Emily / Relentless Furniture
Emily / Relentless Furniture
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  • South Milwaukee, WI

Repurposed Antique Dry Sink

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3 Hours

We found this old dry sink/changing table at a thrift store for $15 and I immediately saw potential for a new shabby chic piece of furniture. With a little paint and new hardware, I was ready to transform this old dry sink.

repurposed antique dry sink

It was a beautiful dark wood but it was also covered in scratches.

repurposed antique dry sink

The first step was sanding it all down. Once it was smooth and cleaned up, I used painter's tape and plastic to cover the top.

repurposed antique dry sink

I wanted the base color to be gray, but I didn't want a thick, solid coat. In order to achieve the look I was going for, I added a little water to the paint and went with a gray wash look.

repurposed antique dry sink

Once the gray was dry, I moved on to dry brushing with some leftover Behr Paint(Polar Bear White). I dipped the paint brush in the paint, but then I dabbed the brush on a paper towel to leave just a minimal amount of paint on the brush. This technique is great for getting an uneven, textured paint job which gives your furniture a nice weathered/antique look.

repurposed antique dry sink

Once the painting was done, I added new handles and this piece was complete!

repurposed antique dry sink

The base of this dry sink was in really good condition which made it easy to simply sand away some of the scratches and give a shabby chic paint job to create a gorgeous piece of furniture.

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  • Jeri Walker
    on Feb 24, 2019

    why did you not paint the top? you taped it off with plastic?

    • Susan
      on Apr 14, 2019

      I have one just like that! It has a black slate top.

  • Dl.5660408
    on Feb 24, 2019

    It’s really beautiful and the new handles are lovely. What will you be using it for?

  • Kelly-n-Tony
    on Feb 24, 2019

    I think it's actually a baby changing table? I had one that looked just like that.

    • Sheri Farley
      on Mar 11, 2019

      I have two and they are dry sinks and I think there from the 1940s? I’m turning one into a cabinet for my bathroom going to sit a vessel sink on the top of it and the other one I’m going to do the same way but it’s going in my she shed and I bought a really cool faucet for them both here are some pictures of one of the dry sinks and the faucet

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  • Lp
    on Apr 12, 2019

    It is a dry sink. The one she repurposed is a 1960s Ethan Allan dry sink. I believe it was part of the tavern collection.

  • Susan
    on Apr 14, 2019

    Wow, I have that exact same dry sink! When my kids were babies we used it as a changing table. Now I want to redo mine! Beautiful job!

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