This antique wash stand makeover was a one day project I decided to complete over the weekend. I inherited this lovely from my grandparents. A gorgeous piece of vintage furniture with crosscut wood. It was hard to decide whether I was going to paint this piece or leave it in all its natural glory. I decided it was time it got an updated look.

Antique Washstand Makeover

My mom and dad had first refurbished this washstand when I was a kid. It had a thick coat of varnish on it that they removed. There were several places that needed to be fixed with wood putty. Finally, they gave it a new coat of varnish and it was ready to use.


I decided to use FolkArt Home Decor chalk paint in the color Castle. This stuff is just the right texture to use on furniture. I like chalk paint that is thick but not too thick.


Antique Washstand Makeover

I have been getting a lot of use out of this chalk paint brush. The bristles are a natural fiber. This antique wash stand makeover is probably the last job I will do with this brush cause as you can see, it is well used. Always get a high-quality paintbrush otherwise half the bristles will come out all over your paint job.


Antique Washstand Makeover

Painting over that wood grain. Don’t hate me. We all need a makeover and it was just time. I ended up putting four coats of chalk paint on the washstand. It was a dark finish going to light paint so it needed a bit more than normal.


Antique Washstand Makeover

The door is coming along nicely but at this point, I still had a bit of painting ahead of me. I removed the hardware but did not throw it away. It will eventually have a purpose in another project.  I found some cute coastal colored knobs on sale at Hobby Lobby and decided they would be perfect for this DIY project.


Antique Washstand Makeover

The knobs. Yep, they are big and bulky and are a worn looking baby blue. I love them. They were sort of like an overlooked pet in the pet store and at a reduced price I had to snatch them up.


Antique Washstand Makeover

With each coat of lovely chalk paint, the furniture was looking better. Look at the pretty curves in the top. It is simply cute.


Antique Washstand Makeover

Chalk paint dries quick so I only had to wait a few hours before it was ready to wax. Many people use the was specially developed for chalk paint projects. Since this piece of furniture is not for a client, I just used Polycrylic Minwax which is just as good or at least in my opinion. I applied one even coat on the entire piece and it was enough.


The finished result. I am loving my antique wash stand makeover. I think it has this coastal cottage look.


Antique Washstand Makeover

Dressed it up with some cute decor and this fun project is complete.

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