Sunday, March 6, 2011

Dry Sink

Hello There Fellow Bloggers!

Hope you are all enjoying the nice weather and are ready to welcome Spring.... What? It's still cold where you live? Then you must not live in Arizona, where we are having temperatures in the 80's these days.

Remember a while back I asked who knew what this was?
I am so lucky to have followers who are so clever, because quite a few of you responded and told me it is a Dry Sink. I found it at Goodwill, and it is definitely not a real antique, more like a very recent fake one from a furniture chain store, but it looked cool never the less.
I loved all the metal details and the glass doors looked like it could be made to look like old metal tiles.
When I googled "dry sink", I saw a lot of very cool, really old ones, or reproductions that were made to look really old. I loved the look, and decided to try and imitate that.
I really want  to try and  save money, and  not use spray cans so much anymore.
 I still primed with Kilz spray primer, though, because I wanted the primer to be smooth and quick drying, and I still had some cans in the garage.
I also removed the left bar that looked like a wine rack, because I could not for the life of me make any sense of it.

I found some paint base on sale at Walmart, and had it tinted in this delicious red. This time I painted it with a small roller and a brush, because I wanted the look of painted brush strokes, like it was painted ages ago. Ok, ok,  I admit, and  I am nervous to use my new paint sprayer!
 One thing about this project;  from the before, to every step in between, I liked it enough to just keep it that way, too.
Don't you just love this red?

But, the plan was for it to look old and that meant some heavy distressing....
Loved this look, too.

I used mahogany wood stain to antique it with. Painted it on with a brush, especially in the corners, and on the places where the bare wood was showing as a result of the sanding. Then wiped it off with an old t-shirt. (which I got in trouble for, because Princess saw it and insisted she still used it to sleep in....O well)   

  OOO! I almost forgot to tell you about the hardware...I wanted to do something different than my usual "sprayed with Oil Rubbed Bronze" look, plus it had to look really old to go with the look of the rest of the piece. So, I used the Metal Effects from Modern Masters that I told you about here . 
And no, they still have
not offered me commission for the free advertising. But I forgive them, because I like their product so much.
And I am just a nice person like that...  ;-)

                                     This time I got the bronze base, and the green patina developer.
I love it!!!

I did the same treatment on the glass panels of the doors, so it would look like metal. This picture makes it look like the glass panels could use a little more patina..I will see what I can do about that.               

And here it is in all its cuteness..

Have another look....

What do you think?
This piece will be for sale together with a lot of other cool stuff from me and other bloggers at a Barn Sale, in Scottsdale,  March 31, and April 1st and 2nd.

If you live near or in Phoenix, we hope to see you there!

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  1. Suzanne! What a great old/new piece. I LOVE it! That thing is gonna walk out the door as soon as you get there. What a fun and funky finish! GREAT JOB!!! xxoo Diana

  2. What a n amazing transformation! You did a fabulous job on this, I love how you made it really look aged. Absolutely gorgeous! I wish I lived close to Phoenix so I could come to that sale!

  3. I think you did an amazing job. I don't know antiques but it looks like it could pass for a valuable piece with that kind of ethnic style and distressed treatment. Such intriguing color choices. Very cool.
    Would be flattered it you would consider sharing it on Motivated Monday at BeColorful too.

  4. Really awesome piece of furniture! Love the colors you chose!

  5. Wow! What a transformation! Nice work on this furniture rescue! You did a beautiful job!
    Visiting from Met Monday!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    One Girl in Pink

  6. I love it! You did a great job. It doesn't even look like the same piece.

  7. This is absolutely brilliant! You are so talented. Just to think you took this strange (!) looking piece of furniture and turned it into a work of art! Wonderful!

  8. Holy cats! This is phenomenal! Absolutely SO cool!

  9. That looks beautiful! Love the red! Thanks for joining me at Anything Related!

  10. what an amazing paint job!


  11. You know I love this wonderfully unique piece. Thank you for sharing it on Motivated Monday at BeColorful.

  12. Suzanne, this piece looks amazing with the antique finish you gave it! I love the distressed red with the green metal patina. I am going to have to try that stuff!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a nice comment about my wall cabinet :)

    Have a great day!


  13. I really like the colors you chose! Very pretty!

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  14. Greetings from Southern California

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    God bless you :-)


  15. You did an amazing job with this transformation! I found your blog at Between Naps on the Front Porch. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back:
    Again, you did a fantastic job with this!! :-)

  16. You did a great job on the makeover, I love the red! And I sooo wish it was sunny and 80 in WA, I am so jealous!

  17. That is absolutely AMAZING!! I can't believe the transformation ~ it is completely beautiful, and I'm seriously impressed! Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. this is GORGEOUS! i adore it and i'm wishing i lived near scottsdale :)

  19. You really are very talented. You should take me with you more often, maybe I am good luck?? hint hint. Look at all of your followers! I think you found your niche.

  20. I'm behind in my blog reading, just saw this now... you did a great job! Some pieces look good white, but this one was definitely improved by your colour choices. Best of luck with the upcoming sale!


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