How One Woman Gave A Vanity From 1942 A Complete Makeover
I love giving new life to old, beat up pieces of furniture. One of my favorite projects to-date was a big pine dresser we were given. The finish was peeling off and the color didn’t match the decor in our home. I sanded it down and painted it with a sage-colored mineral paint. I absolutely love how it turned out, and it now matches our bedroom decor perfectly.
Hometalk contributor Molly AuBuchon recently completed a furniture revival of her own. She found a wood vanity from 1942 on her local buy and sell site and purchased it for $50. Although damaged and in need of a serious facelift, Molly knew it had some serious potential.
She started by removing the extremely thick veneer. Molly found that using a straight-edge razor and putty knives did the trick, though it took a while.
Next, it was time to use a sander to smooth out the wood past the veneer-removal stage. This took a while given how many round pieces and detailed wood pieces the vanity had, but the end result was well worth it.
Time for the fun part: staining!
Four coats of stain and some brass polisher for the original hardware restored this beauty to its former glory.
Just look at the difference!
Thanks for sharing this wonderful before-and-after, Molly! This has definitely inspired me to tackle more furniture restorations over the coming months.
h/t Hometalk/Molly AuBuchon – incredible work!