A New Kind of Wonderland

By Courtney Cole, Owner at Twig & Thyme Design in Sterling, VA.

With the reins off, we were given the freedom to create a one-of-a-kind vanity for our customer. Inspired by the colors and quirkiness of Alice in Wonderland, paired with the grandeur of the Palace of Versailles, “A New Kind Of Wonderland” was born! 

We found this Jacobean style vanity in rather rough shape. She had been poorly refinished, had broken casters, and loose veneer. We started this project like most others by thoroughly cleaning her and giving her a good sanding to smooth imperfections. We used wood glue and putty to secure loose veneer and fill deep scratches. We then began hand painting her in layer after layer of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Louis Blue. We then taped off her sides and sides of the drawers and used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White for some fun stripes. Next we painted the interior cubby in Old White and added an ornate gold stencil to each shelf. The entire vanity surface and drawers were then sealed in Annie Sloan Clear Wax for protection. We added Annie Sloan Dark Wax in all the details and lightly across the surface for a hint of aged charm. We glammed her up further using regal gold gilding on her top edge and over all of the raised details. Like most ladies, she couldn’t just have one set of jewelry so we decided to paint the original hardware bright gold and ordered new fabulous faux crystal knobs from D.Lawless Hardware so our customer can switch them out whenever she wants to change up the look. The final touches to her look included the pairing of a vintage Friedman Brothers ornate gold mirror and a new set of golden slippers (casters) from D.Lawless Hardware so she can now glide smoothly across the floor. 

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Products Used

  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Louis Blue
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White
  • Annie Sloan Clear Wax
  • Annie Sloan Dark Wax
  • Decoart Metallic Lustre Gold
  • Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic Gold

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