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I found this adorable Vanity at an auction and I just HAD to have it! I bought it and promptly put it in my warehouse where I forgot about it. I finally got around to painting it! I knew it would be a good time to get it done now because Christmas is right around the corner and it would make some little girl (or women) a GREAT Christmas present!
- Dixie Belle Paint Company Chalk Paint in “Sawmill Gravy“
- Dixie Belle Paint Company Easy Peasy Wax
- Dixie Belle Paint Company Gilding wax in “Sterling Silver”
- Sponge (or any ling gree rag for wax)
- Paint Brush (I use cling on)
- spray bottle for water
- Electric Sander
- Sandpaper (I used 120 grit)
- White Lightening Cleaner
First off, this wasn’t in that bad of shape at all. Typically I prime all of my pieces, especially if I’m doing a lighter color but this one was already a light color and in great shape except for a small spot so I decided to take a chance.
The rough spot was sanded down using my electric orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper. I did a few once overs on the top to make sure it was all even and smooth though.
Next I used white lightning to clean my entire piece. Make sure if you do use this you also go back over it with water to get off any residue. I will say I LOVE this cleaner, it does a great job and there is NO SMELL. I also store some in a spray bottle in my paint bay to clean pieces more easily there too. BUT, you HAVE to make sure to go over your piece after you use it and wipe it down with just water to make sure there is no residue from the cleaner left.
Next Up, Since I’m not priming this piece I head straight to paint! As mentioned in my supply list I’m using Dixie Belle Sawmill Gravy, a beautiful smooth beige. I’m also using my S50 Cling On Brush. Cling On is my favorite paint brush company hands down. No shedding, I store mine hanging in water, never any issues! I also spray my piece with water as I paint occasionally. Just my opinion but it makes the paint glide on and gives me a buttery smooth finish every time!
I like to do thing layers of paint. I do long lines to give it a smooth finish. Like I mentioned, I also spritz my piece with water as well to make the paint go on smooth. Don’t over use the spritzer though! You don’t want to make your paint runny!
After two layers of paint I decide to add a bit of gilding wax to my piece. I chose “sterling silver” to really make the details stand out! I used my finger but you can use a rag or paint brush too. Also, many local stores such as hobby lobby and Michael’s both usually have it in stock in different brands and colors as well!
Finally, I seal my piece. I chose to do Easy Peasy Spray wax. I use a sponge or a lint free cloth to wipe it off after I spray it on. . Easy Peasy wax is SO EASY to use! You just spray the area completely and evenly, let it sit for about 30 seconds, and then I wipe away. I do this in small sections to make sure I cover everything. Typically I do this 2-3 times to make sure to get a good even coverage of the area. I usually wait about an hour between coats.
That’s it! This was a fun project for me. I took it to my booth at Southern Home Designs. Priced it for $79.99 with a bench, and it sold within 24 hours! I like my fast flips!