NEED SOME COLOR INSPIRATION? IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT MOODY BLACK-BROWN, I HAVE YOU COVERED WITH THIS GORGEOUS VINTAGE VANITY MAKEOVER!
Hi, sweet #sifamily, and welcome back! Have you had your morning coffee yet? I’m here to serve you up some Coffee Bean goodness! ☕️ Here’s a modern-moody-black-brown chalk mineral paint that makes a statement while adding a TON of character to your furniture makeovers, decor projects… or even your walls. I’m also including a few quick tips that I’ve learned over the years to make painting these vanities and mirrors A LOT faster. Can’t wait to hear what you think….. this before and after has me smiling from ear to ear.
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Black on black. Isn’t she stunning!?!
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COFFEE BEAN VINTAGE VANITY MAKEOVER
My original plan for this makeover was to paint the body and swivel mirror — and have a stained top.
The top was badly scratched so unfortunately (or fortunately… because I really like how it all turned out!) while trying to get rid of some of the deeper scratches, I sanded through the veneer in a few spots. Once the veneer is sanded to deep, a stained finish is not possible because the sanded veneer will stick out like a sore thumb.
If you’re not sure about the difference between veneer and laminate, I wrote an entire article here.
Plan B. Paint. To stop any bleed-through and seal the exposed wood veneer, I primed with this BIN Shellac Primer using my go-to 4″ mini foam roller. It took two coats and sealed the wood perfectly. Within an hour I was painting.
I’ve worked on a good few of these vintage vanities in the past. For many years I removed the mirror and disassembled the swivel stand to get a professional finish. I found a MUCH easier way. I leave the mirror in the frame while I paint. If a little paint overlaps the glass/mirror while I’m painting — no worries. Once the paint dries, I use this glass scraper to remove any paint on the mirror. It works amazingly and saves me a ton of time.
Another time-saver is to position the mirror face down on a table or workbench after the frame has been painted and dried. I know this isn’t the prettiest picture but hopefully, it helps in giving you a visual.
By positioning it this way, The swivel frame hangs down and every inch is accessible to reach with a paintbrush or spray gun. If you’re using a paintbrush, here’s a GREAT way to paint spindles without brush marks!
I kept the original hardware painting in Coffee Bean and then gave it 3 coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly in Satin. This is my favorite top coat for hardware because it’s durable, fast-drying, and easy to apply.
My friend Christy at Confessions of A Serial DIY’er inspired me with her Fixer Upper makeover last week, so I used Re-Design With Prima’s NEW Cheetah Transfer to add some patterns to the drawers. Update – I don’t think this transfer is available anymore but here is a similar substitute.
It adds a touch of whimsy design while keeping it sleek and elegant.
I love all this detail and this gorgeous Coffee Bean brown-black!
For the top coat, I sprayed two coats of this Clear Coat for a perfect satin finish.
I’ll be back on Thursday with my Furniture Fixer Uppers Crew with the before and after of these nightstands. See you then!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS ‘COFFEE BEAN’ PAINTED VANITY … OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
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Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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