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« on: April 20, 2009 04:10:24 PM »

alrighty all you amazing craftsters, i recently got this amazing vanity for only 10 dollars! gotta love 2nd hand stores,it's soild wood, and is in pretty good shape, but the color is super ugly and blends into my walls, and doesn't do any justice, i have an idea as per what i would like to do.. i want to paint it black and on the drawer fronts i'd love to put some paisley/baroque (black and white) on them, i don't know if i should paint/stencil it, or just mod podge it to the front, but yeah i haven't done any type of furniture recons, so if anything could help me with this that would be great, i know i need to sand it and shit, but what is the best type of paint that'll give it a nice finish, and not drip, i also live in a small condo/apartment and would have to do this in a small area, so fumes are kinda an issue, if you can give me any insight that would be awesome, also i have to reupholster the stool, so if someone could tell me how to do that then that would be awesome!!! thanks and i thought i'd throw a photo of the lovely vanity in just to show you! oh and on the right hand side at the bottom it's missing part of the wood front, so should i just take off the other one to make it more symmetrical or try and replace the front of the other?

Thanks for your insight!!! and taking the time to read my post! and the whole embedding images isn't working for me. sorry!
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2009 04:15:04 PM »

What a cute vanity!! I can't really give any advice on types of paint. My only suggestion there would be to go to a paint store and ask them for some ideas. But I do recommend taking off the piece of wood so both sides match and I think it would look better without that piece instead of replacing the other side. As for reupolstering if the part that's covered in fabric comes out all you have to do is take that piece out take of the existing fabric and using a staple gun staple on the new fabric. You'll want to have some padding and make sure to pull tight when stapling fabric starting with one side doing the opposite of that side and the same with the other side and then the corners. That's how I would do it anyways. I hope all this makes sense Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2009 05:08:02 PM »

oh yeah that makes sense, thanks! i love this vanity and i just really want it to turn out amazingly.
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2009 05:12:18 PM »

Oil based paint gives a very smooth, finished look when dry and done right, it won't drip (just don't load it on). Unfortunately, oil based paint gives off very strong fumes so it is best to do it in a well-ventilated area. Spray paint is also an option but I've never been a fan of spray paint... I always make a mess!
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2009 05:27:48 PM »

Ok, here are my recommendations for the vanity. 

Take off the piece of wood on the bottom, and replace both sides with a piece of crown molding.  It will look like it was supposed to be there.

For paint, go to a regular paint store and ask for a paint called Impervex.  It's a water based paint, it goes on very smooth, and there are NO harmful odors.  It costs a little more, but trust me, you'll be glad you paid the extra buck.

And for prettying up the front of the drawers, I would paint the design on, right over top of the black paint.  If you don't want to do that, add a decal and varnish over it.

I can't help you with the upholstery.  There are people on Craftster that are more knowledgable than I am for recovering furniture.

Good luck, and remember to post when you are finished.
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2009 05:47:54 PM »

awe thank you so much pinokeeo! and i will be posting photos of my progress, i hopefully will be starting the sanding this week, that is the main job i'm not looking forward to... lol but it has to be done!
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2009 05:43:09 PM »

Remember to sand first with a coarse grain and then progressively switch to smaller and finer grains. If you plan to do the sanding by hand, you can make it easier on yourself by wrapping the sand paper around a piece of wood.

If you have an electric sander, don't forget the corners.

« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2009 01:42:55 PM »

That's a deco piece from the 1930s.  Underneath that horrible paint is probably mahogany veneer, not the tissue thin stuff they use now, but prob 1/8" thick.  If you ever decide to strip it, you're in for a wonderful surprise.  For now, wash, scuff sand, paint, perhaps with a deco style stencil added to the drawer fronts?

For the stool: does the seat drop into a frame which unscrews from the bottom, or is the fabric attached over the whole seat?  If the first, unscrew, remove old fabric and padding (prob horsehair/cotton or wool batting) while dodging years of dust, put on foam cushion covered with a layer of craft batt, then fabric, and screw it back down.  If it's the second, remove staples, fabric/dust/batt, replace and staple down again.  It's not hard.  The hardest parts are dodging the dust (mask) and getting the new fabric straight and taut.
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