Taking the house my mom grew up in, the farm my grandparents shared for over fifty years and making it a home for us to grow old in.

An old washstand gets new life and purpose!

After being gifted the incredible bedroom set that my grandma left behind I was in a dilemma for end tables to match. The two gorgeous dressers I had already painted black and added glass knobs to but the more I looked for end tables for the bedroom the more I came up at a loss. (See one of the dressers here: Before and After: My Grandma’s dresser goes Hollywood glam with black paint! and see the other one here Before and After: The last piece of our Hollywood bedroom set!) My eyes settled on this old washstand piece for two reasons. One: it was about the right size (albeit a bit big for an end table) and Two: It shared similar curves to the dressers though it was a different piece entirely.

UPDATE: Go check out our Master Bedrooms Reveal to see this washstand in action!

Painting and giving an a fresh coat of black paint to an old washstand to match my entire bedroom set! Hollywood glam, black paint and glass knobs @GrandmasHousDIY

It was also in far worse shape then the dressers and I had no idea it had once been an washstand until my aunt pointed it out to us one day. Once I started getting a look at this old piece I realized it was going to be a helluva lot more work then the dressers ever were. They had not been touched and only required a light scuffing and a few coats of paint and poly. This old washstand, however, was sporting a good four coats of paint and a door that had been added much later. I got out my paint stripper and dove in to one of the longest and most difficult furniture stripping jobs of my life.

Painting and giving an a fresh coat of black paint to an old washstand to match my entire bedroom set! Hollywood glam, black paint and glass knobs @GrandmasHousDIY

This old piece sat in my grandma’s entryway for as long as I can remember. I always liked it but I remained a bit concerned about how it would work out as a bedside table. I’ve always had a king size bed (spoiled girl – I know) so I crossed my fingers that the size of the bed would work with the size of this washstand.

Painting and giving an a fresh coat of black paint to an old washstand to match my entire bedroom set! Hollywood glam, black paint and glass knobs @GrandmasHousDIY

So far, I’m ecstatic with how this old wash stand turned out. Even sitting side by side with one of the dressers they look like they belong together even though this piece is clearly different in its own way, which I love. (Matchy, matchy, doesn’t really work around here.) Despite all the work this piece I will say, without a doubt, that it was worth it! I love love love how much storage I have!

Painting and giving an a fresh coat of black paint to an old washstand to match my entire bedroom set! Hollywood glam, black paint and glass knobs @GrandmasHousDIY

I still have one rather big concern: This washstand has always been a bit tall for a bedside table and its only going to get worse. We have two large windows above our bed then our two foot tall headboard and then our bed which now covers up half of the headboard because we had to drop the headboard so low to get beneath the windows. The plan had always been one day to build us a new bed base and I always wanted it a bit lower then the standard bed height. I hope, that when we do build our new base and our bed drops another few inches down, to get under our headboard, that it will not make this washstand look weirdly tall. We shall see but, the truth of the matter is, I have no plans on ever replacing it because, quite frankly, I really love this old washstand 🙂

Painting and giving an a fresh coat of black paint to an old washstand to match my entire bedroom set! Hollywood glam, black paint and glass knobs @GrandmasHousDIYAn old antique washstand gets stripped, sanded and refinished with black paint and new knobs for a diy do it yourself hollywood glam new look

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14 Comments

  1. Alice
    November 10, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    when and if you lower your bed…the washstand could lose a few inches via the legs. Think?

    • November 10, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Very true! And it would be nice to get those old castors off of the feet anyway, I’ve been wincing for my hardwood floors.

  2. Sherri
    November 10, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I love your blog, I am from Park Rapids and I can relate to your love of farmhouses. Keep up the good work!!

    • November 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      Sherri, its wonderful to hear from you! Thanks!

  3. April 6, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Your washstand turned out beautifully, Tarah and it looks perfect as a nightstand. If it ends up not working there at some point, I’m sure you’ll find another great spot for it. Nice work! Thanks for sharing it with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

  4. May 2, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    This is such a lovely piece. I just love the color and the knobs. Your pieces all have so much character….I always love seeing each and every one. Thanks so much for linking to Friday’s Furniture Fix. We love having you share with us. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    • May 3, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you so much Susie, always appreciate you coming by!

  5. May 4, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Just take the caster off and save them – just in case.

  6. July 11, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    This piece looks amazing! I can not believe what you create. It is so inspiring.I love how you bring new life to old items.

  7. March 8, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I love it!! Your bedside table is beautiful!!!

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