So, I had the brilliant idea, in addition to preparing the house for Christmas, running the shop and website, creating new kits and little projects, to dive into a bathroom redo too! Am I crazy? I think so. Actually I was not very involved in this one other than picking things out. A couple of years ago I was poking through a friends barns (where I go to get things) and I saw this sink. I fell in love and wow, what a steal....only $75. It was in bad shape....not quite as bad as what you see below, you see it spent a couple years in our barn and had a couple things dropped on it resulting in some pretty severe chips. I had bought the sink with the intent of using it in the kitchen but then decided that that's what everyone does, I wanted to use it in the bathroom. Hey, a lot of people have double sink vanities in their bathrooms, why can't I have a large farmhouse sink? Who says I can't right?
So, the next step was painting it. I had some textured wallpaper hung in the bathroom and had it and the beadboard painted a nice muted color so I knew I wanted a bit of a POP for the vanity but also wanted to to have a vintage look. So, I headed on up to Gunn's Corners to get some more of that awesome Country Living paint. While there, Betty Ann, the owner introduced me to Jamie, who paints several of her pieces and when Jamie offered to paint my vanilty, knowing I am short on time this time of year I jumped. So, Jamie come over on Monday and started "gooping" the paint on. I say "gooping" because that is exactly what you do, you just goop it on. It's a very thick, peanut buttery like paint. You choose a base coat and goop it on, then let it dry, then brush on "chipping cream", which allows you to sand the top coat of paint and allows the base coat to peek through without going all the way down to the wood.
After the top coat had dried came the sanding part. Jamie and I hauled this very heavy piece outside and she sanded the heck out of it. You will see that she did sand down to the wood on the edges to achieve a nice, worn look. After sanding she applied a coat of brown toner which really brought down the red and turned it more into a barn red instead of a fire engine red. The toner was applied rather thick and then wiped off lightly. After that dried a satin top coat was applied. As it is going to be used as a vanity Jamie applied three coats of the top sealer coat to the counter part.
I highly recommend this country living paint. In fact, I find myself walking around my house saying "hmmm" to a lot of my furniture pieces.
So, just like with the bedroom, you will have to come back on December 4th to see the finished pictures.
Until next time.......