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DIY: Ashley's Girly Glam Vanity

DIY: Ashley's Girly Glam Vanity

Ashley, whose very Carrie bedroom makeover impressed lots of you, DIYed her bedroom vanity, seen here. Ashley notes that "I wanted a mirrored vanity so badly, but they are pricey and I am a single mom who just started my career. My solution — I took a Craiglist wooden antique vanity and refinished it myself for a metallic look."

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"I wish I could have found and have afforded an actual mirrored vanity, but after the Sex and the City movie everyone wanted one, I think. So I took an old antique vanity from Craigslist and primed and painted it with spray paint. The first time I used a plain metallic silver but I wasn't sold on the results, so I went back and got the chrome-looking version of spray paint. Of course, it did not come out chrome on wood, but it had more of a silver metallic look when dry. I used two coats of the chrome and let it dry overnight. Then I used a polycrylic applied with a brush for stains and finishes, I put about three coats of this on the vanity so it would give off a glossy finish, The spray paint alone needed this final step. The polycrylic also protects the paint job."

I love the effect. Have you ever painted wood furniture to give it a metallic look?

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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
talrocks talrocks 8 years
good job
katyflamingo katyflamingo 8 years
This is awesome Ashley - you are very talented! All the Best, Katy
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Wow, very nice work, Ashley! :) it's lovely !
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Where did you find the vanity, Ashley? I love it - especially the legs!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
Fantastic job! :)
SplAshley SplAshley 8 years
thanks to everyone for their comments! I really don;t consider myself creative or crafty, maybe just resourceful, I work well with an example- in this case the bedroom from SATC- it woudl be great to have the awesome mirrored vanity rnging into the 1000s of dollars but that just isnt realistic for me- and hoestly when you work on something it makes you like it just that much more- I had to do several trial runs to figure out what would work and not look too homemade- my neighbors probably thought I had some problem with all the cans of paint stacked up on trashday- but it was fun and I was happy that I did it myself- and with each project you become more confident and hen you look around and realize you are doing a pretty awesome job and that its fun too!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Such a great job!
hottpink hottpink 8 years
I love it! You did a wonderful job and now I am inspired! I'm not quite as crafty as you though!
tuscanstellina tuscanstellina 8 years
That looks amazing! I love it!
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
Ashley's a bit of a casa hero at the moment. I'm amazed this room only cost you $500 to makeover. Fantastic achievement- enjoy the bedroom!
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Well done, Ashley!
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