I was gifted this beautiful antique vanity from a good friend. She had it sitting around for a while and didn't have the time to work on it and I got lucky! I brought it home and let it sit for a couple weeks plotting on what to do with the mirror frame.. jewelry hanger? Chalkboard? Nothing seemed right. I decided then to just start painting it and moved it onto my porch. Then it hit me. It looked like a bench! Well, it was missing a back but that's where the wooden back of the mirror came in.
I was so excited to get started on this that I immediately got Toni to measure and cut the mirror to attach to the back of the bench. I usually give him some time to absorb my crazy ideas, but I just had to see this executed! Have I mentioned what a great guy I have?
I didn't do anything but wipe it down and clear it of any debris from attaching the back. Some of the wood was REALLY dry on the top so I knew it would probably chip quite a bit. I always get a bit of apprehension at this point because there is really no control of the chippy. . Once I'm committed to a piece being chippy I just go with it.
There are some trick you can use to give yourself a little bit of control over the chippy. You can spray shellac over certain areas of a piece or the entire piece to minimize and eliminate chipping. Or use the extra bond if you want NO chipping.
When you allow the paint to chip it does what it does.. You can enhance it by scraping the paint away or minimize it by only removing the large chips, most of these will just flake off if you run your fingers over the piece. Then you use your finishing paper and lightly sand to make the piece smooth before you wax.
So I mixed up some Milk Paint and got started!
Two coats later I worked it out to how I like and applied my favorite Maison Blanche Antique wax in Dark Brown.
If you've never used MB waxes they are a must have! I got this entire piece waxed and buffed in about 8 minutes. There's not any other product out there that I've used that is so simple and easy and FUN to use when waxing!
Voila! I made a pretty nifty bench that would be great under a covered patio or indoors!