Wanting to up-date her bathroom without buying a new vanity, the homeowner decided to have it painted instead. I showed her a glazed wood sample that I had previously done on a jelly cabinet that she thought would be perfect for the piece. Painting furniture, especially a dated bathroom vanity is a great way to update a piece that has good “bones”. If the furniture is structurally sound a major renovation is not necessary.
After priming and then painting the light oak vanity in an antique white, I did a strie finish in a glaze tinted with Benjamin Moore’s Davenport Tan. The doors were highlighted with a darker glaze. The homeowner thought the door fronts were too plain. While looking through one of my painted furniture books, she came across a hand-painted flower that she loved, and asked me to replicate it and paint it on the doors. It was fun painting the flowers and it really added something special to the vanity. I sealed the entire piece with two coats of a satin varnish to protect the glazed finish. She is so pleased with how it turned out! Here is the finished glazed piece.