Jan 22, 2013

Refinsished Oak Washstand for the Kitchen

I purchased this washstand for $20.00 in August from a seller on kijiji.  As soon, as I saw the ad, which had been posted for maybe an hour, I sent off an email as there was no phone number listed.  The lady responded right away and said that she had already made arrangements with someone else but she would let me know if they backed out, didn't show, etc.  I just about cried!  But, then a little bit later she emailed me back and said the other lady had backed out!  Happy day!!!  I wasted no time picking this one up!! 

This is what it looked like when we brought it home.  It was painted green, with some sort of gold glaze applied to it.  Not particularly my cup of tea. 


If you are curious about how I strip paint, you can read this post here.  I used Citrisolve and was amazed that this is what the top looked like after just one application of it.  I guess the paint wasn't too old.  It's been my experience that the older the paint, the harder it is to get off, especially with oak because of the grain. 

The hardest part was the detailing on the feet.  I find a needle helps get the gunk out of the grooves. 

It did come with the original hardware, but for now I've added these vintage glass knobs for a little bling. 

Love the curved drawer!
 Our new washstand is the perfect piece for the front entryway in the kitchen.  I have had numerous pieces there in the past few years since I have been redoing furniture.  However, I do believe this one is here to stay!  I am using the basket to store extra scarves and mitts during this cold weather. 

Hopefully I will back to share more of the kitchen tomorrow or the next day.  


  1. Holy cow that looks gorgeous!What a beautiful job you did!

  2. Oh my!!
    You broguht this cutie back to life!!!
    You did a great job on this ( as usual!), also lucky you to have it for only $20 :)

  3. I can't believe how nice the wood was underneath that paint! Its nice to see a reverse makeover!

  4. I with Loretta above. It is great to see a piece restored to its former glory and not repainted. Love the quarter-sawn drawer.

  5. You're Kidding!!!! What a lovely piece! That is definitely a piece that should not be painted! You brought back its natural beauty. Fantastic! I'd keep it for sure! :) Love the new look of your blog too. Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  6. OMG! I can't believe someone painted over that gorgeous wood! It looks like tiger oak, which is my FAVORITE wood! Anyhoo, gorgeous refinishing job!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  7. so pretty! I know a lot of us are "paint happy" these days. I'm happy that you could see the beauty of this piece and restore it.