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I am SO excited to share my transformation of this dark dated Vintage Vanity and Chair.

Do you Remember this old thing?

I knew I wanted to update it’s tired worn look to be Modern, Bright and Bold. After falling in love with is Sea Green colour used on the latest Micro Brewery to open here in Port Moody. I just knew she could be transformed into something bold and dramatic!

I sanded and sanded, filled any nicks or dings and was happy to see the dated gold scroll details sanded away! I applied 2 coats of high adhesive primer. She was already lighter and more youthful.

Now it was time for some colour and I have to be honest even with my love of colour I was questioning my crazy love of this fresh sea green. My office floor was covered with paint chips for at least a week until I got the courage to just go with it! After the first coat of paint I was in love and couldn’t wait to add the silver metallic highlights and watch her sing. 


Boy did she ever sing! but I thought she wasn’t quite complete she need a beautiful partner to dance with her.

I went on a search for a soul mate for her. I found this little gem at a local vintage shop and knew she was the partner my Vanity had been looking for.

It was a dirty job rehabbing her as her foam had disintegrated but I was determined to make her partner worthy of my Dreamy Vanity.

If you would like to try this here is what you will need.

  • Pliers & screw driver (for removing the upholstery tacks)
  • Exacto knife
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • 2″ upholstery foam cut to size
  • Batting
  • Home decor fabric
  • Trim for around seat edge
  • Stapler (I am lucky to have an air stapler)
  • primer
  • Paint
  • Silver metallic paint and artist

Step 1. Remove the old upholstery fabric (put aside as you will need it for a template for the new upholstery), tacks and foam. I strongly suggest you wear a mask while doing the deconstruction of your chair.

Step 2. Fill and imperfections and sand.

Step 3. Prime and paint 2 coats, sanding in between each coat.

Step 4. Add silver metallic highlights with artist brush.

Step 5. Cut upholstery foam to size. Most foam shops will do the overall size for you but will need to trim with an Exacto knife around the arms of the chair etc.

Step 6. Cut out template for new upholstery fabric. I decided to do a trial run before cutting out my upholstery because I added a thick foam and batting to my chair and my old upholstery wasn’t a perfect fit as a template any longer. This way I could make adjustments and not ruin an expensive piece of fabric.

Step 7. Use template to cut out upholstery fabric and staple around chair edge.

Step 8. Trim excess fabric away to make a clean edge

Step 9. Hot glue trim in place ensuring to tuck edges under

And she was done and ready to meet her dance partner!

Boy did they ever make beautiful music together!

Stunning – AND I did it with a dated piece of furniture, paint, wallpaper and some elbow grease!

Before and After

I bet you will never look at a disregarded piece of furniture the same again.

Are you now a up-cycle believer now?