Upcycled Washstand


I had always wanted a twin sink unit in the bathroom but there was nothing out there that I fancied, one option would have been to have a good quality bespoke unit made, but not really in my Budget..So I had to get a little Inventive.

Here is what the unit looked like when I puchased it for the amazing price of £53.00 you gotta love Ebay!


I fell in love with this unit as soon as I saw it, I had already imagined it with pretty polkadot heart handles, square sinks, shiny taps and pretty flowers. Im so glad I won it because Im certain if I hadnt, then the bathroom makeover would have taken much longer, because I would have trawled the internet and second hand shops looking for it all over again. Yes, I get a little romantic about certain pieces in my home and this unit is one of them, I had daydreamed about my bathroom looking a certain way for so long that when the time came, if I had to compromise on Budget then I certainly wasnt going to compromise on style.

I danced a little when my Hubby brought it home…yes I danced and I may of even let out a little woohoo too!

So I got to work, First off I sanded all over and cleaned with white spirit, I applied 2 coats of Wickes waterbased undercoat :NB I always use waterbased paints because they dry super quick, give good coverage and to be perfectly honest with 4 kids the temptation to put their little fingerprints on newly painted furniture is too much, so speedy drying time is a must!

Next up my Paint colour of choice, I went with Farrow and Ball Wimbourne White,Estate Eggshell again its quick drying and a really tough paint, my kids have really put it to the test, its has passed with flying colours, no chips or cracks  I applied 2 coats.

Finally I applied 2 coats of clear wax to just add a little more protection from water spills.

The handles, aint they pretty, Polkadot Cerise Pink handpainted hearts, they had me at Polkadot! they were the perfect finishing touch to our new Washstand.

We decided on square sinks, they’re very compact and suit the style of the washstand very well, fitting and plumbing of the sinks was strictly my husbands department, I tell you I got a little anxious when it came to drilling the holes on the top of the unit for the waste, so much so I walked out of the room till it was done. But in the end it all worked out, the boy done good!

washstand longshot

And here it is all finished I couldn’t be happier with how it looks now, its very Kelly as my mum would say.

If you’d like to see more of the bathroom, check out Bathroom Before and After



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