Slightly Distressed Grainsack| MCM Vanity Makeover


May 9, 2016 by Terry

Hello!  I know I have been missing in action lately and it’s been over a week since I shared any of my own projects.  The weekend before last was Market Weekend for me and as with the last market I participated in, I felt the ‘Post Market Crash‘.  I did not think that was going to happen to me this time as I wasn’t as uptight and nervous this time … but it did!

After we came home and unpacked the trailer I went into veggie mode and spent some time just trying to physically and mentally refresh!

The Market was a huge success for me and I had sooooo much fun interacting with all the other vendors and the customers!  I can hardly wait to go do it again!

I have new custom orders waiting on my list as well.  What a blessing this market was to my little business!  Thank you to all who support me!

Remember this little chair?  Well … I could have sold it 40 times over and I even have orders for ones like it!  It is rather cute though, I have to agree!


Now, onto today’s share!

Let’s start with a before shot or two of this little Mid-Century Modern style vanity.  It had all it’s original parts except for the mirror was missing from it’s frame.

I sanded it all down as much as possible, mostly because someone had carved a swastika on one of the drawers as well as a few other little doodles.


I saved all the hardware and gave them a nice new finish of antiqued copper.

I painted the entire piece in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in the color Grainsack.  Then I sanded and slightly distressed the entire vanity.  There were a few spots that even though I sanded, it did a little chipping anyways.  This was okay with me as it added to the distressed edges.

I decided not to replace the mirror but rather turn it into a chalkboard.  I bought some solid wood backer board, sanded it smooth and applied milk paint custom mixed to resemble the vintage green school house chalk boards.  The recipe for this can be found over at Miss Mustard Seed’s Blog.  (click here to go there now)  It really does look like the authentic green chalk board!  Of course I seasoned it with chalk after sanding it smooth.  I did not seal it with anything as it didn’t require it and you wouldn’t want to loose the chalky feel of the paint.


I finished everything else off with a generous coat of clear wax to seal it all and give it a hint of shine.  It is such a sweet piece now!


I love how the handles turned out, I really didn’t see the need to change them out as they were rather unique and in good shape to begin with.  I’m happy I went with a warm metallic tone, it goes perfect with the warm white of the Grainsack colored paint.


This little piece didn’t find it’s forever home yet but I will be listing it soon.  It’s not a very large piece so it doesn’t take up much space in a room.


The cute little hanging lamp as well as the balloon back chair went right away at the market.






Thank you for your patience with me this past week and a bit!  I hope you have a wonderful week!

If you missed checking out last week’s Making Broken Beautiful party you can click here to go see the inspiration.




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22 thoughts on “Slightly Distressed Grainsack| MCM Vanity Makeover

  1. What a lovely little piece. You styled it so beautifully.


  2. I’m so happy to hear the market was a huge success, Terry! I sure wanted to make the trip to finally meet you and check out your booth. Next time. I LOVE this idea of turning the mirror into a vintage chalkboard – very clever!


    • Terry says:

      Hey Marie! I would have loved to meet you at the Market! If you can’t come to me I’ll just have to make my way to you ;) ! I hope you have a great week!


  3. Nikki Gwin says:

    This looks great! Love doing the green chalkboard idea instead of the mirror. :)


  4. Love the hardware. Where did you get the antique copper? Was it a spray paint?


    • Terry says:

      Thank you! It is a rustoleum spray paint and it is called antiqued copper. It really looks authentic! I don’t use it very often but every now and then a worthy project comes along :) I hope you are having a great week!

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      • Thanks for the info. We just used the rustoleum hammered black for our kitchen cabinet hinges and it worked surprisingly well and looks great. I’ll have to look for the copper for our next project. I love how it looks with the white-going to use this as the inspiration for matching dressers for my daughters!


      • Terry says:

        oooooooh … would love to see that makeover! I hope you have a great day!


  5. Such a gorgeous piece of furniture, Terry. And once again, it’s staging is a “10”! :D Glad to read the market was a success! Take care, Cynthia


  6. Heavenly as always! Love the drawer handles. Congrats on your success at your market too! You deserve it, your works is always gorgeous! Pinned :)


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  8. so pretty ! my favorite! Love your stuff.


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  11. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    So glad you market was a huge success! … This is a beautiful piece and the hardware is so cool. Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!


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