I felt like I needed a bit of a break last weekend. Although I had a number of projects I could have worked on, I just wasn’t in the mood.
I think the trip that Mr. Q and I took to Target on Saturday morning threw me off. There was just something so disconcerting about people making an obvious effort to stay 6′ away. Of course I know why people are doing it, but I still somehow feel rejected when someone takes a big detour around me as though I am giving off a bad odor. And then there were the people with bandannas over their faces. Are they about to rob the place, or are they just out hoping to find toilet paper like I was?
The world has turned completely upside down, and I needed some time to process it. So Mr. Q and I played some board games, went for a walk in the park and then binge watched Travel Man on Hulu.
But I didn’t want to leave you guys hanging today, so I decided to do a compilation post.
Thus, I bring you the humble washstand.
I’ve painted quite a few of these over the years. They are perfect for a quick makeover because they are smaller than a dresser or desk and you can easily whip one up in a day. They are also fairly versatile pieces. You can use them as a bedside table, an end table, in the foyer … I’ve even seen them with sinks added to the top and used as a bathroom vanity.
Another possibility is to use them as a coffee bar.
Looking back, it seems that my favorite color to use on washstands is white. I’ve painted several of them, including this next one, with Dixie Belle Paint Co’s Drop Cloth, which is a warm white.
Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Linen is also a lovely warm white, and it worked beautifully on this washstand …
Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Grain Sack is also a good choice if you want a cooler, grey undertone to your white (and if you aren’t a fan of milk paint, I recommend Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy as a substitute for this color) …
Grain Sack was the color I chose for the washstand that I inherited from my grandparents. We use this as a nightstand on Mr. Q’s side of the bed.
If you want more of an almond color, Miss Mustard Seed’s Marzipan is a great choice.
I’ve done two in Marzipan, this next one being one of my favorites.
I didn’t even have to paint this next washstand, it was already white when I bought it. But I did add the Out on the Farm transfer from re.design with prima.
Every once in a while, I break out some more vibrant colors. This washstand is painted in Sweet Pickens In a Pickle and turned out perfectly chippy.
This next washstand is painted in a custom mix of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint, 1/3 Boxwood to 2/3 Kitchen Scale …
In general, I’m more of a neutral lover though. Dixie Belle Paint Co’s Putty was perfect on this one along with re.design with prima’s Fine Horseman transfer.
So, there you have an even dozen of my favorite washstand makeovers.
Which one is your favorite? Or have you painted some washstands yourself? What is your favorite color to use on them?
As always, thanks to my blog sponsors Dixie Belle Paint Co and re.design with prima for providing many of the products used on these washstands.