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Flip Top Vanity; Layers & Layers

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  I went to Brady a few weeks ago to visit family, and pick up some goodies.  My mom and grandma found this beautiful vanity at a garage sale in Brady.  I absolutely LOVE the shape of the legs, and the flip top mirror.IMG_4016 image(22)I started working on the vanity the day after I got it home.  I just couldn’t wait any longer, I had to know what was hiding underneath all of the layers of paint.  I started sanding, and came across layers, and layers of paint… and more paint.  Twenty minutes later a little wood Finally broke through. Woohoo!

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DSCF7117Instead of spending countless hours sanding I decided to use paint stripper.  After applying four coats of paint stripper, scrapping and sanding in between each coat, and one final round of sanding.. Viola, a beautiful wood top!!
image(22) copyimage(22) copy 3The wood underneath all of that paint is astonishing!!  I am so glad I took the time to strip, and sand the top.

I thought about stripping the base, but I really like the way the layers of chippy paint textured the vanity.
image(2)*Can you see all of the texture the layers of chippy paint left me?

My vision for this beauty was dark stained wood on top with an antique white base.

However, the antique white was a little too white with how dark I made the top.  I mixed the stain I used for the top of the vanity with VM&D’s wax to slightly darken the base.
DSCF7139I let it sit for twenty-four hours then gradually rubbed it off in a circular motion.  It ended up giving it the perfect amount of color without taking away from the antique white I wanted.
DSCF7154All I had to do know was apply my top coat, and have a photo shoot. My favorite part!!

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DSCF7156Look at that beautiful wood, Ah!
image(4)editI paired it with this super cute wooden fold up chair; a match made in heaven!

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