Thursday, January 09, 2020

Embracing Simplicity: The Wash Stand Makeover Saga

Rustic and primitive wash stand makeover by Tiff, featuring a chippy white finish with imperfections, adding character and charm. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Hey Besties! 🌿 So, remember that washstand in yesterday's post? Let's dive a bit deeper into its makeover journey, which, spoiler alert, turned out to be a masterclass in keeping it simple!

The Grand Vision (and Its Crack!)

Initially, my eyes were set on transforming the top of the washstand, which had this not-so-charming colossal crack. First step? My husband and I glued it back together – goodbye, gaping hole, hello, still-there-but-secure crack.


Rustic and primitive wash stand makeover by Tiff, featuring a chippy white finish with imperfections, adding character and charm. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
The Gel Stain Experiment

Next, I had this brilliant idea (or so I thought) to use gel stain like an art project. I had done it before and loved it, so why not again? The plan: slather it on thick, let it dry, and then layer on the topcoat. My husband and I turned this into our little basement ritual, assessing, adding more stain and more topcoat, aiming for that epoxy-esque finish.


A Bumpy Road

But oh, did it turn bumpy. Every check-in was a new discovery: smudges, uneven stain, dust specks. Layer after layer, it was like we were stuck in a never-ending loop of 'just one more coat'.

Rustic and primitive wash stand makeover by Tiff, featuring a chippy white finish with imperfections, adding character and charm. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


The Breaking Point

Patience is not my strong suit, and this project really tested it. Even my husband was feeling the frustration. It seemed like this top would forever be a work in progress.


Back to Square One

So, we called it. Time to strip it all back and start fresh. Surprisingly, scraping off our million layers of ambition was easier than expected. And guess what? Underneath it all, we found that a perfect finish was never in the cards.

Rustic and primitive wash stand makeover by Tiff, featuring a chippy white finish with imperfections, adding character and charm. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


Simplicity Wins

Back at the beginning, we chose the path of simplicity. A touch of gel stain to even things out, a bit of wax, and voilΓ . The result? Honestly, I think it looks stunning. It's got this rustic, primitive charm, with the imperfections adding character rather than taking away.

Sometimes, it's not about the pursuit of perfection but rather about embracing the beauty in the flaws, cracks and all. This washstand is a testament to that, a reminder that sometimes, simplicity really is the ultimate sophistication.


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