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 found this bench while out on one of our Saturday morning excursions. It was one of those mornings when we almost didn’t go out, we just weren’t “feeling it.” Boy, are we glad we went. It turned out to be a great haul, which included this wood bench. The bench is solid! The hubby always likes it when we find a piece that does not have to involve him. He’s our fixer-upper guy and we sure do abuse appreciate him.
We are calling it the Barn Bench since we found it at a barn sale.
After cleaning and sanding, we chose to paint it with a 50/50 mix of Snow White and Oyster White milk paint by The Old-fashioned Milk Paint Co.
We started by painting the spindles and legs first. Might as well get the hard part over first! We got the exact amount of chippiness we were hoping for. We then added extra-bond to the remaining milk paint. This helps the paint adhere better and you get less chipping. We decided we didn’t want too much chipping on the rest of the bench, mainly the seat area. We then gave the entire bench a good sanding for a super smooth finish.
We lightly distressed the edges to compliment the chippy milk paint, adding to the time-worn finish. We then sealed the bench with hemp oil by Miss Mustard Seed. It is quickly becoming one of our favorite finishes for milk paint.
This bench measures 63″ long, easily sitting 3- 4 people comfortably.