Saturday, July 2, 2011

The project requires some stripping...

...paint stripping that is! I am still hard at work on the girls' room, and things are going pretty well, but I need to get this little project done to complete it!

I have this antique wash stand that belonged to my grandmother. It has been painted several times. I have wanted to strip it for a while, but never got around to it.

It has a marble top...

When I started sanding, this is what I found. I do love these colors and knowing that my grandmother painted them on kind of connects me to her. She loved painting furniture, and I have spent the last 10 years stripping all that paint!  Knowing how hard people work to get this distressed kind of look made me think about just coating this with paste wax, but it's just not for me, and it wouldn't work in the room. I really enjoy the process of stripping everything down to the bare wood and bringing it back to life. But that's just me...if there's a trend, I'll go the opposite direction for some reason, lol.

So back to work getting this stripped and ready for a finish. Here's a peak at the other piece I stripped and refinished that you will be seeing in the room...

Hoping to have it finished by Monday!! Have a fabulous weekend!!



  1. Oh these are lovely pieces can't wait to see the finished product!!

  2. This is a beautiful piece of furniture, especially with the marble top. I have 2 solid oak pieces, one a wash stand similar to yours (without the marble top), that were both painted when I inherited them. I took them to a stripper and they are now the beautiful oak they once were. I have been so tempted to paint them with this current trend of painting furniture but have left them. Their grain is so beautiful and warm. I guess if the piece is in bad shape then it's ok to paint over it. I look forward to seeing what you do with yours.

  3. What a gorgeous piece Anita! My daughter has an antique dresser in her room that was in my mom's room when SHE was a little girl and even though I know others would paint it white, I just can't bring myself to do it. We must be kindred spirits! I can't wait to see how this and the rest of the room turn out! :-)

  4. Anita, I have marble topped dressers from my beloved grandmother too! They are all special and not seen often now. You work so hard and tackle tough projects. Can't wait to see your results! prayers, Emelia.