Vintage Waterfall Vanity Hollywood Glam Makeover

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. the Frugalistamobile, and it was on its maiden voyage when we decided to stop. Finally, we have a vehicle that can hold a piece of furniture - no more driving down the road with furniture hanging out the trunk of a sedan!

I'm excited to be teaming up with Modern Masters for this project because as soon as my eyes set on this piece, I knew I wanted to give the Vintage Vanity a Breakfast at Tiffanyesque Hollywood Glam Makeover.

Vintage Vanity Hollywood Glam Makeover

Thank you, Modern Masters for providing the Metallic Platinum Silver Semi-Opaque paint for this makeover in exchange for a product review.

I've included a materials list towards the bottom of this post for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this makeover. What that means is that if you press one of the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission which helps to support running this site. Please read my full Disclosure Policy.


Vintage Waterfall Vanity Hollywood Glam Makeover


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

Vintage Waterfall Vanity BEFORE

Other than a couple of wonky drawers and a well-used top, the vintage vanity 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!


Painting the vanity

Because Modern Masters Matte Metallic Platinum Silver Paint is semi-opaque, the vanity required a base coat of paint first. I gave it one coat of Pebble Beach, a gray chalk paint first.

Vintage Waterfall Vanity Chalk Paint Base Coat

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

The paint rolled on like butter and I was surprised at how much coverage I got on the first coat, especially considering it is a semi-opaque paint. To avoid lap marks from the roller I applied light pressure and made long even strokes while keeping a wet edge. A wet edge means overlapping the previous row of wet paint.

Vintage Waterfall Vanity Makeover with Matte Metallic Paint

Ye of little patience and someone who predominantly works with fast drying chalk or milk paint, I was surprised by how quickly the paint dried.  It was ready for the next coat within 30 minutes.

I applied three coats, sanding lightly between each coat to get the coverage I wanted. The last coat dried overnight before applying two coats of satin polyacrylic. It is recommended that you use Master Clear Protective Clear Coat with the Modern Masters metallic paint line.

Look how beautiful the metallic sheen is on the vanity top...

Vintage Waterfall Vanity with Silver Metallic Paint

To add contrast I applied dark wax on all the trim details.

Tip for applying Dark Wax Into Tight Spots

The easiest way to apply dark wax into tight spaces is to cut the bristles of an inexpensive chip brush to approximately half an inch. Make sure to run your fingers through the bristles first to remove any loose strands.

Vintage Waterfall Vanity Metallic Silver With Dark Wax


DIY Pearl Beaded Drawer Knobs

What's a Hollywood Glam makeover without some bling! I cleaned the original brass knobs with a toothbrush and Barkeepers friend. Once completely dry I spray painted them in a Universal Metallic Pearl Mist color.

I found a set of four pretty pearl crystal beaded buttons and with E6000 glue, I attached them to the center of each painted knob.

Vintage Waterfall Vanity With DIY Pearl Bead Knobs

Don't the DIY pearl beaded knobs look pretty?

Vintage Waterfall Vanity with Pearl Beaded Knobs

The middle drawer was looking rather plain. It has a curved notch to open the drawer and rather than add another pearl knob, I added a decorative strand of pearl beads onto the center to give it some bling.

Vintage Waterfall Vanity Decorative Pearl Strand Trim

I marked the center of the middle drawer with pencil and again using E6000 glue, added a strand of pearl beads for a decorative touch. Once the glue dried and the pearls were secure, I cut the clear thread from the strand. You could do this beforehand but I wanted to make sure they lined up evenly and straight.

Vintage Waterfall Vanity with Decorative Pearl Drawer Trim

Adding some pretty to the vanity drawers

Like they say, beauty must come from within so I added a surprise pop of Tiffany Blue to the drawers both inside and out.

Next, I lined the bottom of all the drawers with pretty metallic polka dot paper.

Vintage Waterfall Vanity Drawers Painted Tiffany Blue

Vintage Waterfall Vanity Metallic Polka Dot Lined Drawers

Tip for lining drawers

My favorite product for lining furniture drawers with paper is to decoupage them with wallpaper paste. It gives you some play time for lining up the paper and there are far fewer wrinkles and air bubbles.

A new vanity bench

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

Vintage Waterfall Vanity with New Metal Stool

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 straps joining the curly cues or whatever you call them.

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

I think the vintage waterfall vanity and new metal stool look perfect together.

Vintage Waterfall Vanity Hollywood Glam Makeover

I took these photos in our media room which happens to have a Breakfast At Tiffany's movie poster on the wall.

Vintage Waterfall Vanity Breakfast At Tiffany Style

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 Waterfall Vanity Hollywood Glam Makeover

Materials List

As promised, here is the materials list with links to some of the products I used or recommend to complete this project.

Vintage Vanity
Gray Chalk Paint
Metallic Platinum Silver Semi-Opaque Paint
Master Clear Protective Coat
4-inch Foam Roller
Dark Wax
Silver Gilding Wax
E6000 Glue
Pearl Crystal Beaded Buttons
Pearl Bead Strand
Tiffany Blue Paint
Pearl Mist Spray Paint
Wallpaper Adhesive
Foam Brush
Metallic Polka Dot Paper
Metal Vanity Stool


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 Matte Metallics paint line. I'm thinking the Champagne color would be very pretty. I could go for a glass of bubbly right about now to christen this vintage waterfall vanity makeover.

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Vintage Waterfall Vanity Hollywood Glam Makeover

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