Some days, I find myself getting carried away searching for furniture on the various For Sell sites. I mean, a few hours carried away! After some time of searching, I came across a listing for this antique vanity. What I fell in love with was the detailing on the drawer fronts and the stool. It was a reasonable price and I got it!
The vanity was in good shape, but I wanted to bring life back to it. I decided to paint it with Amy Howard’s paint, which has a chalk like finish. It took about 3 coats though – I have noticed the lighter paint colors take about 1 more coat than the medium to dark colors. After painting all the pieces, I distressed the edges and sanded anywhere I thought natural wear would appear. I replaced the original knobs with clear knobs.
Now, here is where I question my decision. I really love the detailing on the stool that came with the vanity. I was afraid that if I painted it, the detailing on the top would not show through even after sanding and distressing it. That fear won and I have not painted the stool. I placed it in my booth this past weekend and I am hoping it sells as it is. If not, I will march on down there and paint that stool! Here is a picture of the vanity and stool in my booth.
What do you think about the stool? Leave it alone or paint it?