Monday, August 23, 2010

All Washed Up

Good morning, peeps!
I know there's at least one of you out there...  (You know who you are, and I heart you!)

I picked up this pine washstand at the cutest little country store about 15 years ago.  It has the sweetest shape to it, but the honey pine look is no longer my favorite.  I actually don't even have room for it any more having just re-done (partially) my dining room, but I really wanted to see this cutie with some new bling before I let it go. 

It had only a stained finish on it and didn't need any patches or repairs, so it required just a light sanding and cleaning.  Oh, how I wish that more of my projects were this simple!  I did decide not to paint the top, so that required some extra attention.

Here's a little secret about me:  I am into instant gratification.  There.  I said it.  I am very impatient.  I prefer quickie projects with little to no planning or shopping required.  Having shared that, you may understand why I used what I had on-hand in my paint stash for this one.  I was out of primer and had outdoor white paint.  Not what the professionals would recommend, I'm sure, but it was free and instantly available.    Actually, the paint gave great coverage.  I did 2 coats and it gave a nice even finish.  I have seen a lot of pieces lately that are painted and have a stained accent top, so I thought I'd give that a try.  Let me say that I suck at staining.  In my impatient rush, I sanded all of the stain off of the top, but with a 100 grit sandpaper.  Easy peasy, as my 6 year old says.  If I had followed up with a fine sanding, it would have been the most beautiful stain I'd ever done.  If...  Since I didn't, it is much darker in some places where the top isn't as smooth.  Oh, well.  Every project teaches me something.  

Here it is: 

After getting a good look at it in the photos, I really think I should fill those nail holes on the front.  I mean, they're not obvious or anything, right?  Duh...  Seriously, though, isn't it much cuter?  Now it just needs a home...

I think my day includes some puttying, touching up, and some wipe-on poly for all of the pieces I have done in the last week or so that need that finishing touch!

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