I found this old gal posted for sale on my local Craigslist site.
I thought her so charming and sweet.
It helped that the price was right and that the seller lived just a minute from me.
That pretty much ensured the sale 😉
This very antique Victorian washstand was seriously cute with her carved pulls and curved backpiece – and she was OLD.
Her dovetailed drawer showed her age – it was made with the pin and crescent dovetailing (aso known as a Knapp joint) which indicted she was made in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s.
WOW…she looks pretty good for her age, huh?
I considered all the colors in my milk paint inventory and decided that she would look
perfectly festive in green.
Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Boxwood it was.
I did some quick prep work on the piece while I mixed up my paint.
I sanded her with a medium grit sanding block all over.
The I took my palm sander and completely sanded down the top to reveal the pretty bare wood so I could stain the top dark.
I love being able to keep some of the original wood on pieces – plus it assures it will be exceptionally durable for years to come.
I love how she came out with a bit of a worn and distressed look which suits her age so well.
I added a magnet so the doors would shut properly and some adorable wooden knobs so the doors could be opened with ease.
I refinished the top of the stand in Minwax’s Dark Walnut and sealed it in several coats of poly.
The milk-painted base was sealed in Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil.
I just love that Boxwood – such a fantastic color on this sweet little piece!
What are you painting and making pretty this holiday season?