It's before and after time on the blog again! This time I'm sharing the makeover of one of my favorite thrift store finds: a Henry Link Bali Hai faux bamboo vanity. I blogged about the piece when I first found it when we were living in Columbia, MD (see the post here) but it's taken me months to get to work on it.
Here is what it looked like before:
The piece was in fantastic condition, it just needed a fresh coat of paint and the hardware needed some polishing.
I sanded the entire piece with 60 grit sandpaper to rough up the smooth top layer of paint. I used my Dewalt orbital sander on the top and sides of the vanity, and sanded the legs and faux bamboo details by hand. I then switched to 120 grit sandpaper to make everything nice and smooth. I paid close attention to the faux bamboo details and the places where paint had chipped. A piece like this is made to look smooth and chic, and nothing detracts from that look like a rough sanding job.
After I finished sanding I wiped the piece down with a wet microfiber cloth. Microfiber is great when you're painting because it doesn't leave little pieces of fuzz on the furniture. I followed up with a dry microfiber cloth.
After I finished painting the vanity I got to work on the hardware. There was paint on it so I heated up a pot of water on the stove (on low) and soaked the hardware in the pot on the stove for a few hours. Then I took out each piece one by one and plunged them in a bowl of ice water. Then I quickly pulled them out and scrubbed them with an old tooth brush. This removed almost all of the paint and it was really easy. Next, I polished each piece with Bar Keeper's Friend and a soft sponge. I like this product better than Brasso and use it whenever I need to polish brass.
Here is a photo of the hardware before I worked on it:
The top 4 pieces in this next photo have had the paint removed, and the bottom 4 pieces have had the paint removed and they have also been polished:
And here is what the vanity looks like now!
As you can see, I'm using it as our entry table rather than as a vanity...and I LOVE it! The white paint is so crisp looking and it goes really well with the formal nature of our historic home. It truly is amazing what a little spray paint can do!