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Makeup Vanity Makeover with Chalk Paint

This Makeup Vanity Makeover is brought to you through a partnership with Country Chic Paint. All opinions are my own, as usual.

I am so excited to share this Makeup Vanity Makeover, not only because it turned out so great but because this piece of furniture means a lot to me and I love the backstory. It reminds me of the good old days, don’t get me wrong, these days are great but it is nice to remember where you came from. It gives you a starting place to measure your growth against and to see how far you have come. Yes, that goes for furniture makeovers, too!

I love that accomplished feeling that rushes over me when I have completed a DIY furniture makeover. So I want to share some tips I learned on how to repurpose furniture with paint.

Makeup Vanity Makeover

This makeup vanity started out in pretty rough shape and since I took pictures to share this DIY project, you can see how far it has come too, but first let’s talk about where it came from.

Makeup Vanity Makeover

On one of the first Christmas’s my husband and I spent together as a married couple, I received a box full of cinderblocks. He seriously wrapped up a bunch of cinderblocks in Santa Clause paper and placed it under my tree, just waiting for Christmas morning. He knew for weeks what sat in that shiny box, waiting for me to open and when I was finally let in on the secret, it was pretty funny.

He wanted to surprise me but this kind of gift was not easy to disguise when assembled. He decided to store it in the basement, and then he wrapped up some cinderblock with a note taped to the side.

Once I opened the notebook paper, I read the words scribbled inside that sent me on a journey to the basement. When I finally got to see my actual present that could not be wrapped, without giving away its contents, I laid my eyes on this vanity for the first time. Even as a kid I asked for one those plastic knock off Fisher-Price ones with the big gaudy light bulbs surrounding the mirror but this was a real, grown-up, classy looking vanity. I loved it more than any other piece of furniture I had ever owned. He really nailed it.

Unfortunately, since I had very little experience of owning furniture, I didn’t really know how to take care of it properly. So over the course of the next sixteen years of owning this beautiful vanity, I beat it up pretty good. Now that I know a little bit more about how to properly take care of things, I am repurposing and making over all of my favorite pieces.

I have even started painting the walls, not with chalk paint but you get the idea. I am not only doing furntiture makeovers but I am giving my entire house a makeover. I am using lots of new colors that I shyed away from in the past for some reason and am really enjoying the ability to be as creative as I want.

Makeup Vanity Makeover

Thankfully, Country Chic Paint has so many beautiful color options to let you be creative with, no matter what color your creativity calls for!

Not only is it easy to use, but in my experience, it provides the best coverage which is really amazing when you keep in mind that these paints are safe as well as environmentally friendly. The damage to my vanity seemed like it would be there forever, I didn’t know that there was a paint that would allow me to make this piece look brand new again until I found Country Chic Paint.

Makeup Vanity Makeover

Now, I am going to share two very important things today, one of them is obviously a makeup vanity makeover and the other is a warning, something I learned the hard way. If you wear perfume and keep the bottles on your makeup vanity, make sure they aren’t leaking. That is where most of the damage to my makeup vanity’s surface came from, so don’t let the original look die in vain, heed this information.

Makeup Vanity Makeover

I am definitely going to remember what those perfume bottles did to my vanity and am going to do everything I can to protect it this time. I will keep leaky bottles far away from it.

Once I was done sanding, and painting the makeup vanity, I added a layer of clear coat, to give it an extra shine. That is something else I love about Country Chic Paints, the clear coat allows you to put multiple coats on, to give your piece as much, or as little shine as you would like.

Makeup Vanity Makeover

Although I really loved this makeup vanity when I looked at it for the first time, everything happens for a reason. In the end, this worked out great because I really love the way that the vanity came out. Plus, with all of the DIY projects and furniture makeovers going on around here, this fits in better with my decor.

Makeup Vanity Makeover

In case you want to replicate what I did here the color of chalk paint used to paint this vanity is Pebble Beach. It started out a cherry wood that kinda had a left out in the sun look to it, I knew a few people like that. The stool was covered in white that began to show it’s age as well, so I used a piece of gray fabric to reupholster it and painted the legs with the Pebble Beach as well.

Makeup Vanity Makeover

I also added contact paper in a pretty shade that matched both my walls and the vanity paint color. I think I picked it up at the dollar store, it will serve the purpose of protecting the inside.

Makeup Vanity Makeover

Plus I really like the color combination of blue and gray, that is the pairing I have come up with for my bedroom. I am trying to add in more gray shades because it is easy for me to get out of hand with blue. I don’t know why, but every time I get a project in mind, blue is my first choice of color. My couch is blue, my eyes are blue, I was a big fan of Blue’s Clues, and I am even wearing a blue shirt right now. Weird. I am glad to have that pattern end here because Pebble Beach is the perfect color to paint a vanity, using chalk paint.

Makeup Vanity Makeover

I don’t think I could have picked out a better color or a better paint to use for this Makeup Vanity Makeover, I love the way it turned out. If you liked the way it turned out, head over to Country Chic Paint and express your creativity. Don’t forget the brushes, pick up a painting sponge for applying the clear coat and a brush for applying the chalk paint perfectly.

Makeup Vanity Makeover

Laurie

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

Hello! I was hoping you could help me. I happen to have the exact same vanity except mine was missing the mirror when I bought it. Interesting to see yours because I never knew what the mirror looked like. I bought it with intentions of using it as a desk, which I have been. I love it but mine also needs a rehab. I want to sand and stain it a lighter color but I fear it may not be the right wood. Is it real wood?

Melissa

Friday 13th of January 2023

Hello Laurie. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. That's so cool that you were able to recognize your vanity through this post and see the mirror for the first time. While it is real wood it isn't of the highest quality. I would suggest starting this project by sanding down an inconspicuous spot and testing a small area. This way you can get a better idea of what you are working with or use chalk paint. They have lots of light colors available, some that are designed to look like stain and this wouldn't require any sanding.Good luck on your project and I hope this helps at least a little bit.

Tabitha Blue

Saturday 1st of February 2020

It turned out so cute! I love your choice of color... a great addition to any space!

Melissa

Thursday 6th of February 2020

Thank you!

Agnes Dela Cruz

Friday 31st of January 2020

I love how it turned out beaufitul leaving the vintage touch. The gray color works and looks good too.

Melissa

Thursday 6th of February 2020

Thanks!

Beth

Friday 31st of January 2020

I love refinishing furniture. You did a great job with this, it looks great!

Melissa

Thursday 6th of February 2020

Thanks, it is so much fun to do, isn't it?

Ice Cream n Sticky Fingers DFW Parenting/LIfestyle

Friday 31st of January 2020

I love it. I'm got a few pieces that I would love to paint in the next year. Not sure what color to paint them yet. White would probably look the best.

Melissa

Thursday 6th of February 2020

I have been known to paint some pieces white, I just love the bright clean look, but I also love color. Maybe a white piece with some pops of color?