It was a total freebie! It was one of those days that only a furniture flipper understands all the feels from a curbside find like this one. Who throws away furniture like this? I knew the potential for a fantastic washstand makeover with this one!
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My Painted Antique Washstand Makeover – I found it on the curb!
I’ve always said that painting furniture has saved my life through paint therapy. True, but since I started moving my body by walking, many things have changed, including my health.
On January 1st, 2021, I decided to do better for my health. I added daily walking, and it has now earned the label “lifesaver.” Mentally and physically. I enjoy my walks and have met wonderful new friends and found some beautiful things along the roadside.
The day I found this gem, I was on my 20-mile walk, to be exact! I’m in training for a walking marathon, and Sundays are my long walks. Maybe “they” knew I would be passing by (most of my neighbors know me as the lady that walks all the time), so they put it out just for me. I want to think that anyways. So, I phoned my hubby to come to pick it up ASAP. I waived as he drove slowly by with it loaded in the bed of his truck. He’s a good guy!
It’s not every day you SCORE a curbside find like this antique washstand. It will be well worth the furniture repairs it needs to bring it back to life. I think it needs some color (chalk mineral paint), but I also want to salvage that beautiful oak wood underneath those layers of paint. Washstand makeover, here I come!
Paint Stripping Without Chemicals
Since getting my SurfPrep Sander, I rarely use chemical strippers on my furniture. Don’t get me wrong; chemical strippers are helpful for specific projects, but I like this tool for the quick removal of old varnish and paint. CLICK HERE to learn more about stripping furniture with this tool.
I began this washstand makeover by removing the OLD paint from the top. I also decided to strip the cabinet door as well.
Of course, there were some needed furniture repairs, like the door needed some work on the hinges and a new shelf inside the cabinet. One of the reasons I love these old washstands is because of the cabinets. I played with the idea of leaving the door off and just using a basket for display, but the oak wood door was too pretty, and I wanted to salvage as much of the original wood as I could.
In the past, I have rebuilt many old dressers and added shelves inside broken drawers. It’s a great look!
Repairing The Wood Damage – Washstand Makeover
One of the drawers had a good bit of wood damage and would need repairs before painting. Also, I knew that I wanted different hardware to match the wood tones on this washstand makeover so filling the existing holes will allow me to drill new holes for a different style of hardware.
After the Bondo was dried, I use my SurfPrep Sander to smooth out any remaining Bondo. Trust me when I say, no one will know but us there were ever any holes or damage anywhere. POOF! It’s like magic!
Why You Should Chalk Paint An Antique Washstand
You bet I’m painting it! Whenever we hear the words “antique furniture,” we immediately think that we ruin the value when painting these old antiques.
HELLO! The washstand was left dead on the curb and it had already been painted. Where’s the value in that? I don’t think re-painting this antique washstand is going to devalue it. When done correctly and tastefully, I believe you can paint these old pieces, add value, and save them from the landfill. Or worse, the BURN PILE!
How To Distress Chalk Paint With A Sander
When I say I use my SurfPrep sander all the time; I mean it! After painting this piece with chalk mineral paint, I used it to distress and add worn areas that added to the aged look it already had. Some of the original paint was exposed to add even more vintage charm.
This sander isn’t just for furniture makeovers. I just completed a closet update in my master bedroom and used it for the shelving too. CLICK HERE to see my closet now and the yucky builder-grade before!
Using Hemp Oil For Wood And Chalk Mineral Paint Finishes
I was skeptical about using hemp oil over chalk mineral paint, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well I loved the finished product on this washstand makeover.
The naturally thin viscosity of this hemp oil will penetrate porous surfaces well. Use it on bare wood and over Dixie Belle Paint chalk mineral paint. It’s great for reviving old wood, and this antique washstand had plenty of that.
And lastly, I used Big Mama’s Butta (flannel) to give the inside of the drawers a fresh smell. CLICK HERE to learn how to remove that musty moldy smell from antique wood furniture.
My Painted Antique Washstand Makeover Results
I think it’s fabulous! Everything from the color used down to the imperfect oak wood that still had leftover remnants of old paint. Nothing makes me happier than seeing these old antiques getting a second chance and living on to tell the story of how my grandparents lived.
This washstand makeover was so much fun as I watched it evolve. It was a labor of love for sure, but I would do it all again in a heartbeat. My walking paid off big with this one! What do you think?
Thanks for joining me today, and if you liked this makeover, would you be so kind as to let me know in the comment section? Also, don’t forget to share and PIN this project to your DIY furniture makeover board for reference whenever you need it.
Until the next project… xo, Do