Classic Refresh


This plain and dated dresser was refreshed by Sarah at Honour Design using Vanilla Frosting and Natural Wax.

When looking for a new piece to work on, I look for a something with a little character and a twist. As soon as I saw this vanity I knew I had to have it! I knew I could do an interesting mix of maintaining the vintage charm and creating a fresh look with paint.

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Here’s your step by step guide to achieve this look:

Step 1: Clean & Tape

Start with a wipe down of the surface of your project. Remove the handles and set aside (we will be painting these too). Tape off the areas you want to have painted. Protect any areas that you want to keep the authentic wood.

Step 2: Stain blocker

A stain blocking product is not needed on every project, but on this one it was. Occasionally when painting wood with a light color, the wood tone may bleed through the paint and create an orange or pink undertone (yuck!) I tested a spot on my piece and knew it was going to be a problem. I picked up a product from my local hardware store that worked like a charm to block any funky tones popping through the beautiful paint color.

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Step 3: Paint, & Paint again!

I have been dying to try a soft and creamy white on a project and knew that Country Chic would have the perfect color. I grabbed myself a jar of “Vanilla Frosting” by Country Chic Paint.
Now grab your brush and start painting your furniture and handles (yup — you can use Country Chic Paint on hardware and metals!). Wait a couple hours after your first coat, then get to work on coat number two on both the furniture and the handles.
Tip: I find that when painting hardware and metal, it sometimes takes more than two coats. The original handles on my piece were a metallic brown so it took three coats to get the best coverage.

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Step 4: Touch ups

Next, remove the tape and work on any touch ups where there may have been leaks under the tape.

Step 5: Wax it!

Time to grab your wax, waxing brush, and a clean cloth. I used Country Chic Paint Natural Wax. I love how this product goes on so smoothly! Rub the wax over the entire piece, both painted and wood. Remove any excessive wax on the surface of your piece and use a cloth to buff the piece until it is satiny and smooth.

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Step 6: Accessorize and use!

Time to enjoy your piece and add your personal touch with accessories.
I love that “Vanilla Frosting” is the perfect buttery white with the warm wood tones of this vanity. Country Chic Paint brought new life into this tired piece that will be used and loved for many more years.

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Until the next project with Country Chic Paint……

XOXO, Honour Design


Sarah {Honour Design}

Sarah calls Victoria BC home with her husband, stepdaughter, and dog. Some of her favourite things include coffee, good friends, and home DIY projects. On the weekends she loves painting a vintage piece of furniture or getting inspired for her blog and YouTube channel.

~Her goal; to inspire you on your own design journey, one project at a time~

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6 thoughts on “Classic Refresh

  1. This is really amazing. I really appreciate the steps outlining how to do it. I have a few pieces of furniture that I would love to paint but am afraid I will mess them up.

    1. Hi Jessica! Thank you for your comment — we love Sarah’s work, too!

      Don’t worry, you won’t mess your furniture up 🙂 If you decide you don’t like the way it looks, you can always paint over it! Be sure to check out our surface preparation tutorial to learn how to get started: https://www.countrychicpaint.ca/pages/surface-preparation

      Feel free to reach out if you have any questions ~ Happy Painting!

      1. Super. Thank you so very much. I really appreciate the link. One of the pieces is my grandparent’s china hutch. It’s probably about 40 years old and is dark brown wood. It has a bit of water damage, so your tutorial will be of great help to me. Would you please remind me where I can get your paints?

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