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I’d like to say this layered ‘Stormy Seas’ Vintage Vanity was my plan all along, but the truth is, this makeover took some unexpected turns. My original plan was to layer some pinks and then white wax for a soft romantic look but it turned out quite the opposite with this deep stormy seas layered finish.
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You guys left some comments on the last layered chalk paint post saying it was helpful to see how each layer looked while painting, so I’ve gone ahead and included step by step pics here too. They’re proof, sometimes you just have to go with the flow and see where it takes you!
- Vintage Vanity ( Salvaged | Estate Sale – kind of… you can read more here)
- Paint Brush
- DIY Dawn and Vinegar Cleaner 50/50 mix
- Rub’n Buff & Brass Hardware ( hardware salvaged from another vintage dresser)
- Spray Bottle
- Sand Paper & Tack Cloth
- DB ‘Amethyst’ Chalk Mineral Paint
- DB ‘Butter Cream’ Chalk Mineral Paint
- DB ‘Stormy Seas’ Chalk Mineral Paint
- Dixie Belle’s Black Wax
- Warm Gold Gilding Wax
HOW TO:: LAYERING ‘STORMY SEAS’ PAINT FINISH
- I started by cleaning the piece with a 50/50 mixture of Dawn and vinegar which I keep in a spray bottle. Aside from cleaning furniture, this mixture works really great for household cleaning, sinks, tubs etc!
- I patched all the original hardware holes with Bondo and sanded the Bondo smooth. (Turned out I didn’t really need to because I ended up installing the new knobs in pretty much the same place.)
- I gave the rest of the dresser a light sanding with 180 grit and then wiped away all the dust with a tack cloth.
- Now for some unexpected turns…
Layer #1. Kilz Max Pink Tinted Primer
Seeing as it’s the month of love and I wanted to join in on all the Valentine’s fun, I envisioned this vintage vanity to be soft and romantic. Very feminine. I had a pink-tinted Kilz Max Stain Primer which I picked up at my local ReStore for $15. This was a perfect start to block any bleedthrough (which often happens after sanding these types of vintage pieces) and lay down my pink base all in one step. Who doesn’t like a shortcut, right?!
Layer #2. ‘Amethyst’ + ‘Butter Cream’ Chalk Mineral Paint
To add an interesting layer to the pink, I mixed purple (did you know ultra Violet is Pantone’s Color of the Year!?) and cream to make a complimentary color. I should have measured but I think it was about a 2:1 ratio with Amethyst being the dominant color. When I painted this mix onto the pink, WOWZA… not what I was expecting! But I was a trooper and kept painting. Heavy in some areas, light and feathery in others while I thought of a plan B.
Layer #3. ‘Stormy Seas’ Chalk Mineral Paint
I picked Stormy Seas to layer over and tone down the purple. I applied the paint heavy in some areas, light in others and then sprayed a little water in places so the paint became a wash. This let the color underneath peek through. It gives it a soft subtle look with a lot of depth. You can see from the pic below where I sprayed water. The drawers, the trim, and both sides where the mirror sits have only a light layer or wash of Stormy Seas. You can see a hint of purple showing through.
Layer #4. Black Wax
I’m not sure if black wax can be considered an actual color, but for all the difference it makes to a piece, it might as well be. In the pic below you can see the piece has been sanded and distressed in a few areas (that’s why the paint looks lighter!) and the top drawer and mirror cradle have been black waxed. I applied the wax heavy around the sides and dry brushed into the middle. You can see more of this dry brushed waxing technique here and here.
Layer #4. Gold Gilding Wax
To add more interest, I applied a small amount of this Gilding Wax to highlight the details.
The last little detail was the hardware. The original brass knobs were missing a piece, so I salvaged vintage knobs from an old dresser. They were brightened up with Grecian Gold Rub’nBuff.
And here’s the finished piece. It doesn’t look anything like I was originally planning, but it’s stunning! I’m really happy with how it all turned out!
My takeaway from this piece – go with the flow. I know it sounds a bit woo-woo-wee, but sometimes the furniture will ‘talk’ to you and steer you in its own direction. And what you think is a mistake just might be the way to an unexpected beautiful finish!
I’D LOVE TO HEAR IF YOU’VE EVER LAYERED BEFORE? IF YOU HAVE ANY LAYERING TIPS YOU’D LIKE SHARE OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!
Thanks and have an inspiring day my friends!
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