Antique Washstand | Easy DIY Coffee Bar

Look at this antique washstand flipped it into an amazing Coffee Bar. One of the easiest DIY ideas I have seen using vintage furniture.
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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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Antique Washstand | Easy DIY Coffee Bar

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!

I was browsing Pinterest one morning... with coffee in hand, when I came across a shelf that was made from a towel harp on an old washstand. This would make the perfect cup display for a coffee bar. What happened after this you gotta see.

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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

How I transformed an antique washstand into a coffee bar with left over fence boards.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.

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. This will be the backboard for the cup display and shelf.

I created a cute coffee stencil with my Silhouette Cameo 3 and used that to display the name of the thing that gets me through life. COFFEE!

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.

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 sweet Grandma. I’ll cherish it always. Oh, to have one more cup with her.

How to flip a towel harp a functional coffee bar. Cutest idea ever!

I love these vintage washstands and I try to get my hands on one every chance I get. Solid wood and built to last. And I have to say that the MMS Milk Paint made all the difference in the finished product. CLICK HERE to see the color inspiration I used for this piece.

I want to show you another washstand that I did in a similar fashion. But it’s not painted! It’s all wood and it’s GORGEOUS! Yes, I love to paint but sometimes you just can’t paint everything. CLICK HERE to see how I transformed it.

Until the next project… xo, Do

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Antique Washstand | Easy DIY Coffee Bar

7 Comments

  • This is such a cute idea. I would have never thought of doing it this way. Thanks for sharing with us.0

  • I love you Donna. That is brilliant! We had a dry sink at my grandmas when I was growing up. You know, us common folk❤️

  • I absolutely LOVE this!! It’s BEAUTIFUL!! What is this piece painted with? The color? Stain?

  • Hi Rachel,

    Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. This is an older blog and I didn’t create a product list but I have updated it with the links now. All the products are in a list for you on that blog post. Happy painting. xo

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