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April 16, 2015

Vintage Vanity Makeover with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Hi guys, I'm excited to be teaming up with Modern Masters again for this post. Last October I found this beat up Vintage Vanity at a local thrift store. It was a hot commodity with three of us wanting to take it home. I was doing the happy dance when I won the bidding war only because I had a vehicle that could transport it. The funny thing is that we had just come from the dealership to pick up my spanking new Mazda 5, a.k.a. Frugalista Mobile, and had it on it's maiden voyage when we decided to stop. Score!

When I set eyes on the vanity I knew instantly that I wanted to give it a Hollywood Glam meets Breakfast at Tiffanyesque makeover.

Hollywood Glam Vintage Vanity Makeover
Modern Masters provided the Metallic Platinum Silver Semi-Opaque paint for this makeover in exchange for a product review.  See my Disclosure Policy.

This is what the vanity looked like before the makeover.  I apologize for the poor quality image taken with my iPhone because I was too lazy to run upstairs and get my big girl camera.

Vintage Vanity before

Other than a couple of wonky drawers and a beat up top, it was in fairly good condition sans a matching bench.  After fixing the drawers and prepping the top it was time to give this baby a new lease on life, Hollywood style!

Modern Masters Matte Metallic Platinum Silver Paint is semi-opaque and so I gave the entire vanity a coat of Pebble Beach (grey) chalk paint first.

Vintage Vanity painted with Pebble Beach Chalk Paint

I let the chalk paint dry for about an hour and sanded it nice and smooth with a sanding block before applying the first coat of Matte Metallic Platinum Silver.  You can apply it with either a brush, sprayer, or roller. I chose the later using a 4 inch foam roller to achieve a smooth finish.

The paint went on like buttah.  I was surprised at how much coverage I got on the first coat considering it is a semi-opaque paint. To avoid getting lap marks I applied light pressure and made long even strokes while keeping a wet edge. A wet edge means going into what you just applied while it's still wet.


Ye of little patience and someone who predominantly works with fast drying chalk and milk paint, I was surprised by how quickly this paint dried.  It was ready for the next coat within 30 minutes.  It took three coats to get the coverage I wanted.  I let the last coat dry overnight before applying two coats of satin polycrylic.  It is recommended that you use Master Clear®Protective Clear Coat with the Modern Masters metallic paint line.

I was thrilled with the smooth finish I was getting.

Close up of finish using Modern Masters Silver Metallic Paint

To add some contrast I applied dark wax on all the trim details.
Dark Wax Tip: cut the bristles on an inexpensive chip brush down to half an inch.  This makes getting into all those tight crevices so much easier!

Vintage Vanity painted metallic with dark wax trim

What's a Hollywood Glam Makeover without some bling!  I cleaned up the original knobs and spray painted them in a Pearl Mist color.  Using E6000 glue I attached some pretty beads that I purchased at Michaels onto the middle of each knob.

Painting original hardware and adding beads to the center for added bling

So pretty!

Close up of pretty beaded knob on a Vintage Vanity

It still felt like something was missing and then I remembered a strand of pearl beads I had left over from another project.


I marked a line with a pencil onto the center of the middle drawer.  Again using E6000 glue I squeezed some onto my pencil line and attached the strand of pearls.  Once dry and tightly secured I cut the clear thread from the strand.

Adding a strand of craft pearls to the front of a vintage vanity

Like they say, beauty must come from within so I added a surprise pop of Tiffany Blue to the drawers and lined them with a pretty metallic polka dot paper.

Vintage Vanity drawers painted in Tiffany Blue

Vintage Vanity drawers lined with metallic polka dot paper

Tip for lining drawers:
Brush this magic in jar onto the back of the paper and bottom of the drawer. It gives you some play time to line the paper up nicely without wrinkles or air bubbles.


Unfortunately the vanity was missing the original bench.  I tried finding one online without success. Last weekend I did the happy dance when I found the perfect metal vanity stool that not only looks great but tucks nicely underneath when not in use.

Finding the perfect vanity stool for a Vintage Vanity

It's hard to see in these photos but the fabric has a pearl damask pattern. To unify the stool with the vanity I applied Silver Gilding Wax to the metal wrapped around the curly cues or whatever you call them.

Adding Silver Gilding Wax to the metal details on a vanity stool

Vintage Vanity Makeover Hollywood Glam with new vanity stool

I took these photos in our Media Room which just happens to have a Breakfast At Tiffany's movie poster on the wall.  Okay I'll be honest, it was the poster that inspired this makeover.

Vintage Vanity close up of mirror detail

I only used two thirds of a 32 fl oz jar of Modern Masters Metallic Paint to complete this project. Yay because that means I can play some more!

Vintage Vanity Goes Hollywood Glam

I quite enjoyed working with this paint and have so many ideas for using it on other projects.  There is an array of color options available in the Modern Masters Matte Metallics paint line.  I'm thinking Champagne would be very pretty.  I could go for a glass of bubbly right now to toast this fantastic makeover!

I hope it has inspired you to give something a Hollywood Glam Makeover! How would you use this product?

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