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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Rachel's Darling Dry Sink

My sister Rachel recently bought an old dry sink for $10 at a tag sale. In case you are not familiar, a dry sink is a piece of furniture used used in most homes before indoor plumbing. They could be found in the kitchen or washroom, or any area where people would wash or shave. While considered to be more of a decorative accessory today, it is still possible to purchase a dry sink that is fully functional.

Here is the before:

Here is the after!

"Man, this was exhausting and I made a lot of mistakes!" Rachel told me via e-mail.

These were here take-aways:

1) I am now an educated consumer and can fully appreciate the beauty of paying retail price for a finished product and letting professionals like you do all the work.

2) If there is ever a next time, I'll have to use foam brushes only and wear a hair net. I painted so many damn hairs into that thing, it looks alive when you stand too close to it.

3) My favorite part is actually the hardware, which was original to the piece (called a "dry sink"). My only involvement there was a vinegar-and-water toothbrush scrub down, and they came out looking SOOOO shiny.

4) Those are the yellow candlesticks I got free from Aunt Becky. Love them!

I love that she used the original hardware, and I really love the way she accessorized! It will look wonderful in her bed and breakfast.

What do you think about this fabulous fix-up?


  1. Looks amazing! I have wanted one of these for a long time and am always on the look out for one in decent shape, and a good price, although I seriously doubt I'll be able to find one for $10 - what a steal!

  2. Looks great! What a transformation! I'd love for you to share this at my blog party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. It's every Tuesday through Sunday. This would be a great addition! Hope you can stop by!

  3. It is indeed fabulous,tell her I like it a lot!

  4. Oh, she looks perfect! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Bear Rabbit Bear. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-11.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  5. looks great, love the color. thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Sorry I'm so late in sending my thanks xo

  6. This looks lovely! What an amazing find! And, at such a fantastic price! Love the new color. I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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