Pretty often and more times than none, I purchase old pieces based on a feeling or vision that I have. This antique washstand was one of those visions. I used it for a short time as a coffee bar in my kitchen, but then “Joanna Gaines” came along and I just can’t get enough of the farmhouse look. She has some serious vision with her designs!
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Makeover Of An Antique Washstand
I browsed Pinterest one morning… with coffee in hand, when I came across a shelf that was made from a towel harp. They took the towel harp off of the antique washstand and flipped it upside down and built a shelf across the top. It was brilliant!
When I say antique washstand, some of you may be saying to yourself, what is she talking about? There’s no sink on that table. Well, back in the day (because my Grandma told me (*wink *wink) they used a large bowl or pot to put the water in and sit it on top of the table. The men would come in from the fields and wash their hands before dinner. Most of the “simple” common people that lived in the farming communities didn’t have indoor plumbing. I guess that’s where the term dry sink comes from.
Transforming A Towel Harp Into A Cup Holder Coffee Bar
I took some of my leftover weathered fence boards and made a 3X4 backing for the towel harp. Using the same board for cross pieces on the back, I secured them down with Elmer’s Wood Glue and wood screws.
Then I laid the towel harp on top of those boards and drew an outline. With my Skil Jigsaw, I cut out the pattern carefully. It was pretty easy. The next step was attaching it to the form boards I had built. I used wood screws and wood glue to secure it to the back. It looked flawless.
I had this cute coffee stencil I had made with my Silhouette Cameo 3 a few months back. I was dying to use it on something. This would be perfect!
I attached one more board across the top of the antique washstand and secured it with glue and pin nailed it into place. This made a cute little mini shelf. After adding a few S hooks for a coffee cup display on the towel rod, it was complete. Of course, my favorite part of this whole makeover is the staging. It’s so fun to go house shopping for goodies. The gold coffee set belonged to my Grandma. I’ll cherish it always. Oh, to have one more cup with her.
Thanks for hanging out with me. 🙂 Hey, if you loved this little antique washstand transformation, you’ll love my DIY Chest Of Drawers Makeover. Go check it out and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you.
Until the next project… xo, Do