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Vanity painted in blue milk paint

We have a WINNER!  First of all I like to thank EVERYONE who participated in my recent giveaway.   Wonderful comments were left and some of you joined my list of blog followers:  a big THANK YOU.  Unfortunately there is always one winner and the winner is Tina. Congratulations Tina!

Now, let’s go on with the post.    I hear rumors that painting furniture will soon be a thing of the past.   The customer wants to go back to unpainted,  bare and stripped furniture.  Painting is passe.  To be honest, I like that too.  I actually like both painted and unpainted furniture.   What I really like are all the furniture re finishers who try to save your ugliest,  broken, tossed away piece and make something out of it.  Drag it home, hammer and glue it back together and paint or stain it back to life.  Voila, a newly refurbished and completely original piece of furniture.   That is basically what I do:  I work with furniture that nobody wants.    The vanity I am talking about today was not ugly, and it was not on its way to the landfill but it was beat up.  I purchased this one from eBay (it was relisted three times).  I just loved it instantly, here is the before picture:


I had a perfect piece of furniture and it did not take me long to find the perfect paint for this project:  milk paint!   This vanity did not need much preparation, just a good cleaning and a light sanding.  On one side the wood veneer is expanding and buckling a bit, but that truly adds character and I did not fix it.  The top has stains, is beat up and I decided to paint the entire vanity.   I choose the perfect shade of blue milk paint, spray painted the hardware with Krylon metallic spray in nickel.  After painting I gave it two coats of clear Annie Sloan wax.  Here is the end result:  (can you tell that the mirror is original?)

generail finishes milk paint

All the details are stunning:



My new favorite color blue:


Easy roll away with those vintage coasters.



I will list this vanity on etsy, please take a look if you live in the Falls Church, Virginia area.


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  1. It is lovely! Love the color you have chosen, fits the piece perfectly. You did a great job!

  2. I have three pieces – the vanity, dresser, and bed of this set. It was my grandparents’ first bedroom suite. I have kept the bed and the vanity the same – beat up dark finish, but stripped the dresser because my grandfather had used it to hold his paint can when repainting his bedroom. In the decades I have had it I have gone back and forth with to paint or not to paint. It seems trends change every ten years. Your transformation is quite lovely.

  3. Juweeltje zeg! Wat een mooie kleur, ik denk dat je dit heel snel verkoopt!

  4. This is just beautiful! I don’t normally go for the real distressed looks, but it really works with this blue!

  5. It’s perfect! Love that shade of blue. Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Here is the link to this week’s soiree: Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  6. Absolutely beautiful! I’ll be featuring you tomorrow night at Knick of Time Tuesday. Thanks for sharing it at the party!

  7. Really lovely! I love the blue and the pretty hardware!

  8. So very pretty. I love the blue.

  9. Hi,
    I love this color! I might have missed it, but what is the name of the actual color?

    • Hi Kamie: Thanks for asking! The vanity was painted with General Finishes Milk Paint in Persian Blue. It was one of the prettiest shades I worked with!

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