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Dull Desk to Sparkly Vanity

Updated on January 13, 2012

Well it is a blustery winter day outside so I am staying in and fixing up an old dress I bought. Now I got this at my location Salvation Army for $19.00 and plan to turn it into a vanity. I grabbed some paint I had left over from when I repainted my room. Here is my process of revamping this old dresser into a stylish vanity.

This old desk I picked up was very beat up, and had crayon and even a little gingerbread sticker! However, I saw the potential in this old desk. The desk had very deep drawers that were perfect for my needs. Sadly Mr. gingerbread man had to say goodbye so I grabbed my sanding block and went to town.

After I sanded my desk I wiped the desk down and swept up all of the mess from the sanding. Then I grabbed some primer I got from the Home Depot. It really makes the paint go on perfectly. I only put on one coat of the primer since the desk didn't really need any more. I know from experience how well the paint goes on.

After priming the entire dresser I let the drawers completely dry. Then I got out my black paint and put on two coats and let that dry as well. You always want to be sure that you let each coat dry completely. If paint coats on top of wet paint then you could get drips and uneven texture. It will just look messy so just give it time to dry.

After my black paint was dry I whipped out the glitter metallic paint. This Martha Stewart paint is pretty cool, because the paint dries clear so only the glitter shows. The best part is that the glitter doesn't fall off and make a mess ever.

Now this usually takes three coats, so always make sure you have enough paint if you decide to do this. I decided to leave the body of my desk black while the top, drawers, and bottom front would be the accents of glitter. I didn't want it to be all glitter, because then it would be far to matchy matchy with my dresser. The final product comes with an awesome shimmering finish. This makes my vanity extra glam! Below is a picture of my dresser that I took during the day. It shows how much the glitter will shine. I love this glitter finish.


Then I added a light up mirror, owl decor, lamp I got on clearance, and a runner I made from curtains and there you have it! Now I have a glam vanity of my own. I love how this vanity turned out. Spending bundles of money for a decked out dresser/vanity is truly unnecessary. This only took me a few hours to complete and it was fun to do! So don't be afraid to go to the local thrift store and re-purpose your own furniture.


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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      Thanks it has been months and the dresser still looks as nice as day one!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Your dresser turned out gorgeous! I LOVE the color of it and the glitter... so pretty! Thank you for sharing this :)

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      sabrani44 6 years ago

      Great hub, looks like fun!

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      You definetly made it look very good .Although the glitter dosn't show in the photo

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      Howard Young 6 years ago from California

      Fantastic project. I have a few around the house like those that need to get done. Now I'm inspired!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Nice job on the desk. That should encourage more of us to recycle old, well-built furniture. The pictures are an excellent touch. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

      I love thrift store finds and crafty projects like this one. Also thanks for mentioning the glitter paint. I didn't know about that.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Neat project. Repurposing furniture is a rewarding experience when it is done with careful planning and patient work. Thanks for sharing your project!