Gilded Silver Vanity Makeover

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.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

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?

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

Since I’d painted her thrifted bed and dresser in an antique white and gave her nightstand an aged metallic effect, I wanted it to fit in with the rest of her room.

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.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

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.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

I poured in 1 cup of paint I already had hanging out in our garage.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

I used Benjamin Moore Winter Gates leftover from our bathroom makeover.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

That first coat is always a little scary.

Gilded Child's Vanity Makeover (7 of 18)

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.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

After the vanity dried well, I sealed it with Fiddes & Sons wax.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

I just spooned about 2 Tbsp of wax onto a cheesecloth and applied a coat of it all over the vanity.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

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.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

I made a gilding paste first by mixing equal parts of the wax with the Metallic Powder.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

It looked like I was ready to paint someone to look like the Tin Man.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

My usual trick for applying wax is using a cotton sock like a glove. I worked in sections to swipe on the gilding paste.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

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.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

I went all makeup artist all over the place.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

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.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

It turned out so perfect for Olivia’s room!

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

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.


Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

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.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

Last week, I found a makeup brush in my shoe.

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!
Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

Gilded Silver Child's Vanity Makeover | Bless'er House - This finish is so beautiful!

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.

Update:  See the full bedroom makeover reveal here!

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20 Comments

  1. Hi Lauren! Happy Mother’s Day!! I love your tutorials, I have some furniture makeover/paint projects in my list ( my three kids just don’t leave me so much free time).. But I was wondering soemthing, how do you know or how can you “test” if a furniture is laminate or real wood?.. Sometimes is easy to tell, but others I can’t.. I got a vanity for Mother’s Day and I’m already thinking on painting it, but I wanted to do a distress finish, but I can’t do that if it’s laminate, right?
    Thank you for all the tutorials!!

    Shirley

    1. Thanks, Maggie! Chalk paint has a very flat, chalky finish to it and can adhere to a variety of surfaces without any prep work. So no sanding, priming or anything is required. It’s great for distressing. And I’m hooked on the stuff. 😉

  2. I am in love with this! And what a cool product to paint with! I’ll have to check it out for sure! I’m all about my daughter having cute toys and ones that look nice too!

    1. Thanks, Ruthie! She has all kinds of toys (and quite honestly probably too many) but the cute homemade-looking ones are always my favorite. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Brooke! I couldn’t believe it was only $20 either. This one definitely had a learning curve.

  3. What a transformation…..I love how the vanity turned out, Lauren!! What little girl wouldn’t have fun playing dress up if she had that in her room!? I’ve been wanting to try that paint and wax, but have been hesitant….. I just bought a vintage magazine rack at Goodwill, maybe I will get brave enough to try it on there first! Thanks for the good information….
    Blessings to you,
    Lanita

    1. Thanks, Lanita! A magazine rack would be great to try it on first. Start small. 🙂 I had to work in small sections as I got the hang of it.

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