Painted Washstand with Red Milk Paint

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I think old washstands are my absolute favorite pieces to paint. 

Not only are they small (and so make for a quick project), they’re just so versatile! You can use them in so many different rooms and for so many different purposes.

Here’s one I found not long ago. It’s a bit different than the usual oak washstands I find, but it had great character nonetheless!

My usual choice for solid-wood washstands is milk paint.  It works with the wood grain and primitive character of the pieces, and because each coat dries so quickly, it usually makes for a very quick project!

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I decided to give this piece a bold pop of color, so I chose MMS Tricycle Red Milk Paint.

Here’s another piece I painted in Tricycle!

Red milk paint tends to take several coats, this washstand took three to get the coverage I wanted. After the last coat was dry, I added a topcoat of Hemp Oil first and Antiquing Wax second to seal the finish and bring out the warmness of the red.


After Photos!

Such a great pop of color!

I kept the same hardware that came on the piece–I think the black knobs contrast perfectly with the red.  And just look at that amazing texture you get so easily with milk paint!

If you’re interested in more washstand makeovers, here’s a bunch you can check out!

Eulalie’s Sky Oak Washstand

Buttermilk Cream Oak Washstand

Mustard Seed Yellow Washstand

Bergere Washstand

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Tuesday 13th of June 2023

So pretty!! Love the color you chose as I am quite partial to anything red!!! Thanks so much for sharing!! Hugs, Deb

Melanie Alexander

Friday 16th of June 2023

I love a little pop of red, glad you enjoyed it too :)

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