Linen Milk-Painted Washstand Makeover

Linen Washstand - Before - Embracing Change

I know the before picture I saw of this piece doesn’t show much, but I could see the underlying beauty right away.
Did you notice the carved details and the cuteness of this piece?
I did and I knew I had to make her over.

I promise she turns out pretty fantastic despite that very ugly picture.
A little love, glue and time and she was all ready for some paint.

Miss Mustard Seed’s Linen Milk Paint to be exact.
I was inspired by some washstands she recently made over for her home and I wanted to have my hand at it.
I mixed up a batch of linen milk paint without the bonding agent … it was risky.
You just never know what this paint will do sometimes and that is a bit like an adventure.
I was game.
I painted several coats as the whites in the milk paint line generally need a bunch of coats.

I was patient.

I noticed the wood on the top was in fairly good condition so I decided to refinish the top in a dark walnut stain from Minwax.
The top turned out so nice and I was glad I didn’t just paint over it.
That would have been easier, but I love to maintain some wood on a piece if I can.

She was missing the original pulls when I got it and I wasn’t able to quite match it up with my something from my hardware stash so I decided to try out some of my new black cup pulls from D. Lawless Hardware.

I think they look pretty awesome against that chippy white…

what do you think?

Linen Washstand - Embracing Change

Look at all her chippy goodness.
It makes me a little giddy.

Linen Washstand - Embracing Change

Linen Washstand - Embracing Change

Linen Washstand - Embracing Change

Linen Washstand - Embracing Change

Linen Washstand - Embracing Change

Linen Washstand - Embracing Change

Linen Washstand - Embracing Change

I distressed her out and then sealed her in Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil.
Isn’t she fantastic?
Hard to believe that is the same piece I showed you in that picture, huh?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Yes, she is fantastic? Great job. The pretty carvings show up so nicely now.

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