Vanity makeover using chalk paint

Vanity makeover using chalk paint and wallpaper

I was asked by a friend if I could give a small vanity she was given a makeover. It was not in the best of shape and was missing the mirror and a knob for one of the drawers.

I knew I had some chalk paint in my workshop leftover from my headboard makeover that would be suitable for this vanity.  She did not want anything fancy, so this project is not as unique as other projects you will find on my website. My idea was to paint the vanity using chalk paint and I would add some wallpaper to the drawers as a feature.

Vanity makeover using chalk paint and wallpaper

Small vanity makeover using chalk paint

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Clean up the vanity surface ready for painting

The surface had lots of scratches on it, so chalk paint would work perfectly. I started by cleaning up the surface with some warm soapy water and a scourer.  There was lots of grease and grime from makeup on the vanity surface.

vanity makeover

By the look of the vanity surface, it looked like a lacquered finish. To prepare the surface for painting I gave the surface a sand using 120 grit sandpaper. This will give the chalk paint a better surface to stick to.

Vanity makeover using chalk paint and wallpaper

You can repeat the same prep work on all the vanity drawers. I used Annie Sloan’s French linen chalk paint for this dresser. I like to store my chalk paint in these FIFO bottles because I find it lasts longer.  If you are having issues with your paint rusting inside the cans these are perfect.  You can apply the chalk paint with other brushes I personally prefer a chalk paint paintbrushThis video will show you the correct way to add chalk paint.

Vanity makeover using chalk paint and wallpaper

Painting the Vanity

Once the first coat has been applied it is normal to see the brushstrokes on the surface.  These will be less visible once you have added the second coat. Some people don’t mind the look of the brush strokes but I prefer a smoother surface.  To achieve this I use 3m scouring pads and rubbed down the surface.  You can use sandpaper, I personally find it clogs up too quickly.  As you can see from the image below the original mirror was attached with screws.  It is a good idea to fill any holes before painting.  I had to go back and fill mine, I only noticed them after taking all the photos and doing the tutorial.

Vanity makeover using chalk paint and wallpaper

I repeated the same process on the drawers. Once the vanity was dry I sealed the chalk paint with water-based polyurethane.

Vanity makeover using chalk paint and wallpaper

Applying the wallpaper to the vanity drawers

I chose to use wallpaper for this project because I had one at home that would match the paint colour. If you don’t have a wallpaper you can use posters or decoupage napkins.

Vanity makeover using chalk paint and wallpaper

I cut the wallpaper to the correct size to fit inside the recess on the drawers.  Using mod podge or a suitable adhesive apply an even coat inside the recess and place the wallpaper on top.  I waited for the mod podge to dry first then I added another coat over the top.  This will just add some extra protection to the surface.

Vanity makeover using chalk paint and wallpaper

With the vanity painted I just had to reattach the handles to the drawers. As I mentioned in the beginning one of the drawers was missing a knob.  I could not find anything to match the originals, so I replace both with glass knobs. If you don’t want to buy new knobs and have epoxy resin at home, you can always make your own knobs using this method.

Painting the vanity mirror

The vanity did not have a mirror when she brought it but I knew I had one on my shed somewhere. You can find these mirrors at thrift stores or Facebook marketplace.  The mirror was very dusty, but 2 coats of chalk paint made it look as good as new again.

This style of mirror is not attached to the vanity so it can sit on the top or be fitted to the wall.

More furniture makeover ideas

This old dresser was given a geometric makeover.

Dresser makeover

If you are one of those people who hated painted furniture, this post will share some tips to help you restore a dresser.

Dresser restored

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Small vanity get a upcycle using paint and wallpaper

Old vanity gets a paint job and looks as good as new.

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  • Reply
    Michelle Leslie
    May 17, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Your friend must be so impressed with her vanity makeover. So gorgeous especially with the wallpaper detail on the drawers. And I love your tip on using 3m scouring pads. We buy them in bulk at the China Mall so I have loads to play with 😉

    • Reply
      Anita Holland
      May 20, 2021 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Michelle, I love using them. The very fine ones are great for your last sand before the final coat.

  • Reply
    May 17, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Beautiful makeover! I’ve yet to use chalk paint; is there a particular brand you prefer? I love those 3M pads and never thought to use them in this way so thanks for that tip; I’ll definitely keep that in mind when I try chalk paint!

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      Anita Holland
      May 20, 2021 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Sara, It was the only brand I had heard of. lol

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    Rosemary Palmer
    May 17, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    It’s always amazing what a little paint can do – then the touch of wallpaper, you didn’t even have to change the hardware. Great makeover.

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    Linda Johnston
    May 18, 2021 at 12:40 am

    This is beautiful! Well done.

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    Nancy Sargent
    May 18, 2021 at 1:20 am

    What a difference! I love the wallpaper and the crystal knobs!

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    Susan M.
    May 18, 2021 at 1:30 am

    I love how you used the wallpaper in the recessed parts of this vanity! I’m going to have to remember that for some of the projects I’m working on!

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    May 18, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Wow what a beautiful piece not that you added the wallpaper and paint.

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    May 18, 2021 at 3:08 am

    Such a beautiful makeover! I love how it turned out!

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      Anita Holland
      May 20, 2021 at 9:02 am

      Thank you, it has a few more years left now.

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    May 18, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    The recessed drawers are a perfect spot for the wallpaper. It adds so much detail. And I love me some crystal drawer pulls! I never thought of using the 3M pads! So smart. Thanks Anita.

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    Karen the next best thing to mummy
    May 19, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Lovely make over, chalk paint is great, isn’t it?#alittebitofeverything@-karendennis

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    Renee Open
    May 20, 2021 at 1:06 am

    WOW! Both pieces are beautiful! You did a fabulous job making them over. I really love the wallpaper idea – very cool.

    Coming to you from the A Little Bit of Everything link party.

    I hope you have a wonderful day <3

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    Marty Walden
    May 21, 2021 at 2:21 am

    So pretty! I adore transforming ordinary pieces with chalk paint. Great job!

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    May 21, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Gorgeous Anita, thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

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    May 21, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Wow how creative! What a fantastic job you’ve done x #AnythingGoes

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    May 23, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Anita, I love the wallpaper accents! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

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    Linda Hickey
    May 24, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Love your idea for this dresser. Love the painting technique.

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    May 28, 2021 at 1:04 am

    What a gorgeous piece! Featuring when my link party opens up tonight!

    • Reply
      Anita Holland
      June 1, 2021 at 1:38 pm

      Thank you so much for the feature Carol, I really do appreciate it.

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