One of the very first projects I did when we moved in was paint our upstairs bathroom vanity white. The vanity was brand new, but I didn’t like the light faux-wood style and wanted to differentiate it from the bathroom downstairs with an identical version.

Then we added beadboard paneling part way up the wall.

{pardon the construction shot…it’s the best I have that includes the vanity}

At first I liked all the bright white, but then it started to get old. Plus the original vanity paint job was not my finest work, and it was starting to show. I decided to re-paint it using some of the distressing/glazing skills I have acquired. After agonizing over color options, I finally settled on SW Sedate Gray. There really isn’t much gray to it, but it is a soft green that I knew I’d love after glazing.

Using the same technique as a lot of my other furniture projects, I painted the vanity, distressed the edges, applied Minwax Dark Walnut as a glaze, then finished with natural wax.

I love love love it. The color turned out exactly as I’d hoped and blends well with the other colors in the room. It has so much more character now than the plain white, and the distressing/glazing makes it look more like a piece of furniture than a builder grade vanity!

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