Yuck, right? I really liked the look of painted furniture stained a dark color on top with a distressed cream bottom that I had been seeing in blogland so I began looking for an appropriate piece that would work in our space. I finally found an old vanity for about $50. It was just the right height and shape and was in pretty decent condition.
I then re-stained the top with MinWax Jacobean brown. I have never stained anything so I was so scared I was going to screw it up. My sweet husband gave me some tips and I applied it with a foam roller. I panicked when I saw there were all kinds of bubbles in it but my hubs calmly said just brush over it with a foam brush. It came out beautifully after about 3 coats to get it as dark as I wanted.
Fiddes and Sons Rugger Brown and it worked great. The top got three coats and buffed to a pretty shine.
Next, I painted the entire bottom portion with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in old white. I used several coats on certain parts of this because the stain kept bleeding through. I read that when this happens you should stop and spray with shellac but I just kept adding paint. Don't know why.
So much better don't you think! Oh yeah, I switched out the pulls that were on it for ones I got at the flea market for 50cents each. I sprayed them with Oil rubbed bronze paint. I am not sure I love them but for now they are ok.