I had a lot of fun the other day using a new product to me, DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash! The color I used was gray and I decided to try it out on the old dry sink that I had picked up a few months ago. It had been sitting in my garage and was the perfect finish for a wash – old wood without a shiny topcoat. This old, unfinished wood just soaks up a wash and allows its grain to show through.
I first poured the wash into an old plastic container. Taking an old cloth and working one section at a time, I rubbed it onto the piece.
This is what the finish looked like after only using the rag to apply. I definitely wanted a deeper color.Taking my brush, I stippled the wash over the wiped on sections. I repeated the process with my brush a few times until I was happy with the depth of the wash. It dries pretty fast so you need to work quickly. When I was done, I stepped back and added a bit here and there as I saw fit. Honestly, I just had fun with it and played around! I then took 120 grit sandpaper and went over the entire piece. This allowed more of the original finish to pop through and gave it a super smooth finish.
On a side note, one side of the dry sink is missing its clasp but it really doesn’t matter. The door stays shut without it and I just love the original hardware and didn’t want to change it. I also just cleaned out the inside and left it “as-is”. The dry sink is super old and is perfectly imperfect!
What a fun project! This is the second dry sink that I have worked on. The other Dry Sink is posted HERE – Farmhouse Dry Sink in Black, Before and After – and was finished in a sharp black finish for a totally different look.
Amazing how what paint/finish you choose can really transform a piece!
Click HERE for a post I wrote ages ago about How to Apply a Wash of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White – enjoy!
Thank you, Pam!
I just wanted you to know I thoroughly enjoyed the Hometalk video that you did last week. Sometimes when painting a piece I tend to question if I am doing it correctly. It always turns out but I wonder
about my technique. I love using a short
handle brush and was happy to see you using one. The little table or nightstand just turned out beautiful and will last a life time due to it’s manufacturer.
Great pick, great color and great informative job.
Thank you so much, Deb! Those short handled brushes are great!
i love the effects you get, but may I ask…. do you always paint the hardware? Some of the old pieces have amazing metalwork in the hinges and pulls. The first thing i do is pull them off and clean them up.
I had mentioned in the post that one piece was missing. If I hadn’t painted the hardware, it would have been highly noticeable (not in a good way!) and yes, sometimes I lightly brush over the hardware and sometimes not, depending on the effect I’m going for. Thanks!
Did you put a protective coat of anything on it, like wax or poly? Or does this type of paint, not require that?
Hi Amy, it doesn’t need a sealer. I assume if you are going to use it on a tabletop, you would apply a sealer but for this piece it just didn’t need it 🙂
Very rustic and very pretty 🙂 Nice job Suzanne!
Thanks, Annie! It does look very “farmhouse” and rustic now! Love this product!
So pretty Suzanne! Just love the color. You know, if you had a 3D printer you could recreate the original lock! It might come out in a heavy plastic but once you painted it it would look EXACTLY like the original! Something to think about.
Hi Linda! Great idea but I have no idea where to access a 3D printer. I think it’s fine for now 🙂 but I will ask my techie husband!
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I love it! It has a really authentically old look about it! Nice job!
Thanks so much!
Furniture whisperer! Perfection again…
Interesting how the panels show up so much more when finished. The color is terrific. I really love this piece and it would be such a useful addition to a kitchen or dining room
That looks so lovely! What a great product! Just a question, what is a dry sink? Were they used with a bowl inserted where a normal sink would be plumbed? And were they used in any particular era, or area? I keep hearing about them, but they aren’t something we see in Australia.
Thanks so much.
Hi Elisabeth, Honestly, I am not sure but they are very old and were used in homes before indoor plumbing. I assume they were used to wash items in and store underneath 🙂
Beautiful! Don’t know where you shop to find all your gorgeous pieces, can you pleeeeeeeaseeeeeee take me with you????
Hi Ivory! I wish I could – we would have a blast!
Oooooh! Love it!