September 26, 2014

DIY: Painting Vanity Table

{before and after}

Hi Guys. I haven't done a DIY for so long! Alas here is my latest project. I've been wanting a new vanity table for a while now, but haven't been able to find one I like for the price I want. Furniture shopping can be quite expensive.

Luckly I found this table on Kijiji a few weeks back. Kijiji is exactly like Craigslist except Craigslist is as shady as shit. While I was on Craigslist I came across multiple ads of women selling their used underwear for $20 each. Egad! I felt a pink eye coming just looking at the ad.

Alas all was good. I got my table after some haggling for $20. Solid wood and minor scratches! It was a good day.

On the left is the picture posted on Kijiji by the seller and on the right is my final product.

Here's how I did it:

You will need:
Sand paper, paint, primer, new drawer knob, a good paintbrush. All of which I bought at Home Depot.

Step 1. Sand down the shiny varnish with sand paper.
Step 2. Prime it.
Step 3. Paint it. Tip: use a roller to avoid brush strokes.
Step 4: Wax it to protect the paint (optional).
Step 5: Change the knob (optional).

Final Look:
And here are some pictures of the final product. Not bad for a $20 table. Hope you like it!


  1. SO cool, you did a great job!

  2. Wow! The finished table looks so good! I especially like the knob detail!
    Elina | Miss Blue Eyes

  3. Ooooh love this update! Nothing like a new coat of paint to spice things up. I'm inspired to paint my furniture now!

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  4. I love white furniture (even thought I don't have any myself... I want to buy some white furniture thought!)

    You did a fantastic job!


  5. Looks great! I've been meaning to do the same for my room.

  6. It's beautiful... I love redoing furniture... I currently have a dresser I want to do before I move next summer. Once I complete it... I'll let you know... you did a fantastic job on this piece ♡

  7. Well done with the vanity table! Kijiji is waaay less shady than Craigslist for sure, and I wish it was more popular for Vancouver. I used it all the time to find cheapo furniture when I was living in Halifax though.
    Changing the knob was a nice touch. :)

  8. Your vanity looks so clean and organised, I can't even enough what mine will look like if I get one... or had to paint one...

  9. it turned out amazing!! you are so great with DIY's!

  10. It looks so good! You would never guess that you got it for $20 only.

  11. Wow great job! Love the new love and life you have given to it. Wish I was as crafty as you.

  12. wow that is amazing!!! sanding the edges must've been difficult but the end result is beautiful

  13. This looks amazing - I have a desk just like this that I will be trying it out with!

  14. I completely agree with you that Craiglist is shady, will check put Kejiji. Love what you did with the table, it's lovely!

    Reflection of Sanity

  15. first of all, I love the name of your blog. Too cute! Also i totally know the accomplished feeling of doing a desk like this on your own. I build one from Ikea last year and it was so hard, but I was so proud.

    I'd love it if you could check out my blog as well:


  16. super love your vanity table! the idea of changing the knob is really great too. the new crystal knob makes it look more girly and classy :D