I have a confession. I used to be an America’s Next Top Model junkie.
After my afternoon classes in college, I would binge watch episodes. I always wanted to fast-forward through the catty drama and over-the-top scripted “reality” version of Tyra Banks, but what really hooked me was the makeup. The glitz, the hair, the makeovers for photoshoots, that was what kept me sucked in.
So when Vintage Storehouse Restoration Company supplied me the chance to play with their “makeup”, I was giddy. And I had the perfect “model” in mind.
Last year, at a big children’s consignment sale, I found this cute child’s vanity for $20. It had some scuffs, but really what two year-old playing with mommy’s tickly makeup brushes and shiny jewelry really cares about that?
I have to admit, whenever it comes to needing to mix my paint, I get nervous. I’ve attempted DIY chalk paint before with gritty, less than stellar results, and milk paint has been tricky for me in the past. But this stuff was really easy.
The great thing about Chalky Paint Powder is it can be mixed with any paint, so if you have a specific color you need, you can make it a chalk paint. There are no limitations like with pre-mixed chalk paints.
I just followed the directions on the jar by mixing 1 Tbsp of water with 2 Tbsp of Chalky Paint Powder in a cup. It was creamy smooth with no lumps at all.
I poured in 1 cup of paint I already had hanging out in our garage.
I used Benjamin Moore Winter Gates leftover from our bathroom makeover.
That first coat is always a little scary.
Two coats was all I needed. The finish would have been more “chalky” if I’d used a flat finish paint, but since this piece was laminate and not wood, I wasn’t going to distress it anyway. The Chalky Paint Powder made my paint stick really well without the need for primer or sanding.
After the vanity dried well, I sealed it with Fiddes & Sons wax.
I just spooned about 2 Tbsp of wax onto a cheesecloth and applied a coat of it all over the vanity.
Then, I got to start on the fun part!
Applying this stuff, the Metallic Powder, is like playing with eyeshadow. I used Skyscraper, which is a silver color. They have several more colors, and I was tempted to try the Rose Gold one, but I kept it simple to work with the rest of the room.
I made a gilding paste first by mixing equal parts of the wax with the Metallic Powder.
It looked like I was ready to paint someone to look like the Tin Man.
My usual trick for applying wax is using a cotton sock like a glove. I worked in sections to swipe on the gilding paste.
Before the gilding paste had a chance to dry, I dipped a brush directly into the Metallic Powder to apply on top of the paste.
I went all makeup artist all over the place.
It’s hard to tell in photos but it has a beautiful sheen in person. And I was very tempted to use it as eyeshadow but resisted the urge. Probably not the best idea.
It turned out so perfect for Olivia’s room!
I added a knob from Hobby Lobby to match the one on her nightstand. I love that there’s so much dimension to the gilded finish. Spray paint couldn’t achieve this look if it tried.
And, of course, we had to play dress up once I had her freshly madeover vanity in her room. She steals my makeup brushes and jewelry all the time anyway. Might as well embrace it and play along.
Last week, I found a makeup brush in my shoe.
Of course, even with this sweet little vanity now all gussied up for her room, when she asks me for my makeup when I’m putting on mine, I always have to tell her, “You’re already beautiful. You don’t need makeup.”
And she usually shakes her head and repeats it back to me with, “You no need makeup, Mommy.” Oh, my heart! America’s Next Top Model has nothing on that girl.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Vintage Storehouse Restoration Company through supplying product and/or compensation. You can see my full disclosure policy here.