Psst! Did you know that I’m now offering custom furniture painting services to customers within Manitoba? I recently painted this lovely vintage vanity dresser for Lori, in a warm farmhouse white— and I’m here to share the outcome with you!

Before & After

Farmhouse White Dresser

Lori requested a farmhouse white, with an aged patina effect, stained top, and hardware replacement for her vintage vanity dresser makeover.

Vintage Vanity Dresser
Farmhouse White Dresser
Custom Furniture Painting by me


Farmhouse White / Aged Patina Glaze / Stained Top / New Hardware

Farmhouse White

Vintage Vanity Dresser

Below you’ll find a few photos I took after completing my furniture transformation for Lori. On-screen colours are merely a digital representation, and will vary from screen to screen (device to device). Depending on your screen/device, the colour(s) seen here on my website may seem slightly different in person.

My Step-by-Step Transformation

  • Removed mirror— Ever so carefully, for ease of product application
  • Removed hardware— Not believed to be original, and customer wanted replaced with a new chosen set
  • Filled hardware holes— In preparation for new chosen set
  • Attempted to repair top veneer— Wth doubts for success, as the bubbling damage was extensive to various portions of the top
  • Removed top veneer— Attempted repair wasn’t successful as I had highly anticipated
  • Crossed fingers ever so tightly while removing top veneer— In hopes that what I’d find underneath would be wood and not a faux or fibreboard material
  • Celebrated top veneer removal victory— A very labour intensive job that resulted in finding what one of my friendly wood sources believes to be a combination of maple and ambrosia wood
  • Vacuumed and washed— In preparation for product application
  • Performed a ‘bleed test’ as bleed-through was highly anticipated— A bleeder this piece was, thus sealed with one coat of shellac; chip brush application
  • Applied 3 coats of Country Chic Paint chalk paint in the colour Vanilla Frosting to the body and mirror frame/harp— A light, creamy and warm farmhouse white; paint brush application
  • Sanded down chalk paint— For a smooth and buttery farmhouse distressed finish
  • Applied 1 coat of my go-to Varathane Diamond Wood Finish (water-based, satin polyurethane) to the body and mirror frame/harp— In preparation for glaze; sponge application
  • Applied Country Chic Paint furniture glaze in the colour Smoky Quartz w/ sponge application and water mister— To achieve a farmhouse patina effect; sponge application
  • Applied 2 more coats of my go-to Varathane Diamond Wood Finish (water-based, satin polyurethane) to the body and mirror frame/harp— To achieve a crystal clear, water-resistant, and highly durable finish; sponge application
  • Applied Minwax conditioning, stain, and poly products in the colour Provincial— For a two-toned exposed wood transformation; lint-free rag application
  • Selected, purchased and installed new Louis XVI Suite I hardware (stop handles and drop pulls) from Lee Valley— A collection that I felt was a lovely and fitting replacement for this vanity transformation
  • Ever so carefully reinstalled mirror— Heavily secured with a clear caulk sealant

Photos from My Workshop

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Custom Furniture Painting


I primarily select and purchase pieces on my own, and transform them with colours/techniques of my own choosing— Ready-For-Purchase. I do also carefully consider custom furniture painting for customers within Manitoba. If you’re interested in this service, I’d love to hear from you! Please fill out and submit a form so that we can start an exchange. I truly appreciate all interest and inquiries.

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