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I’ve been on winter break for a whole week and I’ve already completed the big project I had planned. What should I do with the rest of my time? While I am figuring that out, I thought I’d share the deets of my project so you can try it too!

First, I found a vintage solid wood piece of furniture on Craigslist for $75. Nice, right?

I removed the hardware and gave the whole thing a light sanding by hand.

This was my first attempt ever at shabby chic-ing unpainted furniture so I tried it out on one of the drawers first. I prepped the drawer by taping along the edges of the surface to be painted and by removing the drawer liner.

Then I painted it with two coats of primer using a small roller brush. I prefer this type of brush because I feel that regular brushes leave more streaks.

Next I painted two coats of color. I got a huge can of paint for only $5 at Home Depot because it was in the reject section. Be sure to check there first because they have quite a selection of colors.

Then I painted on a coat of glaze to seal the paint and make the piece smooth to the touch.  I use a medium glaze for acrylics that I bought at Michaels. I don’t know if it is the best thing to use, but it seems to do the trick.  (**If you have other suggestions, please leave them below.**) I applied a whole bunch of it and then gently wiped it off with a towel.

Once it was dry, I sanded it in random spots. I tried to select places that would naturally see some wear over time like edges and corners.

Then I applied glaze over the sanded spots.

The very last thing I did was spray paint the hardware, first with primer, then with a dark walnut color.

Once they dried, I reattached them to the vanity.

After everything was reassembled, I patted myself on the back for a good first try. Sure, there were some mistakes, but in the shabby-chic style, those are called “character”!


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