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A Gorgeous Vanity Table Makeover You’ll Love!

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Do you have an outdated piece of furniture that you want to update? All you need is some chalk paint. If you want to take it up a notch and add a little more character, use a decorative napkin to add detail. Keep scrolling to see a gorgeous vanity table makeover that I bet you’ll love!

Supplies Needed to Makeover a Piece of Furniture

  • Chalk paint
  • Chalk paint brush
  • Clear coat wax
  • Lint free cloths
  • Napkins of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  • Clothing iron
  • Parchment paper

My husband actually found this table at a yard sale on his way home one Friday evening. He saw it and knew I would want it, so he immediately asked about it, bought it, and put it in the back of his truck. He was right. I absolutely loved it!! 

vintage white vanity table

So, I started painting!

Your first coat doesn’t have to cover perfectly, but just make sure there is paint all over, even if it’s a very light, see-through coat. You’ll want that base coat there to grab hold of that second coat you’ll add later. Now, this is my experience. Other chalk painters may have different advice. 

painting a vanity table green
painting a vanity table green
painting a vanity table green
painting a vanity table green

Here it is after about two more coats. 

Second coat of green paint on a vanity table

BUT . . . . .

The table needed something. As pretty as it was, I just couldn’t leave well enough alone. Well, when I saw these napkins from European Excellency, I knew they would coordinate perfectly with the green! I was so excited!! 

Use coupon code DIANA at checkout for a discount on these napkins! 

I decided that I would use this beautiful napkin on the drawers to add in a soft pink color, which is perfect for a vanity table. The drawers didn’t even require any paint because they were in pretty good condition. 

white drawer to a vanity table ready to be decoupaged

After I cleaned them off, I added the mod podge and used a sponge brush to cover the entire surface, taking care to get the edges. I was able to use the iron on method for these, so I let the mod podge dry before applying the napkin. 

adding mod podge to a vanity drawer to decoupage with a rose napkin
drying the drawer after applying mod podge in preparation for decoupage

When you are decoupaging with a napkin, make sure you remove the extra plies. Save those plies though because you can use them for other crafts! 

three ply napkin being taken apart in preparation for a decoupage project

There were four drawers this size, so I placed the napkins at different places on each one to give them all a different look. I placed the napkin down where I wanted it, then covered it with a piece of cardstock and used my crafting iron on the cotton setting. 

napkin laid over a vanity drawer to decoupage it

Just make sure to get the edges really well. 

using the iron method for decoupage on a vanity drawer
napkin added to a vanity drawer #decoupagedfurniture

Once your napkin is applied using the iron on method, add a top coat of mod podge to seal the napkin. There will be a slight texture to the surface after doing so, but I think this gives it character. I have yet to master a napkin decoupage that doesn’t have a textured surface. If you have, please leave a comment below! I love to learn!

adding a top coat of mod podge after ironing on a napkin to a vanity drawer
drying the mod podge added to a napkin decoupage on a vanity drawer

See the texture?

I don’t think it looks bad though. 

rose napkin decoupaged onto a vanity drawer
drawer pulls for a vanity table

I thought about adding rose drawer pulls, but since I used a rose napkin, the original drawer pulls worked perfectly. After a coat of the same green paint that I used on the table, I knew they would coordinate well! I used two coats and then a coat of polycrylic to seal them, since they would be handled the most. 

painted drawer pulls for a vanity table

How do you like how I’m holding the drawers pulls up? Ha! Those are clamps from the Dollar Tree! 

vanity drawers decoupaged with a rose napkin

Look at that pop from the rose napkin!!

For the middle drawer, I tried something that I’ve never done before and now I’m hooked! Instead of using the entire napkin (which I did try and failed), I cut out parts of the roses and added those to the drawer in opposite corners. Let me walk you through that. 

cutting out pieces of a rose napkin to use for decoupaging a vanity drawer
cutting out pieces of a rose napkin to use for decoupaging a vanity drawer
cutting out pieces of a rose napkin to use for decoupaging a vanity drawer
cutting out pieces of a rose napkin to use for decoupaging a vanity drawer
cutting out pieces of a rose napkin to use for decoupaging a vanity drawer

Look how Gorgeous!!

chalk painted vanity table using green chalk paint and a rose napkin to decoupage the drawers

After I took these pictures, I added a clear wax top coat to the green chalk painted surfaces. It’s now sitting in our booth at the antique store in Manchester, TN! If you’re local, come see us at American Pastimes, “A Picker’s Paradise on Hwy 41, booth #27! 

Indoor, softer lighting.

chalk painted vanity table using green chalk paint and a rose napkin to decoupage the drawers

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wooden vanity makeover using green chalk paint and a coordinating rose napkin

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Ardyce

    L’Briska this turned out beautiful!!! I hope it sells fast would be beautiful in many decors!!

    1. JRandLBriska

      Thank you so much, Ms Ardyce! I appreciate your kind words! ☺️

  2. Beth McCallister

    This piece is so beautiful! You did an amazing job( as always)! I love the idea to hold the knobs with the clamps, genius!

    1. JRandLBriska

      Thank you so much, Ms Beth! I had those clamps nearby and needed something to hold the knobs, so I grabbed those and they worked! Who knew?! 😂

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