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Vintage Wash Stand Makeover & Update

Okay, so I’m a sucker for the smalls. The projects that finish relatively quickly, but they make great impact when they have a makeover. Take for instance this vintage wash stand. My friend, Mandy, said she saw it and thought of me. It definitely has that 80’s vibe going on and is in need of a bit of tweaking, don’t you think? Let’s have a mini makeover session! {{fist pump}}

Wash Stand Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The stand is pine and is definitely not that old, as in, not old enough to have use as a literal wash stand with basin and pitcher. However, it’s meant to be more of a decorative accent. So, with that I’m going to give a new “old” look to make it look the part. You can see another actual antique wash stand I refinished in this past post.

DIY TIME

First, I start by removing the top skirt, the hardware, and pull out the drawer. My goal is to dress up the top with my sander doing the handiwork. Here’s the before look at the top.

Vintage Wash Stand Top Before | prodigalpieces.com

It’s just basic pine, nothing fancy, but it’s at least solid wood. No MDF here! {{happy dance}} I seriously can’t stand manufactured wood…it’s not wood. ahem. Once sanding is done, I have a blank slate to work with.

Sanding Vintage Wash Stand Top | prodigalpieces.com

Then, after the dirty job is done, it’s time to begin the finish work. First, I use white wax to finish the raw wood on top. TIP: when it comes to hard-to-reach areas, I like to use an old stiff toothbrush to get the was into all the joints and carved spots.

White Wax Application on Vintage Wash Stand | prodigalpieces.com

Last, while the wax is curing on the top, I begin painting the base of the vintage wash stand. No special paint, but just a basic latex paint from a local hardware store. Two coats and my stand is good to go with one last addition. In addition, I dig into my hardware stash to find some replacement knobs to dress it up proper-like.

Antique Knob Backplate for Vintage Wash Stand | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

Here’s my vintage wash stand all dressed up for a simple, yet softly rustic appeal. It’s like a breath of fresh air compare to the “before”, right?

Vintage Farmhouse Style Wash Stand in Antique White by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #vintage

Open Vintage Wash Stand Drawer in Blue by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #farmhouse #furniture

Of course, I had to have a little fun on the inside. hee hee. Also, I made these linen towels with some scraps I had in my fabric stash as well.

Side View Vintage Wash Stand Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #linen #farmhouse #home

Handmade Linen Towel by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #linen #farmhouse #home

Now for the cherry on top…literally. The yellow pine needed a whitewash to tone down the wood. I think the wash showcases the wood grain while updating it.

Top View of Vintage Pine Wash Stand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #furniture #whitewash #diy

White Washed Pine Wood Wash Stand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #home

Antique Drawer Knobs on Wash Stand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #antique

If you’d like to add this to your home story, you can find it and more available in my online shop. It’s perfect for most any room in your home.

  • Handmade Linen Ottoman by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #shopping
    Linen Ottoman ~$75

Antique White Wash Stand with Linen Towels by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #antique #farmhouse #furniture #home

It’s exciting to share these types of mini makeovers with you because you can totally do this yourself. Plus, pin and share to inspire others too!

Dated and worn, this vintage wash stand needed a refreshing by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #vintage #home #furniture #homedecor

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Also, see more mini makeovers like this vintage wash stand:

DIY Upcycled Doorstops from Plastic Garden Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #upcycled #home #homedecorUpcycle that old wool sweater! A super fun and easy video tutorial on how to make DIY Wool Dryer Balls from an old wool sweater. Full details at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #laundry #handmade #upcycle #crafts #farmhouse

Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    Gorgeous!! Who knew?? Only you!! 😂💕

    • Larissa says

      Girlfriend, you sure know how to make my day start with a smile. 😀 Thank you!

  2. Holly says

    😍 Love it! Well done!

  3. Ann W. says

    It’s beautiful now! Love it!! One question: Am I understanding correctly, that you white-washed over the white wax?
    Thanks!

    • Larissa says

      That pumpkin style finish had to go. tee hee. Thanks, Marie. You are a sweet friend to me.

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