Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Old White Dry Sink

This is my favorite reinvented piece so far.  I {really} wanted to keep her but she has found a happy home...


I usually listen to any advice my husband gives but I have to say that I am glad I didn't this {one} time.  I ran across this old dry sink at Goodwill last summer. 


I spotted it immediately and must've looked {overly} excited because a nice gentleman stopped to ask what I planned to do with it {as if I were crazy}.  He said it just looked like junk to him but he could tell that I was excited to find it and couldn't help but ask.  {Sweet.}  It did look pretty junky {unless you are into Grateful Dead chic} but I knew with a little TLC she would be a beauty!   
Sidenote: The hutch and base were actually in separate areas of the store and priced separately.  After inspecting the hardware, there was no doubt they were a set and I {very kindly} showed the manager, asking if he might price it as one piece {please, please, please}.  To my surprise, he said no problem and ripped the other tag up.  {Score!}  So, don't be afraid to ask and plead your case because they are often willing to help you out {and make you a happy girl}.  Anyhoo...after sitting in our garage for the last 6 or so months, my husband suggested I keep it and use it to store my supplies.  {Can you imagine this beauty holding old paint brushes and rags?  What a waste.}

I did think about it for a second but decided she was worth the work and got right to it!  I knew I wanted this piece to be Old White and heavily distressed.  In my humble opinion, an old dry sink just wouldn't look natural with a perfect paint job.  It needed character and signs that it has lived life a little {getting deep, I know}.  I drybrushed the entire piece with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Old White.  I then sanded and sanded {and sanded} using every grit from 150 to 400 to blend the brush strokes and make the finish look natural.  It was then topped with 2 coats of clear wax to protect the worn finish.  I really love the look of painted hardware and ASCP makes the job really easy.  It literally sticks to everything and I simply seal the hardware, just like wood, with clear wax.

   
I couldn't decide which use she was best for so I staged the piece as a china hutch and as a changing table.
 
















A very sweet gal named Janna {who has the most adorable doggies} picked up this beauty for her dining room.  I think I was right to not take Chad's advice because it sold {with 2 backup offers} within 2 hours of posting.  People love unique pieces and I am so thankful because I love finding unique pieces and redesigning them {and it gives me an excuse to keep buying them}!  Which use do you think fits this piece best...changing table or china hutch?
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29 comments:

  1. Cynthia2/28/2012

    What a find! Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Cynthia! I'm a little disappointed that I let it sit for 6 months but it ws worth the wait.

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  2. Amy Jacobs2/28/2012

    If you find a small hutch/china cabinet with doors/shelves and doors, let me know. I am looking for my kitchen!!

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  3. what an amazing difference! it looks gorgeous!

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  4. I love it as a hutch with all the little drawers and cubbies. Amazing transformation.

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  5. Wow! You took something that I'll bet a lot of people would just walk by or turn their nose up at and made it pretty, Cindy! Great job!

    visiting from WUW! : )

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    1. Thanks for visiting {and commenting} Kathy! I'm going to have to borrow your moss covered frame idea for Spring. :)

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  6. Wow, Cindy! What a fabulous piece! I love that you knew right away that it needed to be Old White, heavily distressed...and it couldn't have turned out any prettier! Nicely done! I will be pinning this to my "Paint it Annie" inspiration board! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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    1. Thanks Amanda! I'll have to check out the other pins on your inspiration board.

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  7. I love it as a changing table - and now you have the top piece? Or did that get sold too?

    You did an amazing job!

    WELL DONE!!!

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    1. Thanks Michele! I sold it as a set.

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  8. What a beautiful piece and what a transformation. I love it!

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  9. I love what you did with this piece. I have to vote for changing table because my Daughter, whose name is also Janna, is expecting. What a cute changing table that makes.

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  10. Simply stunning!! Great transformation!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  11. Good morning Cindy...nice to meet you and your blog....Found you at Funky Junk...great job on this piece...looks super!!...My most recent post is all about white decor...come on over and check it out...I'm now following you and going back now to look through your blog...happy weekend, Mariaelena

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  12. You totally breathed new life into this piece - it needed you! Great job - totally stunning! I don't know which I like best - wither purpose fits really! Great job! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Inspirations party - please come back Thursday to link up again!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  13. That is stunning. Good eye!!

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  14. A W E S O M E.... this is one unique piece. I don't think it should of housed your supplies either. You made the right decision. I am so glad I found your blog. I have reading posts and feel like I am ready to tackle ASCP now in my home just from viewing your posts. I just have to made the right decision on old white or pure white....decisions...decisions. :)

    ~ Lisa ~

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  15. This turned out beautifully!! You did an AMAZING job!! Thanks so much for sharing & for linking up to the "thrift it" party!!

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  16. Creative on a whole new level....the finish is GORG.....paint is the plastic surgeon of decorating.....WOW I LOVE IT

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  17. Well if nobody is going to ask, I will! What did you buy it for at Goodwill? That's always one of my FAvoRiTe parts of a remake story... I like it as both pieces but prefer the set together. Beautiful! (If you don't like sharing your purchase price, I understand, had to ask)

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  18. This is absolutely beautiful! I’m trying to do the same thing to a china cabinet I have. It looked like yours had a glossy finish when you got it. Did it? Or does it just look like that in the pictures? I was wondering if you had to sand it before you painted it with the chalk paint? Mine has a pretty glossy finish on it and I’m wondering what my first step should be. Thanks for your help Cindy!

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  19. Anonymous8/08/2013

    I'm curious when you paint the hardware, do you remove it to paint it or just leave it on?

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    1. I typically remove it so that I can paint underneath it. You never know when you might want to switch out hardware in the future.

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  20. I am dying at how perfect this piece would be for a changing table. I love unique, old-fashioned, shabby-chic stuff. I'm looking for a changing table and this would have been perfect. I'm so sad I found this so late. How could I find something like this one? I looked on craigslist for a dry sink. I definitely couldn't find one this beautiful!

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