Aren’t antique washstands the cutest pieces ever? They are really versatile too. You can use them in bedrooms, bathrooms, entry ways and more.
This one was given to me, and it required a bunch of cleaning and repairs. The back had to be fully replaced. I forgot to take a proper before picture, so I pulled this one from my tutorial video.
Here are the supplies I used.
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I cleaned this piece really well, and my husband made the needed repairs to the back.
You can see me painting the base coat Live on Dixie Belle’s Paint Facebook page here. It was a pouncing blending technique, using both Collard Greens and Dried Sage. I also used some Coffee Bean, but I think the end result is the same without it.
I didn’t love the colors to highlight the cute features of this particular piece, so I decided to put red over it. You could call this one of Bob Ross’ happy little accidents because I never would have intentionally used Collard Greens this way, but I LOVE the way it looks.
This finish is a little different than most because the shading and color variation you see didn’t come from a color placed over the red, but the color allowed to show through the red coat.
The red wasn’t exactly dry-brushed on, but I didn’t give it full coverage and I didn’t use any water. Doesn’t the end result look authentically aged? I am definitely going to remember this color combination.
It only took about 15-20 minutes to sand down this top to the natural oak. I dusted it thoroughly, and then stained with No Pain Gel Stain. Using the applicator pad, I rubbed on the stain in the direction of the grain. I kept it light with one coat.
I haven’t sealed this top yet, but I would recommend sealing your wood tops with Clear Coat in the sheen of your choice. I plan to use Flat.
When I picked up these handles and knob from Hobby Lobby, they were white. I gave them a quick coat of Midnight Sky, and now they fit this piece beautifully.
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