We rescued this washstand from a local barn sale. It was in rough shape but still solid and sturdy. We knew with a little TLC it would be great again.
One of our biggest decisions when flipping furniture is what to repair and what to leave. Obviously, if it’s a structural problem we make the necessary repairs. In this particular piece, we had originally planned on repairing the crack in the right door, but to be honest, it kind of grew on us. The more we looked at it, the more we liked it. It’s an old piece and we really liked the added character. We certainly hope you think we made the right decision!
For this piece, we chose one of our favorite colors, Driftwood by the Old-fashioned Milk Paint Company. We love milk paint for these older pieces. We feel it adds authenticity and stays true to their character.
The wood on this old piece was very dry and soaked up quite a bit of paint, hence we didn’t get any chippy. Just a beautiful finish! Inside the cabinet, we gave it a good cleaning and sealed it with hemp oil. Don’t you love the contrast of the paint and wood?
The old wood drawer was stained with age and not so pretty so we opted to line it and make it pretty again. We chose a nice white & gray ticking fabric to brighten things up a bit. We love striped ticking, so classic!
Finally, we added new porcelain knobs with a beautiful metal overlay that matches the paint color perfectly. These knobs are so cool, they are kind of a 3 in 1. You can remove the overlay completely to reveal the porcelain knob for a clean look or you can move it to the back of the knob for a stylish escutcheon.
We are always so happy when we can rescue a neglected piece of furniture and give it a new life.
Measures 30”W x 18”D x 29”H (34” with the backsplash)
We can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled we were when we lucked out and came across this solid oak bench. We nabbed it up right away. Benches are really hard to find these days. We are always on the lookout for them. So this find really made our day.
We chose to paint this one in our favorite combo, Miss Mustard Seed’s Typewriter Black Milk Paint and hemp oil. Milk paint and hemp oil are like peanut butter and jelly, they just go together. We like to apply the hemp oil with a chip brush and then wet sand it with a fine grit sandpaper. The result is the smoothest finish ever.
We didn’t get any chippy paint this time. You just never know what you are going to get with milk paint. It’s so unpredictable. We could have used some sort of resist and forced some chipping but we like the element of surprise. It’s half the fun of milk paint!
We did sand the edges and give the bench a light distress. We love the way the black looks with the natural wood.
We couldn’t pass up these cute little side tables when we came across them. We just love the simple clean lines with just enough detail to keep them from being boring.
The tops were stained with Antique Oak by General Finishes and sealed with white wax. We painted the table bases in Mint Chip by DIY Paint. We finished by giving them a good sanding and distressing for a wonderful aged look.
The drawers have been lined with a coordinating fabric. We just happened to have this fabric left over from a previous project and it matched perfectly!
We couldn’t pass up this little side table with it’s beautiful little legs.
We are pretty sure it’s original use was as a telephone stand. The phone would naturally sit on top and the phone book would go underneath in the little cubby.
We painted this one in our favorite diy chalk paint using Behr Swiss Coffee. To be honest, we’ve tried many of the big name chalk paint lines in white and just haven’t found anything we like as much as our tried and true diy version.
We finished by sanding it super smooth, lightly distressing the edges and sealing with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in flat.
This is such a versatile little table and would look great just about anywhere.
This little lovely will be heading to the booth at Brothers Antiques North later today. It was in really sad shape when we found it. We cleaned it up and added planks to the top for a little more character. It’s painted with our signature white chalk paint, lightly distressed and sealed with clear wax.