This vanity had a messed up top – the finish was all bumpy pitted. I had a vision for this piece, and it included a smooth top, so I started by giving my top a little buzz from the mouse sander.
My vision wasn’t all mine – I was painting this piece for a dear friend and she let me know that her favorite colors were American Paint Company’s Surfboard and Momma’s Lipstick. First, the Surfboard
then some Momma’s Lipstick and Navajo White. The ‘feet’ caught my eye so I decided to gold leaf them.
The first layer was brushed thin, the second coat applied as a ‘wash’ – it goes quick, not much paint used, but makes a big difference in evening out your finish.
Woops, forgot the mirror – need to do that too-
I decided to seal it with APC’s retired ‘Light Vintage Wax’ – it is a very subtle wax , perfect for this finish.
I scrubbed/brushed it on,
and wiped it off, with a dry cloth.
Yes, that simple – brush it on, move it around to insure every surface is covered
then wipe it off. Don’t try to leave excess wax on, thinking the darker will create a richer effect – it will only leave you with a forever tacky feeling finish. If you want a darker effect use APC’s Dark Wax.
The APC Light Wax again. You can see how sheer this wax is, it’s FABULOUS over light colors like this Surfboard or whites.
Wax on – wipe off
Softly wipe and remove the excess wax.
Your painted surface should be ready to buff to a pretty sheen in about 3-4 hours. Make sure you have a few dry rags so you aren’t using the same saturated one.
I painted the mirror APC Navajo White, and drybrushed the highlights with APC Momma’s Lipstick.
I added a little pop block of stencil to each side, both randomly placed. Isn’t she pretty?
I gold leafed the spindles to the chair, to tie it together with the ‘feet’.
A few Swarovski crystals finished it off – it was the perfect fit for my friend
Have you tried American Paint Company? Their chalk/clay/mineral based, all natural paints, are pretty cool! They offer an awesome palette of colors, and a great line up of finishes, including THE perfect clear wax, and even more perfect alternative, Topcoat finish.
Post courtesy of Patty Henning of Fabulous Finishes in Michigan