How To Spruce Up Craigslist Vanity?

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Q: I've been on the hunt for a vanity without the side drawers to use as a desk/table/possible TV stand for a while. I just scored this puppy off Craigslist. Might have paid a little more than I should have, but it's great! I'm debating on what to do to it to refinish it. Part of me wants to strip it down and stain it ebony (the only stain color I care for). Part of me wants to take the easier route and just paint it a PB black or a high gloss black.

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Part of me wants to mimic that fantastic dresser redo featured on here a while back with a natural wood top and a green body. Part of me wants to paint it more of a greyish/brown taupe color similar to Essie's holiday "Don't Sweater It" polish, or maybe just a plain grey. A totally different part of me wants to gild the bajeesus out of the legs :) My inspiration comes from that great Ikea desk that kind of looks like a vanity, as seen on Chelsea & Sean's Eclectic Painted Home tour.

Anyway, I'm looking for input on which route to take. I'm also looking for paint color suggestions, especially for a greyish brown taupe similar to the Essie color. Lastly, I'm looking for some relatively cheap sources/ideas for some new drawer pulls.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.