Washstand with Red Chalk Paint

Aren’t antique washstands the cutest pieces ever?  They are really versatile too.  You can use them in bedrooms, bathrooms, entry ways and more.

This one was given to me, and it required a bunch of cleaning and repairs.  The back had to be fully replaced.  I forgot to take a proper before picture, so I pulled this one from my tutorial video.

washstand before

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Base Coat of Collard Greens & Dried Sage

I cleaned this piece really well, and my husband made the needed repairs to the back. 

You can see me painting the base coat Live on Dixie Belle’s Paint Facebook page here.  It was a pouncing blending technique, using both Collard Greens and Dried Sage.  I also used some Coffee Bean, but I think the end result is the same without it. 

washstand right side

I didn’t love the colors to highlight the cute features of this particular piece, so I decided to put red over it.  You could call this one of Bob Ross’ happy little accidents because I never would have intentionally used Collard Greens this way, but I LOVE the way it looks.

Barn Red

This finish is a little different than most because the shading and color variation you see didn’t come from a color placed over the red, but the color allowed to show through the red coat. 

washstand left side

The red wasn’t exactly dry-brushed on, but I didn’t give it full coverage and I didn’t use any water.  Doesn’t the end result look authentically aged?  I am definitely going to remember this color combination.

Walnut Stained Top

It only took about 15-20 minutes to sand down this top to the natural oak.  I dusted it thoroughly, and then stained with No Pain Gel Stain.  Using the applicator pad, I rubbed on the stain in the direction of the grain.  I kept it light with one coat. 

washstand top

I haven’t sealed this top yet, but I would recommend sealing your wood tops with Clear Coat in the sheen of your choice.  I plan to use Flat.

Finishing Touches

When I picked up these handles and knob from Hobby Lobby, they were white.  I gave them a quick coat of Midnight Sky, and now they fit this piece beautifully. 

If you enjoyed this tutorial or want to save this piece as inspiration, Pin It by clicking the Pin button you see when you hover over this picture:

red washstand pin

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16 thoughts on “Washstand with Red Chalk Paint”

  1. Lisa says:

    Hello, I love the red furniture!! My fave color:) My question is did you use Dixie Belle dirt to the washstand after it was painted? If not, how did you get the dark areas on the washstand? They look fabulous! Also did you use any sealer on the barn red paint? Thank you

    1. Shannon says:

      Hi Lisa,
      Thanks! I used Collard Greens and Dried Sage under the Barn Red and then just didn’t paint the red with full coverage. I left some of the first coat peeking through. I sealed the top with Clear Coat Flat, but I don’t think I sealed the paint. Dixie Belle is self-sealing, so you don’t have to seal it unless you want to. xo Shannon

  2. Oh my gosh I love this! Your transformation worked out great. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Pinned! xo Kathleen

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Kathleen! Merry Christmas to you!!

  3. Naush Samama says:

    I’m totally in love with the red, you are using ! Plus the pedestal Christmas tree is fabulous. Love the elements.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Naush! Merry Christmas!! xo Shannon

  4. Allyson says:

    I always enjoy seeing your makeovers! I love this red and brown combination. I hopped over and pinned your red farmhouse dresser so I can try it out on my guest room dresser.

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Allyson, that’s so sweet! I hope you share a picture of your project if you try it out! xo Shannon

  5. Jayne says:

    I love chalk painted furniture and this one is a stunner! Gorgeous colour and just right for the holidays!

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Jayne! You would think I planned it, but I really just followed where the piece led me!

  6. Rebecca Payne says:

    I love this and the red color.

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, it’s a favorite of mine too!

  7. This looks lovely! Great job!

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks so much, Rebecca!

  8. You did a great job. This looks fabulous!

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Lisa, glad you like it!

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