I’m always drawn to vintage French Provincial pieces. They’re usually in need of an update from the original cream and gold paint job but are such classic, timeless pieces. When I found this flip top vanity for a great deal I was ecstatic!
The original finish was dirty and someone had poorly covered the gold trim with turquoise paint that was flaking. I sanded as much as I could and sealed the entire piece with a thick coat of Country Chic’s Tough Coat. While this is typically a top coat, it works great as a base coat and sealer as well. I painted the interior Simplicity and Pebble Beach before using a special mirror adhesive to attach a new beveled edge round mirror.
Country Chic Paint’s new Limited Edition Fall/Winter color “Ever After” was the perfect color to modernize this vintage piece while keeping its classic, feminine charm.
The paint alone I found to be more purple than I wanted so, working on small sections at a time, I dampened the piece and brushed on Graphite glaze with a damp brush, immediately wiping the excess. Once the glaze was completely dry I applied a little grey wax to give a dusty, aged look. With a pinch of distressing, a little gold paint on the faux lock, and the beautiful original handles back in place this flaking, dingy piece was once again elegant and beautiful.