Vanity/Desk Makeover

I was so excited to run across this old vanity.

Mentally it was in great shape ;)

and Mama always taught me to never judge a book by it’s cover.

Or a vanity.

My tools of choice, when stripping.

Mr. reFresh’s toothbrush and a plastic scraper.

I wiped it all down, put the toothbrush up.

Painted the details with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint~Duck Egg Blue.

Painted the rest ASCP~Old White

Stained the top.

This was the most exciting part for me.

Most of the time I don’t find stuff with great tops.

This one is pretty great!

I used a sanding block and distressed the mess out of it.

Applied clear and dark wax.

I used a small paint brush to put dark wax around the duck egg blue, in the crevasses.

She’s come a long way.

That was his old toothbrush.

And he loved that he was able to contribute to the makeover.

Even if it was through an old toothbrush.

We had some fun on Facebook, the night I did this piece.

Laughing about the toothbrush.

Follow my page if you’d like, I’m on there

every chance I get ;)

refreshrestyle on FB

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  1. 1
    Susan says:

    What a beautiful job, Debbie. Those colors are dreamy together and gave new life to the piece. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Susan recently posted..your time to shine features

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    Ericka says:

    Gorgeous! I love being able to envision turning a piece from drab to fab and you did just that.

  3. 3

    Well done! I love the color combination and your commentary about the toothbrush is priceless! I often have similar response from the “men” in my life! :) Have a great weekend! xo, Kimbery

  4. 4

    that piece came out so beautifully. by Hubby a new tooth brush please!

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    Doreen says:

    Love how the vanity turned out! Just beautiful!


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    Debbie says:

    I love the outcome on this one and the lovely mirror! Great find and great art!

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    Susie V says:

    This is stunning! The outcome was well worth all your effort. Thanks for sharing your techniques and inspirations with us! Have a fantastic weekend!
    Susie V recently posted..Butterflies & Bombshells

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    Vicky says:

    Sweet restyle Debbie! I love it are you keeping it? You did a fantastic job the color combination is just lovely. Have a great weekend my friend!
    Vicky recently posted..12 Years Ago

  9. 9

    I love these colors!! You did a fabulous job.

  10. 10

    Seriously you have a great eye for not judging a book by its cover. I love what you do with painting your furniture. I can’t wait to see what you do next! Have a great weekend.
    Jordan@the2seasons recently posted..The Mother’s Day Room

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    Stacey says:

    Love LOVE this piece! You do fantastic work. I love these colors together so much…I have a sample of the duck egg blue & it is just dreamy.

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    Sharon says:

    Just beautiful! I have a similar style vanity I’m pulling apart at the moment. Been in my too hard pile for too long because the top front edge was badly broken. So we took the whole top off (harder than it seems with a piece so old), cut it in two and in the midst of making 2 small bedsides out of the drawer sections. Looking forward to finishing this never ending saga. She better look good. Already a fan of yours on Facebook. Very nice to read your blog. Thanks.
    Sharon recently posted..A Mod Podge & Graphics Fairy kind of Day!

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    desiree says:

    It looks AMAZING!! I love how the details are done in blue, Love two tone:)

    desiree recently posted..The Beginning of Re-Finishing Our Dining Room Table

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    Shannon says:

    Hey Debbie,

    It looks so pretty! Check out my newest post. Your stump table is on of the my features. As always, thanks for the inspiration and great ideas. You ROCK! Glad to know your husband got a new toothbrush.
    Shannon recently posted..My leather studded stump

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    “mentally she was in great shape” hahaha, I am totally going to use that. and I hear your about the top, great find and awesome upgrade!!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog recently posted..foto friday 10 {sunsets}

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    Vanessa says:

    That looks so awesome Debbie!!! I just love the color combo and you did an amazing job! :-)
    Vanessa recently posted..Inspiration Friday No. 64 and Someone’s Turning 40!

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    Holly says:

    WOW!!! I want to buy that!
    Holly recently posted..Ladder, Lavender & Lanterns

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    Debbie….she is a stunner…Annie Sloan herself would give you a high five! I LOVE what Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ can do to a tired piece of furniture. I am so happy you stained the top…LOVE that look!!

    Well done my dear.

    janet xox
    The Empty Nest
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    Diane says:

    This piece has PIZZAZZ! And Iove those three colors together!! Nice job Debbie!
    Diane recently posted..Patriotic Link Party

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    I LOVE this piece and the combination of the stained top and chalk paint body… You are the bomb-diggety with this stuff. :)
    Nice of the mister to sacrifice his old toothbrush — who knows what other uses he could’ve found for that bad boy? :)
    xo Heidi
    Heidi @ Decor & More recently posted..Sheet Music Canvases… the Pass It On Project

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    Bliss says:

    Maybe Annie Sloan should start making toothbrush tools in complimenting chalk paint colors? The Duck Egg Blue Reach Toothbrush for DIY’ers. Use it on your teeth, or on your furniture.

    Bliss recently posted..Wood Scrap Art

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    Martina says:

    Love love love it Debbie!! Awesome makeover!! Pretty mirror too. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  23. 23

    You’ve done it again! That is STUNNING!
    Kelly @ View Along the Way recently posted..A Built-in Romance, by Thistlewood Farm

  24. 24

    I love it! It has such character! That toothbrush made a huge difference! By the way, where did you get that plastic scraper? Have I just missed them at the Big Orange Box?

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    Anne Dees says:

    This looks wonderful. Love the look. Great job.

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    I love how the top turned out. Good choice of stain, and I feel the same way about adding character during that step in the process.

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    Great job, Debbie! I love the colors you chose — and the mirror complements the vanity perfectly!
    Susan @ My Place to Yours recently posted..MOTHERHOOD: The Mother of All Roller Coaster Rides

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    Helen says:

    Debbie, the vanity looks great. Love the old toothbrush story! :)
    Helen recently posted..Getting Ready For Summer Fun With Plants And Decorations

  29. 29

    This turned out beautifully. Looks great with that narrow mirror.

  30. 30

    Wow! What a difference! It looks beautiful. I love the Duck Egg Blue and Old White combined with the wood top. Bravo!
    Peggy @The Decorating Files recently posted..My Picks for the Week!

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    Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    Looks outstanding!!! I’m lovin’ two tone pieces these days. Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.


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    Terry Moore says:

    Very nicely done. i love this look!
    Terry Moore recently posted..Snowflake Wreath

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    Sue says:

    This is so pretty now! Love the clean, fresh look of it, using the blue and the white. :-) Keeping the top in the natural wood was such a good choice! ~ Sue
    Sue recently posted..In the rural countryside…

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    Shannon Fox says:

    The boys are up making breakfast… thought I would take a sec to tell you again, how amazingly beautiful this is!! Hope you have a lovely mothers day sweet friend =)
    Shannon Fox recently posted..a bright spot

  35. 35

    Debbie- you have the eye! I would never have been able to see past the “cover”!

    Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista recently posted..Construction Truck Bedding

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    kim says:

    Debbie, beautiful job. Love the colors and the details of that piece.
    kim recently posted..More Dogs in the House

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    Such a fabulous find and fabulous make-over! And I’m digging the new header too!


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    Rosemary says:

    Love it. Beautiful color choices.
    Rosemary recently posted..Mother’s Day Finds and Memories

  39. 39

    Debbie, Great find and you made it into something really fabulous! Love your color choices and the dark stained top. Nice that Mr. reFresh contributed too. :-) Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Have a great week!

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    Candy says:

    I love the mixture of paint with the stained top……….great makeover. 8-)

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    Brandy says:

    This was a great color combination. I could just see those colors in my office. Great job I love it.

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    Jennifer says:

    that is GORGEOUS! i usually don’t have time to comment (baby in the house!) but had to make time for this one. i have a few pieces of furniture to make over; this is so inspiring. amazing job!

  43. 43

    Your vanity and mirror combo is one of the loveliest I have ever seen. GORGEOUS! You’ve convinced me to try a stained top in my future. You have the vision!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna

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    Patricia says:

    That looks wonderful. You took a tired old desk…and gave it nice new look.
    sounds like it was fun too!

    Patricia recently posted..:: A New UNDERdevelopement ::

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    Karla Schroeder says:

    I love it! The colors are wonderful!!

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    Lisa Fay says:

    The end result is lovely! Can I ask, what product did you use for stripping the old finish on the top?

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    Donna Sullivan says:

    Your desk turned out beautifully!!! I have an entire bedroom set waiting to be refinished. I can now add my tired old desk to the list! Love the way you painted the drawers! I’ll be saving and referring back to this post!!!

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