A Vintage Vanity Gussied Up – APC Momma’s Lipstick and Surfboard

This vanity had a messed up top – the finish was all bumpy pitted.  I had a vision for this piece, and it included a smooth top, not rutty, so I started by giving my top a little buzz from the mouse sander…

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My vision wasn’t all mine – I was painting this piece for a dear friend and she let me know that her favorite colors were

American Paint’s Surfboard

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and American Paint Momma’s Lipstick

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First the Surfboard

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then some APC Momma’s Lipstick and Navajo White

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The ‘feet’ caught my eye  –  I decided to gold leaf them

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I liked these knobs, with the backs, but the finish was wrong…

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so I  took them apart and highlighted them with a gold embellishing creme

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First layer brushed thin,  second coat applied as a ‘wash’  – goes quick, not much paint used, but makes a big difference in evening out your finish –

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Woops, forgot the mirror – need to do that too-

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Sanded to refine – and vacuum out to clean it all up –

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I decided to seal it with APC’s retired ‘Light Vintage Wax’ – it is a very subtle wax , perfect for this finish –

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Scrub/brush it on

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and wipe it off, with a dry  cloth…

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Yes, that simple –  brush it on, move it around to insure every surface is covered

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then wipe it off.  Don’t try to leave excess wax on, thinking the darker will create a richer effect –  it will only leave you with a forever tacky finish.  If you want a darker effect use APC’s darker wax –

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The APC Light Wax again.   You can see how sheer this wax was –

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FABULOUS over light colors like this Surfboard, or the whites –

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But over anything of color you had a hard time seeing it –

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Wax on – wipe off

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Softly wipe – remove the excess wax

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Your painted surface should be ready to buff to a pretty sheen in about 3-4 hours

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Make sure you have a few dry rags so you aren’t  using the same saturated rag

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 I painted the mirror  APC Navajo White , and drybrushed the highlights with APC Momma’s Lipstick-

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I added a little pop block of stencil to each side – both randomly placed –

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I gold leafed the spindles to the chair, to tie it together with the ‘feet’ –

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A few Swarovski crystals finished it off – it was the perfect fit for my friend 🙂

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A sneak peek at a few things I just completed –

taking this chest (originally oak)

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to this-

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This mirror I refinished-

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and this little guy

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6 responses to “A Vintage Vanity Gussied Up – APC Momma’s Lipstick and Surfboard


  1. making sure your doing it right! Tee Hee…

  2. hi, patty, where do you find these giant, gorgeous stencils? do you sell them?? Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:14:41 +0000 To: kitchngodess@msn.com

    • this one is one of Caromals – i just ordered a dozen – they have them on order – may be a few weeks but we’ll get them as soon as they’re in – i’ll add them to the oneline store in the next week, or you can call us or e

  3. Hi Patty, will you be doing an instructional video on the countertop?
    That is beautiful !! Wish I were closer to MI….

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