Antique Vanity gets a makeover using paint

I recently mentioned I had a new project...
a beautiful antique vanity.

My mother in-law and father in-law gave this beauty to me over the weekend,
and I was ready to get started on it as soon as we had a 50 degree+ weather for it.  
Monday we did! 
So I got to work on it outside and sanded it all down.

Then I wiped it down and got my white paint... after I had it painted white,
I brushed on black to make the details and edges stand out.
Then a couple coats of poly to protect it.. (especially the top)

It quickly got cold so I ended up finishing the mirror indoors.. :0)

and Here it is all together...

The mirror is a little cloudy, but I like that it is original.. and it
definitely has a lot of character.
I did some searching online, and found that you can re silver mirrors,
either have them re silvered, or buy a kit and do it yourself.
So we might look into that one of these days, but I wouldn't want to
ruin this one, so I have debated on making a entire new back/mirror for it
possibly in the future if I happen to find a neat mirror design someday
that I think would suit it,
and then keep the original as is and just put it up.

However for now I decided to try something else...
and I happened to find a mirror that I liked. (and it was less than $10)
and I decided to get it and see if I liked it layered.
 (you can probably see the cardboard corner protectors
still on the mirror in the photo.. ooops!) ha..

It isn't the color I want, but I liked the beaded detail at the edge.
Which actually matches nicely to the neat wood detail in the original mirror.
And the color, well a little paint and that is an easy fix.. :0)

Not stopping there of course...

I also painted inside of the drawers...  peacock blue for an unexpected
pop of color and added a coat of poly.

When that dried well, I got a roll of non-adhesive drawer/shelf liner..

I cut it to size, and used a tape runner to add a little sticky here and there
around the edge to keep the liner in place. (but easily removed)

They are definitely much brighter so I can see what's inside easily.. and the liner has
some texture so things won't roll around when the drawers are opened.

All in all... I am thrilled with how it turned out...
Plus it has family history, it was my husbands grandma's,
which makes it even better.
Gotta love that!

(oh, and  yes - I did remove the cardboard corners off the new mirror)...
In fact, I gave it a makeover also... stay tuned! :0)

So have you ever had a mirror re silvered or redid one yourself?  if so how did it go?

linking up at:
Inspire me Tuesday, the scoop, Thrifty D├ęcor Chick,
Work it Wednesday


  1. Gorgeous! And I LOVE the inside color of the drawers :)

  2. That turned out beautifully the paint job! I also love the unexpected pp of color in the drawers...:) They layered mirror looks good...I really like it and look forward to seeing it's paint job too!

    Blessings, Vicky

    1. Thanks Vicky..
      I really like how it turned out... The mirror redo is coming soon! :0) ha.. Have a great weekend.

  3. This is super pretty! You really gave her some class! Well done!

  4. Great piece and I love the makeover. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty


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