Antique Vanity Makeover!

Antique Vanity Makeover!

You haven’t heard from me in a while. I’m sorry. However, I’ve been very productive in the studio! I would show you pictures of it but right now it’s a total mess with projects I have going on. I’ve been acquiring (hoarder vocabulary) a lot of furniture lately and having fun giving all of it giant makeovers. One such project was this vanity I purchased from Letgo. It only cost me $25. However, I did have to brave DC traffic to pick it up, which (if you know anything about DC) means I was risking a very lengthy drive home if I didn’t beat rush hour. I made it though, and it was sooo worth it! Here are some pics.

You know we’re friends if I’m letting you see the mess of the studio in the background!

At first I was going to have the drawers match the General Finishes JQ Gel Stain, 1 quart, Java” data-wplink-url-error=”true”>General Finishes Java gel I used on the top of the piece, but then decided I wanted a more unified look. Note the lovely beading in the details!

The handles were a very dirty brass, so I used Barkeeper’s Friend. Unfortunately they were too grimy for it to make any difference. I even soaked them in Oxi Clean as well, that didn’t work either. Finally just spray painted them all oil rubbed bronze, but since I didn’t want them to blend in with the top too much, I accented them with Rustoleum Metallic Accents in Silver. 


This stuff is my life…I love it!






I lined with drawers with a beautiful scrapbook paper I found at Hobby Lobby. At first I was going to paint the insides of all the drawers, but 1. the idea seemed so tedious, and 2. this piece needed a little oomph in the flair department.

Here’s the final product! It’s going in my older daughter’s room. I hope she loves it, because I really want it for my room!

So, what do you think? Was it worth the drive to DC? 🙂

2017-04-13T00:47:58+00:00 Categories: DIY, Furniture|Tags: , |8 Comments


  1. Nichole Lumpkins March 3, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Wow Meredith, you did a beautiful job re-purposing that dresser . Time to open up an antique shop soon.

    • So Very Merry March 6, 2017 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks Nichole! Actually I’m working on the shop idea as we speak!

  2. Jill McElligott March 6, 2017 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    The vanity is absolutely gorgeous! Your choices for the contrasting colors are stunning!Love…the drawer lining and hardware. You are very talented!

  3. Karen Richards April 20, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I have a vanity just like this. You’ve inspired me to transform it!

    Thanks for the great tips.

  4. Shanelly September 4, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Hey you did a great job I have a question I have one just like it but you see where the mirror screws into the 2 poles I lost the skrews do you mind emailing me a pic of the skrews and measuring how long it is so that way I can find some replacements skrews ? Thanks email is

    • So Very Merry September 21, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      Sorry for the late reply. I actually sold this piece so I don’t have a close up pic of the screws. Sorry!

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