Thursday, January 9, 2020

Keep It Simple

A rustic/primitve wash stand makeover | On The Creek Blog

Sometimes, you just have to keep it simple.

I briefly mentioned in yesterday’s post that refinishing the top of the wash stand was a complete disaster.  I want to elaborate a little on that today.
A rustic/primitve wash stand makeover | On The Creek Blog
A rustic/primitve wash stand makeover | On The Creek Blog


Originally, I had grand plans for the top of the wash stand.  It has a huge crack in the top which was an eyesore I wanted covered up.  Who wants a huge crack in the top of their piece?

First, my husband helped me glue the crack back together so at least there wasn’t a huge hole in the top.  The crack was still visible, but it was secure.

Then, I had the great idea of putting gel stain over the top.  I had done it on another piece before, which turned out beautifully, so I was hoping for the same result on this piece.  It involved putting the gel stain on super thick & letting it dry as a sort of painting technique.  Then I placed the first of many layers of topcoat on.

For a couple days, getting the top to set up became a thing with my husband & me.  Every time we went to the basement (where the wash stand was located), we’d assess the situation & either add more gel stain or more top coat.  We were going for a sort of epoxy look on the top & we were achieving it…for a while.
A rustic/primitve wash stand makeover | On The Creek Blog
A rustic/primitve wash stand makeover | On The Creek Blog

Every time we went to check up on our piece, there was something going on with it.  It had smudges.  There was dust in it.  The stain wasn’t even.  The topcoat wasn’t even.  More stain & more topcoat were applied.

After literal days & days of this, I was growing impatient.  I’m not the most patient person anyway, but I really wanted this project to be done!  My husband was also getting so frustrated!  There was never a stopping point.  After every layer, there was still something wrong.  It would never be complete.
A rustic/primitve wash stand makeover | On The Creek Blog


I finally made the decision to give up.  To go back to basics.  My husband was at the point too.  We decided to sand the top back down to the beginning.

Surprisingly, it was a lot easier than we thought.  It only took scrapers & some elbow grease to remove the approximately 1 million layers of stain & topcoat.  When we got to the bottom, we realized that it would have never set up.  A beautiful top was never going to happen.

So we were back at the beginning.

Instead of trying to do everything all over again, I decided to keep it simple.  My husband put a little gel stain on top to even everything out & get in the cracks.  Once that was dry, I just put some wax on the top.

I honestly think the top looks amazing.  The imperfections add to the rustic/primitive vibe of the piece.  Sometimes it’s not about trying to make things look new, but playing up on the imperfections, cracks & all.
A rustic/primitve wash stand makeover | On The Creek Blog

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