Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Chippy Aqua Vanity

I saw this vanity set on CL, and it reminded me of pieces done by one of my absolute favorites, European Paint Finishes.  They are my furniture idols! :)


I had been trying to figure out how to get a really sweet chippy look, and wasn't having much luck until Sausha, over at Show and Tell wrote a post about distressing with vaseline
Let me tell you, it works awesome!!!  I won't go into detail about how I did it because it's all there in Sausha's post, but after working for hours trying to make things look chipped up, it was amazing to just wipe away the vaseline and wahlah~ chippy deliciousness!!! 

I also used a razor blade and sanding blocks, but the vaseline was the bomb!
*I use a spray gun for my projects...not sure how the vaseline would hold up if the paint was brushed over it.

The paint color I used was just a mixture of some paint I already had on hand along with some oops paint.  Both were Valspar paint + primer. 

After a little more distressing, I wiped dark walnut stain over the paint.

I sealed it with 2 coats of wipe-on poly in satin.


I stripped the top of the vanity and stained it in mahogany to match the original stain color that was peeking out from underneath the new paint on the base of the vanity and mirror. 

I topcoated it with a few coats of tung oil~

~and finished it off with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax in Special Dark.
I had to order this online from Rockler, and got free shipping thanks to a tip from Korrie! :)

Gotta have the before~

Here it is now~





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80 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

beautiful, kim!!! that color and finish are awesome!

bethany said...

what an amazing transformation!! such a gorgeous piece!

Twice Nice said...

That is a beautiful piece! Love the staging in the garden for the after photos. Deb

Lesley Litrento said...

This is TRULY one of the most breathtaking transformations that I have seen in a very long time. Kim....it is really special. Wow.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

That is incredible looking Kim! I LOVE it!!!!!!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh wow Kim! You really achieved that super chippy look! And great tips! I can now comment again because I unchecked the little box that says stay signed in.

Margo said...

WOW! My mouth is still hanging open!!! You totally rock at this!!

Huggs from Arizona!

Ali Richardson said...

WOW!!!! This looks amazing! Chippy and wonderful! Great job KIm ;)

Kelli said...

Kim, it is absolutely beautiful! I wish we got those kind of treasures here in the desert, what a wonderful piece. Thanks again for all your help, my nightstand is looking sharp:)

Stephanie said...

That turned out so beautiful! Love the color and the finish - and that mirror is gorgeous! What are your plans for it?

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

that looks awesome kim!!!! vaseline... hmmm... very interesting!

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

It's a thing of beauty! I'm glad that you have a post I was beginning to wonder where you were, I thought maybe you fell into a bucket of paint or something:) I love your blog!!!

Sausha @ {show and tell} said...

this is my favorite one that you have done - it looks so good! And thanks for the "shout-out" :)

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Kim, I knew there had to be a good reason you went MIA on us. This is better than good....OMG it is gorgeous!!! The chippy distressing is beautiful. The bench, perfect. I just love, love, love this! I think your best one yet!!!!

Jacqueline said...

Looks beautiful love your distressing job!

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

You did an amazing job and wow, did it sound like a lot of work! The color and the distressing are beautiful. Thanks for the tips.

Donna said...

Wow! your dressing table is just gorgeous! I've never heard of using Vaseline to distress furniture! thanks for the tip. Love the color!!

Flo said...

I will def. try this technique out! Love the color... : )

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

LOVING IT! Kim, this is a beautiful redo, made extra special by the garden setting.

Melissa and Scott said...

So incredibly LOVELY Kim! I was just reading Shauna's post his week and thinking I wanted to try that Vaseline trick. Worked beautifully for you!

~Melissa

Etcetorize said...

What a pretty piece. It turned out so nicely.

Chrissie said...

Amazing! It looks absolutely beautiful!

rachel @ gilly grey said...

This is absolutely stunning. I Love it! And thanks for the Vaseline tip. I'm heading over to Sausha's blog to check it out.

Rachel
xoxo

Nancy said...

Absolutely stunning! I can't wait to read the Vaseline post. Anyway, this is just so so so pretty!

Nancy

missbmckay said...

Super! I love European Finishes too. This piece is just outstanding. Great job! I look forward to seeing more of your finds.

Nick G said...

Looks great! Great finish, great color combo!!

Junker Newbie Stephanie said...

hi - visiting from Finding Fabulous linky. I never heard that about Vaseline before, interesting! The result is amazing, good job!

I just tried Annie Sloan's chalk paint for the first time this week. Have you used it? I like the way it distresses.

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

holy crap!! this turned out amazing!! love all the pictures.

The Paupers Castle said...

Love It! Can't wait to read how you did this. I am headed there next. Fantastic job!

The Gunny Sack said...

I love this! And thank you for linking to that fabulous technique! I can't wait to try it out.

Thanks for stopping by my site!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I am absolutely loving your gorgeous dresser!! The finish is so wonderful on it- you did an amazing job! I would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday at my blog! :)

eleven-o-one creations said...

Very Pretty. Thanks for the details.

Lisa @ Before Meets After said...

Kim I LOVE this!!! It makes me want chippy awesomeness!!!

Melissa and Scott said...

Oh my stars. My earlier comment about "Shauna" probably made no sense. I meant Sausha!

What a dingbat I am ;)

the modern cottage said...

lovely!!! I am trying to find that darn dark wax! :)

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I love the heavy distressed look of it. And the color is wonderful too!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Wow! Seriously...wow! That's an amazing piece of furniture, and I love the color you chose! Glad you are liking the dark wax. :-)

Bettsi said...

Oh boy! That is chippy, pretty perfection!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Wow wow and WOW. Spectacular outcome on a wonderful piece! I love the larger chunks of distressing, so cool.

Shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 83. :)

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Donna

Inspired by you said...

So awesome! Love the color!

Susan @ Busy Home Adventures said...

This is really lovely! Thanks for showing it off. I am also trying to redo a dresser with a dark wood top but painted, distressed sides. I've been using walnut stain but now I see I should try mahogany. Yours is so pretty!

Ranger 911 said...

I must have walked right past pieces like this a THOUSAND times and never gave them a second look. I have one in my house that I was going to repair, but now I see that is a complete waste of time. I'll just paint right over the flaws. LOVE the way yours turned out!!!

freckled laundry said...

Awesome technique & b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. results! {LOVE}
Visiting from a Funky Junk link on facebook. ;)

Honey at 2805 said...

Fabulous makeover and I adore the color! Nice job.

Jess said...

I. Am. In. Love!!!! Tell me please - I see a white edge between the brown dresser and the aqua paint. Did you paint it white first, then aqua and then sand in such a way that the white shows through as well?
jgabriel at shaw dot com

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

WOW. And I mean seriously ... WOW. Gotta be my favorite furniture redo ever!

Joselyn said...

Love the two toned color and distressed finish.

Serendipity Chic Design said...

OMG! OMG! OMG! Kim...That is how I feel about this piece!

Take care,
Lisa

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! I've never heard of using Vaseline to distress furniture. Wow. I learn something new every day here in Blogland!

I hope you'll come link to the A2D Sunday Link Party!!

Alicia Damron said...

This is gorgeous! Thank you for including all the up close detail shots, I LOVE those. I'll have to head over to the other blog now to learn about the Vaseline, that's totally new to me.

Shabby Marilyn said...

As others have said, BEAUTIFUL chippy job. Aqua is my favorite color too, looks fantastic! Good tip to learn, vasoline, can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Really sweet!

Rondell

The Painted Parlor said...

You did an AMAZING job on this! I have never heard of the vaseline thing, I'll have to go read about it!!

julie

shannon i olson said...

awe!!! absolute love.....wow

Vintage Charm said...

This is GORGEOUS!!!!!

KAT said...

Love, Love ,Love this look
KAT

Becca said...

How fun and gorgeous is this ?! I love the color and will definitely be reading up on how you used the vaseline in this incredible transformation !! Amazing paint color, too. Becca (following along)

www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

Jennifer @ Rustic Renditions said...

Awesome finish! I am definitely going to try the vaseline technique! Thanks for sharing :)

Becca said...

What a gorgeous "after"! This is a wonderful transformation- great job!

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Serendipity Chic Design said...

Am I allowed to comment again, because I love this!

Thanks for linking up to "Meet Me On Monday" Kim.....

Take care,
Lisa

Shelby said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! I love this transformation - so drastic!

Colleen said...

This piece is really great! Vaseline...who knew? But makes total sense when you think about it. I love to color and stained top too. Great job!

Katie said...

I was just thinking to myself "I haven't seen Kim do many projects lately." Go figure! Somehow I wasn't a follower anymore! Urgh! Anywho, I'm back again and I loooove this vanity! The color is beautiful! I'll have to go and check out this vasoline technique!

Mrs.ZebraPrint said...

This is so beautiful!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Kim this is such a beautiful piece. I love what you have done with it and the distressing is gorgeous! Fantastic job. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I am a little behind commenting - but I have featured this Sunday. Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

Pamela said...

Another beautiful piece!

emacleoud said...

great before and after, love it!

Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink said...

What an amazing piece of furniture! I wish I could find something that has such beautiful lines and detail. The colors you chose along with the dark walnut are not something I would have thought of BUT they look INCREDIBLE!
Kim
tiarasandbowties.blogspot.com

Pieces From The Past said...

Love your blog...........I am sharing yours and mine and hope you pass it on
www.pieces-from-the-past.com

pbrenner said...

Beautiful work! I just found your blog (via Miss Mustard Seed), and LOVE your work. Any chance you can share your secret turquoise color? I have been searching for the *perfect* one, and that looks beautiful!
Thanks,
Patty

Perfect Imperfections said...

Hey Kim. I just started browsing through your blog after you left a comment on mine. I LOVE your work!! Question: What spray gun do you use? I'm still using a paint brush....ugh!

MPerkins said...

Beautiful. You inspired me to try!

Rhonda said...

I am so in love with what you did...I am at a lost for words!!! LOVE, LOVE it! Great job!!!
You have inspired me!!!

~~~rhonda~~~

elegantitus.com said...

I found your blog from Pinterest and just wanted to say thanks for inspring me to revamp a table I found on the street!! :)

Carmella said...

Beautiful! this project was just shared on facebook and I just had to come take a look! Now for a silly question...the areas that are "chippy" are where you put the vasoline? I have a vanity to work with and I would love to try this technique! thanks so much for sharing!

Leshia said...

A BEAUTY!!!!

Leshia @ www.southernchiclove.blogspot.com

Zane Wooder said...

I never would of thought of using Vaseline to distress it. Very cool.

zane

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