Hi friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! In my last post, I found the perfect white for my bathroom walls. The walls look amazing, so this inspired me to refresh my bathroom vanity.
I wish I had a before pic of this vintage dresser when I first bought it back in 2008.
It was purchased at my local ReStore for $40 and came with a shapely swivel mirror that I desperately wanted to use as part of the ‘look’.
M-M-M did his best to fit and raise the mirror so it wouldn’t interfere with the sink installation, but unfortunately, it looked awkward and way too small.
Over the weekend, I added some much needed personality to my vanity. It needed a makeover after 8 years!
I stripped the drawers of the original white paint, then applied a whitewash technique to allow some wood texture to peek through. Although the body of the vanity didn’t need an entire repainting, around the drawers was long overdue for a touch up.
Paired with some large cute knobs and fresh silicone around the sink, I’m loving this new look.
And the best part is, this restyle only took a few hours!
If you’ve ever stripped a wood finish before, you know the process is easy enough. But let’s be honest, it’s NOT fun. Stripping furniture is not my favorite thing to do. It’s messy and stinky.
Safety precautions like good air circulation, covered floors/surfaces and protecting your skin and eyes are a must.
Supplies & Tools:
Paint Stripper – Here I used Heirloom but I’ve also used Circa 1850 and a few other brands
Coffee Can or Container Lined w Silver Paper
Stripping Pads and/or Wire Brush
Plastic or Cardboard Floor Protection
Drawers are flat and straight forward to strip, but if you’re working with a detailed piece, it may take more time and patience to get into all the nooks, crannies and crevices with a wire brush or stripping pad.
HOW TO STRIP PAINT OFF FURNITURE
1. To protect floors and surrounding surfaces, cover with thick cardboard or plastic. Work in a well ventilated area and always wear rubber gloves, long sleeves, pants and protective eye wear. Stripper will sting your skin if it gets on you!
2. Pour a generous amount onto the surface and then use a chip brush to spread the stripper over the entire surface. Let the stripper work it’s magic for a few minutes. You will notice the paint starting to lift and bubble.
3. Use a putty knife or scraper to scrape off the old finish once it has bubbled but is still wet. I scrape it off directly into a plastic Folgers coffee container lined with silver paper. If the stripper has not removed all the paint on the first try, work in layers and apply another application.4. Use an old sponge and water to clean and rinse the remaining bit of stripper off the furniture. Once it’s all removed, let dry.
5. Once all the stain is removed and it’s wiped clean, pour Mineral Spirits onto a rag and wipe the surface clean. Then use a damp sponge or rag to remove it. Allow the surface to dry 100% before applying another paint or stain.
Once the drawers were stripped of the old paint, I sanded them, opened the wood pores with a wire brush and then applied a white wash.
I’m loving my refreshed vanity. Small changes can make a big difference!