Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Wash Stand Makeover


A rustic painted wash stand makeover! | On The Creek Blog

A super cute wash stand makeover!

It’s a perfect day when I find something I love at the thrift store and it fits into our car!

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve left the thrift store upset that something I loved just wouldn’t fit in our car to take home!

Every time I go into the thrift store, I make it my personal challenge to find some huge piece of furniture that I can squeeze into the car.  Sometimes the furniture even finds me!  Remind me to tell you the story of the cabinet in the basement!

But, first, this wash stand!

I saw this wash stand at the thrift store a couple weeks ago.  At the time, I only saw the back of it.  Another customer was in front of it, debating on whether on not they were going to buy it.
A rustic painted wash stand makeover! | On The Creek Blog
 A rustic painted wash stand makeover! | On The Creek Blog

I’ll get to this in another post, but there’s a process for picking out furniture.  It involves lot of yes or no questions.  Maybe even a flow chart.  It’s complicated!

To the customer before me, one of those flow chart things was a big NO & she walked away.
It was my turn now.

Judging from the back of the piece, I knew it was going to be a good one.  I didn’t take any pictures of the back for my blog, but it’s super rustic & cool.
A rustic painted wash stand makeover! | On The Creek Blog
A rustic painted wash stand makeover! | On The Creek Blog
 Overall, it was a solid piece, but it had a lot of imperfections.  The top had a huge crack & the door was a little weird.  It was also missing a lot of the hardware.  But it was just too cute to pass up so I got it!  Plus, it would fit in the car!
Cork Board Dutch Boy Paint | On The Creek Blog
A rustic painted wash stand makeover! | On The Creek Blog


After cleaning it up & gluing the cracks, it was time for refinishing!  I wanted a fun color, so I went with my current favorite yellow, Cork Board by Dutch Boy.  I took out the drawers & the door & completed them first.  I waited until the paint was almost dry & then I took a sanding sponge & distressed!  I’m into heavily distressing pieces lately, so I was going for that vibe.  Then I did the same thing to the base of the wash stand.

I didn’t apply a top coat because I was using an outdoor paint so it should hold together without one.
A rustic painted wash stand makeover! | On The Creek Blog
A rustic painted wash stand makeover! | On The Creek Blog
A rustic painted wash stand makeover! | On The Creek Blog
Refinishing the top was a complete disaster (that I’ll get into tomorrow!), so we ended up keeping it simple.  We put some gel stain over the top to get into the cracks of the wood & even it out some.  Then, once everything was dry, I put some furniture wax on top to seal it all in.

I used hardware I already had on hand.  My husband spray painted the knobs black to match everything.

I think this is my current favorite furniture piece we’ve ever done!  It’s just so cute!
A rustic painted wash stand makeover! | On The Creek Blog

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