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My passion is decorating with vintage and antique finds on a budget. There was a time when I wouldn't have dreamed of going into a goodwill. That day has passed. :) My second love is scrapbooking all those special family moments for posterity, and I recently set up my very own scrapbooking room. I have three beautiful children, two sons and a daughter as well as a sweet (albeit full blooded Yankee) daughter-in-law and two grandgirls. I also enjoy gardening, meeting new friends and relaxing on my patio in the evenings with a glass of fine wine. During the summer of 2001, I spent two glorious weeks at Kennedy Space Center. I've been somewhat of a space geek ever since....

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Metamorphosis Monday Washstand

Wow, what a whirlwind week I've had.  Got my daughter moved up to Charleston for college and am starting back to school tomorrow.....

:(  Goodbye, summer, I'm gonna MISS ya.........

To brighten my mood, I'm linking up with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday this evening.  We are in the process of cleaning out my mother's house and no one seemed interested in this sweet little washstand that my mom had antiqued years ago.  Remember the antiquing craze?????  Well, I brought this little baby home and gave it an update with old white chalk paint and gave it a good home right next to my rice bed.

Here's the before:

The wonderful thing about chalk paint is that there is no prep work needed.  You just slap that paint on and it adheres to anything......  It has been so wet and rainy here that I brought the washstand inside and worked on it in my kitchen.

Here it is with two coats of old white on it.  I painted right over the old brass handles.  Then I took a sanding block and went to town.  Not something I'll do inside again......  :(  Made the mess of a lifetime, can I tell ya?  After that, I waxed it with clear and then dark Annie Sloan wax.  That dark wax has to be used sparingly.  It went on too dark so I used added clear wax on top to lighten it up.

Here's a close up shot of the distressing.  Talk about relieve some deep seated anxiety in a hurry at half the expense of psychotherapy.  Ha! 

Are ya ready for the finished product?  I'm just so darn proud of it......

Isn't it sweet?  And I love the storage it provides.  If you haven't tried Annie Sloan chalk paint, you HAVE to.  'Nuff said......



  1. It looks great! You did a nice job Terri.

  2. Yikes! I had my "dark wax over Old White" with a dresser experience. I think it took me a longer time to tone down the dark wax than I had spent of painting. Gotta do a little more sanding and a coat of CLEAR wax before I can post it. Your piece looks GREAT.

  3. I love it! It turend out so pretty, Terri...Christine

  4. Looks great! We have never used chalk paint...going to give it a try.
    Angela and Renee

  5. I have heard the wax is too dark. Most mix a tad in with some plain old minwax and use that way. Looks great.

  6. Nicely done, thanks for sharing! We hope you will consider helping kids with cancer by linking into the Miracle Makeover party this coming week
    at Together we can change things! We appreciate you.

    Sherry, DGB Team

  7. I guess I just have to break down and try that chalk paint everyone is raving about. Your nightstand turned out so nice.

    I host a party on Wednesdays that is a showcase for bloggers with less than 500 followers.... and I would like to invite you! (the linky is open now)

    xoxo BunnyJean @ BunnyJean's Decor and More!

    I am # 141 in the Met Monday party.

  8. Terri-
    You did a great job.
    I recently bought some chalk paint, but it has been so hot, I haven't started a project yet.
    Is That lazy?

    White Spray Paint

  9. Love this. Such a pretty little piece.

  10. very impressive what you did to save this little treasure


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