This lovely painted antique washstand was ready for a new lease on life. Carol, a new client of mine, dropped this cabinet off well before Christmas and it’s finally ready to be delivered. I know you’re probably thinking “What took you so long Mary?” Well, Carol wasn’t in a rush as she was working on redecorating her front hall (you know how long removing wallpaper can take!) and I too was busy working on some exciting stuff to help creative bloggers build profitable online businesses. I hope to share this with you all soon!
I started by stripping and sanding the top surface of this oak cabinet. I still prefer to use a stripper and then “lightly” sand the surface as preparation for the stain. Some of you may think that you don’t want to deal with the chemicals and that is fair enough. I do recommend using a chemical grade respirator and/or work in a well-ventilated area. I do prefer to do this in the warmer weather out in my garage with the door wide open.
The other reason why I prefer to use chemical strippers over just sanding is that sanding incorrectly can actually damage your wood. Also very important that a dust mask be worn while sanding. Safety is always first.
The stain is my goto General Finishes Java Gel Stain and WipeOn Polyurethane for sealing it all in. The colour Carol chose is my perfect “greige” colour, by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – French Linen. It’s not exactly grey and not exactly beige. It will fit into any neutral decorating scheme. I slightly distressed some of the edges to give it a more shabby aged look. The finishing touch is the wax that protects and seals the painted areas. I used the Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax, buffed and ready to go.
The handles were also removed, cleaned and sprayed with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray to have them compliment the stained top and add a pop of interest.
Carol intends to use this piece in her front hall and so handsome and function it will be. The towel rod at the top of the backband will act as a wonderful spot to display all her seasonal decorations.
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