Sometimes I am merely a copy cat. I see something that I love on pinterest, or on another blog, and I want to do that too! I’d like to say that I put my own spin on it, and sometimes I do, but not always. I know that some people are quite furious when people ‘steal’ their ideas, whereas others put stuff out there for precisely that reason. They want to inspire people, plus they realize that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
I fall in that latter category, and I’m pretty sure that Miss Mustard Seed does too and she won’t mind that I copied her. At least I hope so.
You may have seen the sweet little washstand that Miss Mustard Seed painted to bring to Lucketts. She painted it in a custom mix of her milk paint and she thoughtfully provided the recipe (that’s kinda why I’m pretty sure she won’t mind that I copied). I loved this color instantly and I knew I wanted to try it on something. I was thinking more about a full sized dresser, but then while garage saling in Linden Hills I found this fab washstand …
Well, duh, it was a no-brainer. I hadn’t really intended to completely copy MMS right down to the washstand, but this just felt like it was meant to be.
So I mixed up my paint according to Marian’s recipe; equal parts Shutter Grey, Eulalie’s Sky and Layla’s Mint. I like to let my milk paint settle a bit before I start to brush it on. Especially when I’m mixing colors like this. It’s sort of like making homemade salad dressing, you want to give the flavors some time to blend together. So while I was waiting I removed the hardware and lightly sanded the washstand. It’s difficult to see in the photo, but this washstand had been poorly ‘re-finished’ with a coat of shiny polyurethane. I knew that the impervious poly would give me some serious chipping. I wanted some chipping, but not serious chipping ;-), so I sanded.
That did the trick perfectly.
I love the scalloped edge on the back trim piece. Isn’t it sweet? Those are the last of my lilacs, by the way.
Washstands tend to be the perfect size to use as a bedside table. Mr. Q has a washstand on his side of the bed, while I have a small table.
They are painted in the same color and are about the same height which helps unify them.
So, if you are on the hunt for a nightstand with some chippy, vintage farmhouse style this might be the one for you.
As always, check out my ‘available for local sale’ tab for details.