A while back one of my good customers told me she had an old washstand that needed a new home, and at the same time she was purchasing the french-ish bed I’d just finished. So we did a little bartering and I ended up with the washstand and a little extra cash.
I have to confess that every time I looked at this washstand I was reminded of the flying nun.
Who else remembers the flying nun? The premise of that show was totally ridiculous, but I bet nearly everyone watched it. That weren’t that many TV choices in 1967.
Anyway, there was just something about those towel bars winging out from the sides that said ‘flying nun’ to me. I considered removing them, but removing them would have left a gap where the arm of the towel bar fits into the top of the washstand. You can sort of see what I mean in this next photo …
So after re-gluing that loose piece shown above, I decided the towel bars would stay.
I sanded everything down, cleaned it with clear water and then added two coats of Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth. Originally I was going to do something entirely different with it next, but after finishing the floral box that I shared with you on Monday I really wanted to try that same look on a piece of furniture.
So I pulled out another IOD transfer that I recently picked up. This one is called Flora Parisiensis.
I’m sharing that image of the transfer because you may not even recognize it on my washstand. I cut it all apart and created my own collage style look with it. And much like on the box, I combined it with various pieces from other transfers, mostly Paris Valley from re.design with prima, but there are a few other bits in there too.
I started with the top drawer and mainly used the leaves on it.
Then I moved on to the cupboard doors …
I added most of the words first, then layered in the roses, then filled in with a few more wordy bits in spots.
I put the main title from the transfer on the backsplash …
but then I did a really good job covering that up in my photos with my props.
So I felt like I should take at least one photo where that shows.
At one point in its life there must have been a shelf inside the lower portion of the washstand because the supports are still in place.
But after having Ken take a look, we both agreed that adding a shelf in that spot wasn’t really terrible practical. You wouldn’t be able to put anything even somewhat tall inside.
I had also initially considered changing out the wooden knobs. They felt a bit oversized to me. But as it turned out, these are threaded wooden knobs that screw right into the piece.
I’ve only seen this style of knob on a handful of pieces and I felt like they were a feature that I didn’t want to remove. Especially the one on the cupboard door because it has a little latch on the back that keeps the door shut when you turn the knob.
How clever is that? So simple, yet totally effective.
I really have to laugh at myself right now. One of my mottos is ‘never say never’ because whenever I say something like “I’ll never use gold paint,” I always have to eat my words. And here I am fresh off saying “I prefer words over florals” and look what I’ve done.
But I have to say, I had the such fun working on this piece.
And I think the florals totally draw your attention away from the flying nun towel bars.
What do you think?
As always, thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the paint used on this project, and to re.design with prima for providing the Paris Valley transfer.