First things first, the winner of Friday’s giveaway is Kristin from Hazel Mae Home. I’ve already contacted her via email and will be getting those transfers in the mail to her. Thank you all so much for your glowing comments, the Rustic Teal dresser was a huge hit!
Now, on with today’s post.
I picked up this pretty little washstand at a garage sale this summer.
I love doing these pieces, and checking back through my fab furniture page I realized that I’ve done quite a few of them. In fact this will be the 11th one. I love these pieces because they make excellent bedside tables.
I started this one by stripping the top with Citristrip. That process made me realize that the stain on this piece was very, very orange (you can see the orange color coming off with the stripper).
Because of that I briefly toyed with the idea of painting it black. I just knew that the orange stain was going to bleed through a lighter color. But somehow I just couldn’t let go of the idea of painting it a creamy white.
So I painted just a little test patch on one side. Sure enough, the stain started bleeding through almost immediately and quite heavily. So I dug out the Dixie Belle BOSS.
I’ve learned from experience that you need to follow the directions with this stuff or it may not work. So I followed them to a T. I started by painting one coat of BOSS over the entire piece. I let it dry, and then did another test patch. Nope. Still bleeding thru. So I added a second coat and once dry, tested again. Nope. Still bleeding thru. That means you need more drying time.
So I simply left the piece to dry for a full 24 hours.
That did the trick. It seems weird that you don’t need more product, just more drying time, but it works!
Once I had that bleeding under control it took just two coats of Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth to get awesome coverage.
I did something this time that I rarely do. I painted over the hardware in place.
The person who owned this piece before me had cut off the ends of the eye bolts inside the drawers. That damaged the ends so that I couldn’t get the nuts off again. I could have forced them off (or cut them off entirely), but that would have left me with the problem of either getting them back on again later or opting to change out the hardware. Then again, I could have just purchased new eye bolts (FYI, you can find those for about 50 cents each at hardwareofthepast.com), but I didn’t think of that until I was writing this post. Duh.
But instead I decided why not try painting them in place? And in the end I really love how they turned out.
Once this piece was painted, I sanded it to distress and then I added one of my favorite Prima Marketing transfers called Seeds. Seeds comes in two sizes and this is the smaller version which is 11″ x 14″.
I couldn’t quite fit the entire thing on the door lengthwise so I cut off the bit left at the bottom and then used it on the top drawer.
Prima Marketing makes so many fantastic transfers that it’s hard to choose favorites, but I still absolutely love this one every single time I use it.
After applying the transfer, I lightly sanded over it with 220 grit paper to give it more of a distressed look. Then I waxed the base of the washstand with clear wax. In this case I used up the very last bit of the Miss Mustard Seed Lavender scented clear wax that I had. I love that wax. It was a limited edition though so I’m not sure if you can still buy it.
Then finally I waxed the top of the washstand with Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax in Brown.
By the way, that monstrous thing in the background of these photos is my Limelight hydrangea.
It has grown much larger than I ever expected and is well over my head. I’ll probably cut most of those flowers off and use them in my front window box along with some evergreens for winter.
Thank you to Prima Marketing, Dixie Belle Paint Co and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint for supplying the products I used to transform this washstand.
If you’re wondering where to purchase the Prima Marketing Seeds transfer check out their ‘where to buy’ page.
If you’re wondering where to buy the Miss Mustard Seed Lavender wax (if you can still find it), check out her ‘find a retailer‘ page.
And finally, if you happen to be local (Twin Cities, MN) and in need of a gorgeous autumn washstand, check out my ‘available for local sale’ page for more details.