Every woman deserves their very own gothic Victorian vanity, where they can sit and do their morning routine in peace. A place where their make-up, hair products, and perfumes are all within reach. I’ve always wanted a gothic Victorian vanity and I finally found one that I liked. I wasn’t about to pay a fortune for one, so I found one on Craigslist that needed to be refinished. I paid 100$ for it. Not too shabby for an early 1900’s antique make-up vanity. I had several ideas of how I wanted it to look. I was tossing around distressing it, but I decided against it. The vanity had hand carvings on the fronts of the drawers that were really neat and I wanted to bring that out, so I decided I was going to paint it a lighter color then glaze it. I also added a glass shelf in the middle. It turned out perfect!! Here’s what I used and how I did it, to create an aged silver Gothic Victorian vanity.
What I used to create an aged silver metallic finish Gothic Victorian vanity
- Random orbital sander
- 120 grit sand paper
- Sanding block
- Rust-oleum brush on oil-based silver metallic paint
- Black water-based paint
- Rust-oleum clear gloss top coat
- Lint-free rags (cut up t-shirts work great)
- Paint brush
- Tack cloth
- Painter’s tape
- 4″ roller (optional)
- Stencil (if you’re going to stencil the drawers)
- Foam paint brush or roller (if you’re going to stencil the drawers)
- Mineral spirits (if you’re going to stencil the drawers)
- Q-tips (if you’re going to stencil the drawers)
- Piece of 1\4 thick plexy glass or beveled edge glass(for building a shelf)
- 4 1″ L brackets and screws (for building a shelf)
- Screw gun (for building a shelf)
This is what the vanity looked like when I purchased it. The stain was worn off in some places, there were nicks and scratches all over it, and there was paint splatter on it. It really is a beautiful piece, but was in desperate need of a fresh paint or stain job. I decided I was going to paint it and I definitely wanted it to be a metallic silver color. In order to refinish a piece that has already been finished you’ll need to sand or strip to remove the polyurethane or whichever product was used for the top clear coat or the primer may not adhere well. So I decided to sand the whole vanity.
This is what it looked like after I sanded it. I took the drawers out and I used a random orbital sander with 120 grit paper on the drawers, tops, and sides. The spots I wasn’t able to use the sander on I sanded by hand. After the entire piece was sanded I dusted the whole piece down, then used a tack cloth to remove any and all dust particles. This helps to ensure a smooth and perfect finish. Also you don’t want any flakes or particles on your piece when priming or painting, because it will leave a bumpy finish.
First, you should tape off the mirror, if you don’t have a steady hand and can’t cut in well with a paint brush. I then painted the entire piece with 2 coats of primer, I used a 4″ roller and a paint brush. I also lightly sanded each coat of primer. This helps the next coat of primer and then your paint to adhere better and give you a smoother and sleek finish. Also make sure that after you sand each coat to dust and use a tack cloth to remove any excess dust particles.
I did 2 coats of the Rust-oleum silver metallic oil-based paint. I first tried the Rust-oleum silver metallic spray paint, but I didn’t like the look it gave and I really just wanted a paint that I could brush on. So I tried the Rust-oleum oil-based silver metallic brush on paint. I absolutely love this paint! You really don’t even need to do 2 coats of this paint, because it has awesome coverage!! I didn’t paint the tops of the vanity, or the sides of the drawers because I wanted those parts to be a different color.
I then painted the drawers and the tops of the vanity with a black water-based paint. I did 3 coats on the drawers and 5 coats on the tops of the vanity, because that’s where the most wear and tear will be. I also used a water-based paint because I wanted to stencil the sides of the drawers. Using a water-based paint and then an oil-based paint for the stenciling works great! If you mess up your stenciling you can easily fix it, by dipping a q-tip or rag into mineral spirits and clean up your smudges and it won’t mess up your water-based paint.
To give my gothic Victorian vanity a more dramatic look, I then did stenciling on the drawers. Follow this wonderful Tutorial for the stenciling process. It’s an easy to follow tutorial and have no worries on messing up or smudging your stencil color. Because it has great tips on easily fixing any mistakes or smudges, what products to use, and creating a flawless stenciled finish. Try it for yourself, I guarantee you’ll be extremely satisfied with the results.
Next to give my Gothic Victorian vanity a more aged look, I antique glazed it. Follow this great Tutorial for the glazing process. It’s an easy to follow tutorial. It has awesome tips on which products to use, the process for each product, and keeping your piece protected. Try it out, I know you’ll absolutely love the results!
Once I was finished with my stenciling and glazing I gave the entire gothic Victorian vanity 3 coats of the Rust-oleum clear non-yellowing gloss. This will give your piece a glossy finish, protect your piece, and won’t yellow. I gave the tops of the vanity 5 coats, because that’s where the most wear and tear will be. Also make sure that you lightly sand each coat. Then dust and use a tack cloth. This helps each coat adhere better and will give your piece a smooth and sleek finish. Just DON’T sand your final coat. You can use several other products like a clear furniture wax, a brush on epoxy, or a lacquer. I’ve seen other tutorials that say to use a polyurethane. I suggest NOT to use a polyurethane, because this could and most likely will cause your piece to yellow and nobody wants that!! Especially after you just put all that hard work, time , and effort into your piece. Polyurethane should really only be used on stained wood pieces.
Next I added a glass shelf in the middle. I bought a 1\4″ thick piece of plexy glass from Lowes and they cut it to size for free. I screwed in 4 L brackets and inserted my glass shelf.
Here’s the finished piece. My Gothic Victorian vanity turned out great! I love the look so much, that I will be painting other pieces with Rust-oleum’s silver metallic paint! Try out my aged silver finish Gothic Victorian vanity tutorial and let me know how it worked for you. Stay tuned for the Gothic style chair tutorial. If you’re interested in the Gothic corset lampshade, you can find the tutorial here. Enjoy! Make sure to stop by the Gallery then and pin as much as your little black hearts desire. Stop back everyday, I’m constantly adding new content. Thanks for stopping by!You can also find me at.......