How To Update Your Old Vanity Rest

Learn how to transform old furniture into new, functional pieces with these simple step-by-step makeover tips.

Giving your old pieces of furniture a fresh new look is a fun and cost effective way to update your homes decor on a budget.

Camilla Molders from the Feast Watson Re-Love Project says “Use your imagination. Paint, fabric & elbow grease can turn something that’s a little bit meh into something really special and unique. Upcylcing is a great opportunity to create something that’s truly a one of a kind"

Learn how to transform an old vanity rest with some simple tips and tricks:


1) Sketch out ideas and think realistically about what can be achieved with your piece of furniture

2) Think about the shape of the piece, in this instance it made sense to shave a few centimeters off the stool, to make the shape look less like a star wars imperial walker and more of a cute stool


First, sand the frame to clean off existing  finish.

Achieving your vision:

1) Apply two coats of Feast Watson Black Japan Stain & Varnish to achieve a rich black finish

2) Finish the three coat system with one coat of Feast Watson Clear Varnish.

Note:  you can use one to three coats of a Stain & Varnish depending on the level of ‘blackness’ you want to achieve. With three coats of Stain & Varnish, no clear top coat is required

3) Choose material: used Signature Prints Florence Broadhurst Aubrey print.  To add a little extra something a small section of the fabric was embroidered with a copper coloured thread

4) Upholstering can generally be a DIY project with a trusty staple gun, but the proportion of the cushion top wasn’t quite right, so in this case it was off to a upholster (Wayne from Edgeworks upholstery) to ensure a better proportioned shape for the stool

5) Finishing touches: a couple of pieces of copper down the sides of the legs, to finish off the piece and make it really special

For more information on the Re-Love Charity project, visit

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