We usually buy our items to refurbish at flea markets but we also periodically check Facebook Marketplace as well.
So when I was browsing through the marketplace and spotted a vintage washstand, I knew that I had to have it!!
I have always loved those vintage washstands and the pitchers and basins that go on them.
My grandma had one when I was a kid and I absolutely loved it!
The washstand that I found wasn’t exactly like my grandmas but it was still so pretty that I had to get it.
The stand had a couple layers of paint already on it.
I took apart everything I could without damaging it even further.
It was in pretty good shape except for a few pieces that had cracked when previous owners tried to fix it with screws.
To fix this, I applied some E6000 craft glue, held it in place with some clamps and let it dry overnight.
When it was dry, I sanded down the parts of the stand that I wanted to stain. The rest received just a light sanding using 220 grit sandpaper.
All the pieces were laid out. I proceeded to cover the wood that I wanted to stain because I couldn’t take the bottom apart.
I didn’t have anything other than aluminum foil so I covered it with that. (No judging, I use what I got 😂)
Then, I spray painted the pieces with primer so the old paint wouldn’t soak through.
For this project, I only needed a small bit of paint so I went to Sherwin Williams and paid $6 for a sample quart.
It was more than enough for my little washstand.
I decided to paint it a color called Sea Salt. It was a very light green color and perfect for the rest of my decor in my living room.
I was also thinking of painting my laundry room makeover that same color (more on that in a later post 😉).
That was another reason I chose it for this project.
For the stain, I chose my go-to of Jacobean in the Minwax.
One reason is that I love the color and another is because I’m too cheap to buy another stain until I use all of that one!!
Here’s how the washstand turned out.
Of course, I couldn’t have a washstand without a pitcher and basin set.
If you’re interested in the kitchen towel that I have on the washstand, I have the 7 days set for sale in the shop. You can purchase them here.
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- E6000 Craft Glue
- Rustoleum Primer
- Sherwin Williams Paint
- Paint Brush
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- Jacobean Stain
What do you think? Would you have painted the washstand or just stained it to keep with the old antique look?
Let me know in the comments below! 👇