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Antique Wash Stand Makeover

Another month just flew by and it’s the second Tuesday of the month which means it’s Trash to Treasure Transformation time! {{excited clapping}}. This means my four blogger friends and I get together to create projects to inspire you. This time around I’m showing you this antique wash stand. Isn’t it sweet?

Antique Wash Stand Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

Yes, it does need love, but who doesn’t these days? I’m thankful for a sweet friend, Bessica, who thought enough of me to bring this for me to love on. In addition, this isn’t the first wash stand I’ve worked on. You can see this one HERE or this other one HERE. Let’s take a look…

Damaged Veneer Top on Antique Wash Stand | prodigalpieces.com

The top veneer is damaged as well as the sides and a bit on the doors. Not a problem.

Damaged Anitque Wash Stand Side | prodigalpieces.com

The interior bottom panel needs some TLC as well.

Inside Damage to Antique Wash Stand | prodigalpieces.com

Thankfully, I have the wherewithal (or just plain nutty ideas) to tackle something like this. Ready?

DIY TIME

First order of business is take care of all that veneer. If you’ve been around me long, you know that veneer can be my friend or my enemy depending on the piece. haha. In this case, I’m going to see how hard it will be to mess with this veneer. The view of underneath looks kinda promising, but I’m not counting my chicks just yet. However, when I started to remove it, you would think I struck gold when I showed my littles. They have a treasure chest full of coins they’ve found counting them as God’s blessings. I let them add these to their loot. Look close!

Coins Found Under Damaged Veneer | prodigalpieces.com

After pulling most of it off and chipping away too, I decide the top is too far gone to restore due to bowing in the boards. No worries though because I have a plan. Next, I also remove the inside layer because that too needs replacing.

Removing Damaged Wash Stand Bottom | prodigalpieces.com

Likewise, I also see to it to replace the missing casters. Thankfully, I have a stash to draw from thanks to an awesome do-gooder.

Inserting Casters into Antique Wash Stand | prodigalpieces.com

Then, I trace the top onto luan I have in my stash from our bedroom remodel. Notice the bottom is replaced and casters are in as well. woot! Also, I fill in all the damage with wood filler. Almost there!

Making Antique Wash Stand Top | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

As soon as I trace the top, I use my jigsaw to cut it out. After that, I apply wood glue and use my brad nailer to secure it to the original top. To make it cohesive, I use my reactive stain on the top and in the interior shelf.

Reactive Stain on Antique Wash Stand Top | prodigalpieces.com

While the stain does its job, I begin tackling the base and interior. My custom-mixed color pink is suiting my vision for this antique wash stand.

Painting a Soft Pink on Antique Wash Stand | prodigalpieces.com

While the top is new, it doesn’t quite gel with the rest even after staining, so I decide to replicate the original top peeking through. In order to do that, I use a base color of another custom color similar to beige. On top, I break out my wood graining tools to add a planking look. You can see a demo in the video below of my kids play table makeover.

DIY Video Tutorial for Kids Farmhouse Table Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Wood Graining Tools to Update Wash Stand | prodigalpieces.com

Finally, I just need to dress up the knobs. Funny thing is that originally the drawer had swag pulls at some point, but the holes were filled in with dowel plugs. I considered replacing them with some antique swag pulls I have in my stash. However, I felt that painting and decoupaging is much more suited to my end vision.

Decoupage Knobs with Rose Paper | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I simply use my decorative tissue paper and a mixture of glue and water like I did for this curio cabinet. Then, I sand to age them a bit.

THE REVEAL

After a bit more DIY fun, here’s my pretty in pink antique wash stand ready to go many more years.

Pink Antique Wash Stand Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Shabby Chic Wash Stand Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal PIeces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shabbychic #pink

For me, the pink just suits it with those ornate details and rose knobs. It’s a custom color I mixed up for another project, so I’m glad I hung onto it. Likewise, I’m smitten with the outcome of the top as well. It’s much better than the damaged veneer right?

Top View of Wash Stand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #shabbychic #antique #furniture

Vintage Rose Finds for Bedroom Display by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #shabbychic #homedecor

Oh, and another surprise is the inside. tee hee!

Open Drawer on Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #antique #home #diy #furniture

Open Antique Wash Stand with Blue Interior by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #antique #furniture #homedecor

You know I had to do blue, but what color would you have chosen for the inside?

Farmhouse Cottage Bedroom by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #cottage #shabbychic #bedroom

Shabby Chic Pink Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture

Rose Bud Drawer Pull on Antique Wash Stand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #pink #shabbychic

If you’d like to make this stand a part of your home, you can find it and more available in my online shop. Come take a peek!

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    Vintage French Provincial Desk Set ~ $450

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Additionally, I’d love to hear some love in comments below, but also pin and share to inspire others too. Don’t give up on the classics, they just need tender loving care.

An antique wash stand is in rough shape, but Larissa of Prodigal Pieces gives it new life and more. Come see at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #antique #farmhouse #shabbychic #furniture

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Vintage Baby Crib Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    LOVE it!! The pink was a bold choice that was spot on. I think blue was the only choice for the interiors. And those knobs?!?! INSPIRED!! They truly make this piece!! 🥰😍🥰

    • Larissa says

      I’m so glad you think so. Of all the colors, pink just kept jumping out at me. And, you know me and blue…haha. Thanks so much for the needed hug, Rebecca.

  2. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Oh Larissa! There is nothing you can’t do. You bring the poor old pieces to life and save them. that is an awesome talent.

    • Larissa says

      Cheryl, you are so sweet to make my day. Thank you for the love! 😀

  3. Charleen says

    Love the pink. It’s so fresh and feminine. The knobs set it off,truly a show piece. God bless you. And yours this. Spring season

    • Larissa says

      I’m so tickled to hear it. Thank you, Charleen. Blessings to you! 🙂

  4. Christy James says

    What a fantastic save, Larissa! It is so pretty in pink now! And I love the knobs! XOXO

    • Larissa says

      Pink just resonated with me for this, so pink it is. Thanks so much, Christy!

  5. Niki says

    Pretty and feminine! You ladies always get me inspired. I have a furniture haul in my basement I need to get to work on. Right now I’m still working on upstairs remodel so I can’t get to it yet- But I keep tucking away ideas for the time I can get to them!!

    • Larissa says

      I totally feel you, Niki! I have too much as well and will have to pass them along to someone as I need to purge.

    • Larissa says

      You know I had to have fun with it. Thanks so much, Denise!

  6. Mary says

    Wow! I’m SO glad you saved this classic from the burn pile or who knows where she would have landed? I’m just amazed how you brought her back to life Larissa. I think the piece has another 100 yrs or even more to grace someone’s home. Thank you for sharing your process too 🥰 you inspire us not to give up on pieces that look “unfixable” ! So appropriate during this time of Easter 🐑

    • Larissa says

      You are such a delight, Mary. Your words mean the world to me. He lives!!

  7. Robin says

    Beautiful! It is just so sweet ❤

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Jen. It’s such a fun piece to let go to waste. Fun challenge too!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Marie! I’m glad Bessica thought enough of me to let me have at it.

  8. Rita says

    You made this lady beautiful. The pink paint is absolutely perfect.

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