Good morning everyone.There's nothing like a sweet little vanity for a sweet little girl. And even sweeter, one done in pink - fit for a princess.
Here she is - so sweet... But, not easy to get her here....
This is how she looked when we brought her home. ( I have already taken the drawers out in this pic) As you can see she had some scrapes, scuffs and water marks....
Especially on the top. But, I thought no problem some primer and paint and she will be good as new.
Two coats of Zinsser primer later and this is what I saw...
Little red dots all over it. I was beside myself as I thought someone had spilled something in the garage next to it. But when I got to checking it over - they were all over it - and not in a splash pattern. ( I had vacuumed and washed this puppy good before starting) So back to the drawing board. T suggested using Kilz primer as it covers everything. Back to the hardware store.
And after two coats of Kilz on a small area this is what I had. A mess..... Papa volunteered to strip it and sand it back down so we could start all over. ( I think he was feeling my pain)
But, I had been reading about chalk paint being used by all the DIY bloggers I follow. I was quite curious about it. I researched it and everyone was praising it's abilities to be a miracle worker when refinishing furniture. No sanding, no prepping, covers like a dream and leaves that "vintagy" feel everyone is looking for these days. Chalk Paint is quite expensive - I mean mega $$$$$ expensive. I had read some posts where a few bloggers were making their own again, I researched it and found a great, simple recipe for it. I decided I had to try it on this piece as how could it get worse? (I was already looking at stripping and sanding it over.)
So I mixed up this new concoction and whallah... it covered all those little red spots right up. Narry a one was visible. And on top of that it was the nicest paint to work with it. Went on easy and smooth and I absolutely loved it.
This is after a very light sanding with a fine grit (180 or greater) sandpaper and two coats of Johnson's Minwax. (The color is Valspar's Pink Mist)
I am so loving the way it turned out and believe me I had a couple sleepless nights thinking it was a total mess and worrying about how I was going to fix it. I love the finish on it.
I lined the drawers with a really cute pink wrapping paper with sparkly white hearts on it that I found at Target. I decoupaged it inside both drawers so now they are washable and fairly safe from the wear and tear of normal 6 year old use.
We had to really look for knobs that were perfect for it. I knew I wanted glass knobs but not the usual ones. We found these at World Market. I think they are perfect for it.
And, of course, what little princess's vanity doesn't have a beautiful, white, feathery bird perched on it?
Here she is all ready for the little princess that lives in this room. She is thrilled with it.
What do you think - perfect for a princess?
Have you had a project go terribly wrong and then were able to salvage it in the end?
Until next time - have fun creating something you love.