DIY – Vanity to Coffee Cart – Furniture Makeover (Chalky Finish)

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How To Convert A Vanity To A Coffee Cart – (Furniture Makeover) – Today I’m sharing another upcycled furniture piece for our kitchen under my belt. I finished a furniture makeover adding to my home decor ideas, and DIY projects.

If your a regular reader you know we have been on the long journey of remodeling our kitchen. We have yet to finish our kitchen cabinets, range hood, replace a new countertop and paint. What we have done is replaced the flooring, fixed many of the cabinet drawers, and installed a few new appliances. 

 I had this old vanity I used for my sewing machine but, since I have a lack of countertop space in the kitchen I decided to paint it. Transforming it – converting a vanity into a coffee cart to put our coffee makers, grinder…onto.

The paint I picked a matching Chalky Finish Paints of Primitive, Carbon, and a Metallic Gold for accents. But, you can use whatever paint colors you like when making over yours. 

Furniture Makeover – 

Vanity to Coffee Cart DIY

Home Decor Ideas |Hand Painted Vanity Made Into a Coffee Cart

Have you ever thought of using vintage furniture for other purposes? I had always wanted a coffee cart but, didn’t want to purchase one. I had this wood, vintage makeup vanity that didn’t have the bench. It was the perfect piece of furniture to make into a coffee cart. I was always swooning over coffee station ideas, I finally did it! 

What We Fixed First before painting the project 

  1. The first thing we had to do was fix the layer of wood that was peeling up.
  2. We worked in wood glue and held it with a vice until it was completely dry.
  3. Next, we sanded any nicks and rough patches, then removed the wood dust.
  4. With chalk paint, you don’t have to sand many pieces. What’s not to love about skipping that step?
  5. See the steps and images below. 

DIY Home Decor Ideas 

Upcycled Furniture 

When I started I had a vague idea of what direction I was going but, there was this hot debate in the house. To paint the mirrors or not. I truly wanted to but, our house is rather dark and Mr. thought it’d be nice to keep the mirrors to reflect light during the time of day after the sun passes. 

The more I thought about it I decided not to paint them. Who knows down the road I may. I thought it would be fun to write the coffee of the week and inspirational sayings, on the mirror. What do you think you would have done? Painted mirrors or no paint? 

Antique Vanity Before and After

Home Decor Ideas | Before and After Vanity to Coffee Cart

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How to repair wood furniture 

Home Decor Ideas |Fixing wood surface of vanity

 The wood was cracked at the top skin. That needed fixing. We used Titebond wood glue (it’s our favorite wood glue) with a fast set time that makes it easy. We used our fingers to push it under into the cracked area and then wiped the excess off and clamped it down with a vice until dry.

Vanity to Coffee Cart DIY

How To Paint An Antique Vanity 

The Painting Steps

Home Decor Ideas| Painting The Drawers of the Vanity

  1. Next, I unscrewed the metal drawer pulls.
  2. Then after protecting my painting area, I taped off the drawer area that I didn’t want paint.
  3. I gave it a thin coat of Primitive Chalky Finish Paint with an edge roller and then worked on the next drawer.

I have a fan in my kitchen and it was pretty warm before I knew it I was able to give it a second coat. I taped off the mirror while they dried then gave the drawers an accent of Americana Yellow Gold Metallic Paint. It’s a multi-surface metallic. In two light coats. 

Painting Tip: Use an angled brush for creating straight lines. Hold it like you would a pencil but, use your pinky finger for keeping your hand steady and lightly drag the brush along. I used a dry brush technique. Only keeping the paint on one side of the brush then reloading as needed. 

Home Decor Ideas | Taped off vanity mirror being painted

To get the mirror covered use painters tape and as it, curves use smaller pieces to fit in as close as possible. 

Home Decor Ideas | Work in Progress Close up of taped and being painted vanity

It was starting to get dark but, I wanted to show you how it’s taped off for painting. I let the #chalkyfinish #decoartprojects dry all the way before removing the painters tape!

Home Decor Ideas DIY Chalky finish Paint and a paint brush

Tip: Pre-plan your color scheme prior to starting. I knew I wanted the top dark since we will be making coffee and potentially having the occasional spill. I picked the color Carbon Chalky Finish PaintI knew I wanted to make gold accents to match the cabinet that will be right above it that we made and stenciled.

Home Deor Ideas DIY Close up of painted Vanity - Coffee Cart

Before you know it the beauty of the design just pops with the paint color transformation. Tip: When detailing have Qtips ready and one that is wet for quick wipe fixes. 

Home Decor Ideas DIY | Matte Varnish ready to finish vanity

 Lastly, I decided on a matte varnish. (above image prior to varnish) I used DuraClear by Americana. It has easy to clean up with soap and water. Use by applying thin layers and let layers dry in between coats! 

  •   It drys with a light sheen. I love it! 

Mr. has been too busy but, we probably are going to drill a small hole for the cords to go into the drawers and through the back of the cabinet to the outlet.

Home Decor Ideas DIY | Painted Vaniety

  1. If you need to attach wheels to your vanity you can check out our dresser to kitchen island conversion.
  2. I have since gotten transformed my kitchen into a shared office space. See the additions and makeover home office makeover here
  3. Currently, I have moved my coffee station back to my counter (I am using the pour-over method to make coffee which takes up less space, I still use and love my Nespresso) and have decorated my vanity, using it in my entryway. You can see how I decorated the vanity now, plus I share tips for how to make your own chalkboard signs.

I do set this vintage vanity back into a coffee cart during the holidays and use it in my dining/living room. It’s been so versatile. If there is one thing I’d do differently (as mentioned above and still haven’t done) and still may do is drill holes in the top and through the back of the drawers for the cords to go through. I hope this inspires you to upcycle a piece of furniture!

Do you like upcycling furniture? Or doing your own furniture makeovers? 

Looking for more painting with chalk paint ideas? 

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  1. Wow, that is a really cute way to repurpose a vanity! Something like this would be so cute in my kitchen if it were bigger.

    1. Hi Stacie, Thank you! Oh, yes I know what you mean. My kitchen before this one was super tiny!! This one is good sized but, lacks lots of counter space.

  2. I have been looking for a coffee table idea that I can build, but I have never thought about using a vanity. It is really cute!

    1. Hi Crystal, Thanks for your visit nice to meet you! Oh, when you do it be sure to linkup at the party to show us! Thanks for the compliment.

    1. Hi Kristen, Thanks. I am happy it turned out. Envisioning the outcome doesn’t always work but, this one was much easier to do than I thought it would be.Thanks for your visit and taking the time to comment.

  3. This looks fantastic! I really like the idea of writing the coffee on the mirrors. I have something I have been wanting to paint for awhile, I can’t wait to use the chalkyfinish paint I won from your giveaway! 😉

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