Hey Y’all! (Been dying to say that, although it doesn’t work quite as well with a British accent) This weeks project has been quite a tough one for all sorts of reasons, I’d decided to makeover this vanity that I’d picked up from a local yard sale site and….I’d also decided to quit smoking, finally! The frustration of not smoking was having an impact on my painting time, making me irritable and I was finding it harder than usual to get stuck into a project. However, towards the end of my first week of quitting my motivation returned and I was finally able to focus, not only on painting the vanity but also on writing this blog. But enough about me and my awesome achievement, back to the vanity 😉 this is how it looked when I picked it up, it looked to be in decent shape although on closer inspection it did have a couple of issued that needed fixing up.
As usual, I washed the whole thing down, removed the mirror, drawers and hardware and prepped for painting, I love the original look with the bronze patina on the hardware and decided to keep it just as it is. A week or so ago I’d picked up a quart of Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Aged Gray, I’ve used this paint before in Linen White and it always seems to go on smoothly and is thinner than some chalk paints I’ve used before. I applied the first coat of this and let it dry overnight. When this was dry I applied the second coat of chalk paint, this was the first time that I had planned to use dark wax on a painted piece so with this in mind I left the brush strokes as they were as I wanted the wax to have some good crevices to stick to for an aged effect. I distressed the edges with a sanding block and wiped off all of the dust.
Now it was time to start applying the wax finish, first I applied a coat of clear wax to seal the piece and left it overnight to cure, then it was on to the dark wax. I was so nervous doing this I decided to try the drawers first to see how I liked it, there’s something weird about spending all the time and effort painting something to look nice and then putting something on it to deliberately make it look old and kind of dirty and I have to admit that after putting the dark wax on two of the drawer fronts I didn’t like it! It immediately set off my OCD and I thought it looked like it just needed a good clean 🙂 I was a little gutted and decided to leave it for a day or two and see if it grew on me or if I was going to repaint the drawers and decide on a different route. I’m glad to say that I did get used to the dark wax and decided to take the plunge and do the whole piece, as you can see from the pictures, it changed the whole look of the chalk paint, bringing out all of the detail in the piece and I loved it! I didn’t get any ‘during’ pictures with this but I already have plans to use the dark wax on my next piece so I will try to do more of a tutorial with that one.
When the waxing was done I cleaned up the brass hardware as it was so pretty I wanted to keep the original look, for this I used a paste of lemon juice and baking soda and it scrubbed up really well. I re-attached the hardware and the mirror and it was all done. My first attempt at using dark wax turned out not as scary as I’d imagined and I’ve ended up with the glamorous vanity that I’d always wanted 🙂
I would love to hear your opinions on this project, do you like the dark wax finish? Leave me a comment below.