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Topic: Refinished formica vanity - Eek! to Chic  (Read 3303 times)
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MoonChyld3
« on: October 14, 2007 10:47:10 AM »

I've been a long-time lurker and decided to finally add something of my own... A few weeks ago a family friend gave me a vanity that she was getting rid of. I've always wanted one, so of course I jumped at the chance. The only problem was that the drawer fronts were a not-too-appealing faux wood formica, and the drawer handles are not really my style either. So, a trip to Home Depot and a few hours later:

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After:


I had a hard time finding out the best way to paint the formica, but thanks to 5year and this post from Ayn for advice, I sanded first with 120 grit sand paper, used 2 coats of kilz primer, and a light blue latex paint which has held up pretty well so far. *crosses fingers*

I also got new drawer pulls (I couldn't find any handles with the same screw hole distance, so I ended up with two knobs. It kind of reminds me of a pea coat). If anyone wants the old drawer pulls, please let me know and I will send them to you for free! I have no interest in them, and I'm not sure if I can give them to Good Will but I definitely don't want to throw them away. (edit: Sold! Er, Given Away! Thanks!)

I'm really happy with the final result, this is my first time painting furniture and I think it went pretty well.


« Last Edit: October 15, 2007 05:52:45 AM by MoonChyld3 » THIS ROCKS   Logged
a10derHeart
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2007 11:03:34 AM »

I think it came out great! and the double knob effect is just funky enough to look like it was on purpose. I love it when things happen that way
Great Job
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RadioactvUnicorn
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2007 11:35:12 AM »

You can't even tell it's the same!  Fantastic job!
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ViciousGossip
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2007 12:38:13 PM »

It looks really cute! I have a vintage dresser that I'm planning on painting soon, I still have to decide on a color...I also need new knobs. I really like yours, so I might have to steal that idea...you got them at home depot right? How much were they?
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trix_ska
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2007 06:42:55 PM »

Wow! It doesn't even look like the same piece of furniture! Awesome job!
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mygrandmasaysimkool
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2007 06:47:47 PM »

I've been wanting to get an old used piece of furniture and redo it and you have definitly motivated me. You did an awsome job! You should be proud of yourself.
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shastaw2006
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2007 10:01:00 PM »

Join your local freecycle (freecycle.com), I'm sure someone in your area would love to have the knobs, and they'll usually even pick up. I love the new color scheme
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MoonChyld3
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2007 05:48:33 AM »

Wow, thanks for the compliments guys!

It looks really cute! I have a vintage dresser that I'm planning on painting soon, I still have to decide on a color...I also need new knobs. I really like yours, so I might have to steal that idea...you got them at home depot right? How much were they?
They were either $1 or $2 each I think, but they had a lot to choose from. I got fairly basic knobs.


Join your local freecycle (freecycle.com), I'm sure someone in your area would love to have the knobs, and they'll usually even pick up. I love the new color scheme
That's a great suggestion. To my surprise I've already received a PM from someone who's interested!
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ViciousGossip
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2007 04:58:01 PM »

I'm glad they're cheap, I need about 15 knobs! Thanks for the info!
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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2007 06:58:44 PM »

Yay, I'm glad it turned out so well! It looks lovely.

Ha, I had the same knob problem with a dresser I refinished a few years ago, and I ended up doing the double knob thing also.
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