I am excited to finally be showing some photos of the antique washstand that I painted for my daughter!
If you remember, the girl's room was the worst room in the house. Mostly because they are crammed in there like sardines. I added an armoire, computer desk, painted and a few other things last summer but never got around to showing the room because it was never really finished. I started to strip this washstand because I wanted to refinish it in natural wood.
However, the wood was not that great and it didn't all match. There was veneer on the drawers, but the door was oak and not great. So I just left it alone trying to figure out what to do.
I really did love all these old colors that I found underneath the white. There was a blue/green and a peach/pink color--all of which I have found on different pieces of wood from the old house. Apparently those were big colors in the 1930s-1940s.
I decided that I would paint it pink since that was my grandmother's favorite color, and also my daughter, Evelyn's. BTW...it's pronounced the "English" way like "Eve" with a long E. She is actually named for my great grandmother, Emma Evelyn Edwards Knight.
So I went with pink and sanded it to let the old colors show through.
Then, I added a mocha glaze, which takes forever to dry. And I went crazy with the glaze. I really wanted it to look distressed.
And Evelyn got this for Christmas. She was really excited because she kept saying I had forgotten about it and was never going to finish it.
I found my grandmother's mirror in my parent's basement with the same shade of green/blue, and put that above the washstand. Oddly enough, that is the way it was hanging because that's how the hanging hardware is attached to the back. It also had to be that high so she can see into it. I found an old bottle lamp my grandmother had made and recycled that also for her. I added new electrical work, and a new shade which I added flowers and trim to. The rug also belonged to my grandmother.
When I originally put it in the room, the bunk beds were turned this way, but I have since moved them so the girls at least have a side to call their own!
I realize that it would stand out so much better if the walls were not also pink, but they are so we'll be living with it. She loves it anyway.
Finally, I painted a piece of furniture! I know. It's just that I grew up with white painted furniture, had white furniture all through the 1990s, and realized that I really like love beautiful wood. The darker the better. Maybe Evelyn will strip this one down to the bare wood one day.
I'll be joining