Remember I mentioned that I purchased a vintage dry sink at a garage sale a few weeks back? Well, here it is in its ‘before’ state.
How could I resist that? It even had the old green pump still attached. Well, part of it anyway. The handle is missing.
This one was definitely the perfect candidate for some milk paint. I just happened to have some Homestead House milk paint on hand in a color called Stone Fence. I’d used this color quite a few years ago and I really liked it, so I’d ordered more of it recently. It was just waiting for the right project.
I went very minimal on prep because I knew I’d be OK with some chipping. So I simply cleaned the beadboard on all four sides with some TSP substitute, and then rinsed with clear water. Next I painted the beadboard with two coats of the Stone Fence leaving the top of the dry sink unpainted. Once dry, I sanded with 220 grit paper.
I then vacuumed away any dust, gave it a wipe down with a clean, dry microfiber cloth, and then applied my old favorite transfer called Seeds.
That transfer could not have been any more perfect for this piece (although I didn’t use the entire transfer, there were a couple more lines at the bottom that I cut off and will save for another project)!
This is an old Prima Marketing transfer from before they parted ways with the I.O.D. sisters. I was just looking back at one of my blog posts about a pair of twin beds that I put this transfer on back in 2018, and I mentioned in that post that the transfer cost $17.99! Dang, what happened to those prices?! Now you can’t find transfers this size for less than $29.99. That’s a 65% increase in 4 years. What’s up with that?
(Sidebar: that urn planter on the left is another that I used Dixie Belle’s patina paint on to give it a rusty iron look, it’s really just plastic!)
The Seeds transfer came in a larger size (which is what I used on this dry sink), and a smaller version. I used part of the smaller one on this chair …
I used this design on A LOT of pieces, and I was hoarding this last one for something special (the transfer is retired, so no longer available).
Just a quick q tip to say that I don’t necessarily recommend storing (a.k.a. hoarding) transfers for more than a couple of years. They can dry out and then become difficult to apply. I’ve also had them come unstuck from their backing and stuck to the protective sheet instead, and then they are worthless.
But I was ignoring my own advice and hanging onto this one until just the right piece came along. Luckily, the transfer was still in good shape and went on fairly easily.
That being said, it can be a little more challenging to apply a transfer over an uneven surface like beadboard …
You just have to go slowly and continually press the transfer down into those grooves.
As for the top of the dry sink, I decided to just clean it up a bit.
I sanded it with 220 grit paper to remove some smudges of paint left on it by a previous owner, and then revived the finish with a coat of Dixie Belle’s Big Mama’s Butta.
It’s not perfect, but that was my point. I didn’t want to totally remove the patina that showed its age.
The remainder of the piece received a top coat of Dixie Belle’s flat clear coat.
As for the inside, I cleaned it and that’s it. I like that it looks authentic inside with original chippy paint.
I think this piece would be adorable as a plant stand. You could fill the ‘sink’ area with potted plants and store all of your plant supplies underneath.
In the end, this was the perfect piece for my last precious Seeds transfer, don’t you think?
This piece is for sale, so be sure to check my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details.