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I told you I was going to reveal these on Thursday, but I ended up reminiscing about my 41 years on this earth!  I loved reading your comments on that post and you brought back some memories of things I forgot from my childhood.  Thank you also for all of the birthday wishes.  My DMs on Instagram blew up with all of the messages and it gave me the warm and fuzzies.

I’m sure no one was holding their breath for the reveal of these, but sorry to make you wait all the same!

And here is how they turned out…

They were painted in MMS Milk Paint in a custom mix.  You can find that recipe HERE.

I decided to replace the ring pulls, which were most likely not original to the pieces, with glass knobs.  They seemed to work better with the soft blue paint color and the farm-housey-shape and style of the washstands.  I also removed the “backsplashes”, because they felt a little…I don’t know, maybe bulky or unnecessary.   They just looked cleaner without them.

I didn’t replace the cabinet knob, because it is actually a latch!  It turns and there is a latch on the inside that catches to hold the door closed.

The washstand on the left ended up with some beautiful, subtle crazing…

There was a little bit of cracking and chipping in a couple of places on the washstand on the right, but I didn’t distress it and sealed it with Tough Coat to prevent further chipping or cracking.

They turned out so sweet that I was walking around my house to see if I could fit them anywhere!

I didn’t have a perfect spot for them, though, so I was planning to take them to Junk Bonanza.  They ended up being spoken for by a friend, though, so that’s one less thing that I have to haul up to Shakopee.

I still am gathering some things to bring to sell, though, and I’ll share what I’m bringing tomorrow…


  1. Lisa Phipps

    Your fried is very lucky, they are adorable. I would love to have them. The color is coming across so soft. Happy belated Birthday!

  2. Lisa Phipps

    Oops… I meant friend. 🙂

  3. Deb

    How did you remove backsplashes? I have them on my nightstands and they drive me nuts!

    • Marian Parsons

      They were attached from the top and back with screws that I was able to remove.

  4. Kate

    I’m so glad you didn’t go crazy with distressing or chipping. ; )

  5. Jenn Baker

    These are such cutie pies! And I really like the addition of the glass knobs 🙂 Beautiful re-do’s Marian!

  6. Mary

    They turned out beautifully!

  7. Pat Mays

    Would be very sweet in a nursery. Or well anywhere!

  8. mary m

    Right time right place. We are in the process of buying a townhouse/condo
    in Fla. The young couple who remodeled the 1980’s condo turned it into
    something from HGTV. On a narrow wall in the kitchen they have a “Tiffany”
    blue wash stand. Thought to myself I can do that with my little wash stand
    (or commode) and paint it. It originally came from Block Is., RI painted white.
    $5 at the time.
    I painted it a deep blue and then removed the paint and it has been natural
    for years. Time to repaint! It is such a practical little piece of furniture and
    I hated to give it away…………… so a solution. Thank you.

  9. joan

    Hey Marian!, they’re GORGEOUS!
    and I LOVE the blue mix, did you have to sand these first? sorry if I missed the ‘how you got there’ part of these! ..
    but was just wondering, how crucial sanding can be, OR, could I get this look without sanding first…?
    some stuff I have/worn off varnish, I know varnish slippery glossy-like stuff will chip,
    so to get the crazing/ did you sand, I guess that is my question…
    is that a loaded

  10. joan

    OK ! oops, sorry!
    I went back searching/didn’t have to go too far/just saw your post from April 3rd!)
    (remember seeing it and saving it for later!!!! LOL! OH MY GOODNESS.)…
    so will read up on the “mixing a custom color & fixing too much chipping” to see how you did this! Thanks!

    • joan

      and that was great!!!! !…answered all my questions! Thank You Marian!

  11. Elizabeth

    Beautiful! I love this color.


    Oh! My! These two washstands are so cute — such a nice color! Also, Marian, a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May you be blessed with a wonderful year!

  13. Staci

    I LOVE the paintings you are doing on the index cards. When you finish your challenge will you show us all of them?

    • Marian Parsons


  14. Cheri

    You know I love these!!

    • Marian Parsons

      Well, I would hope so! 🙂

  15. Karen

    So nice to see a paint project on furniture! I miss seeing all the goodies you used to get her for your sales!

    • Marian Parsons

      Yep, that was a fun season in my business.

  16. Deb H.

    Absolutely ADORABLE! Lucky friend you have!

  17. Cheryl

    Soo pretty! Happy belated birthday!

  18. Shelia P.

    Hi Marian! That paint mixture happened to make my favorite color blue! I just love how they turned out! Now I have a recipe for that color. Awesome! Have a great day! ?

    • Marian Parsons

      Thank you!

  19. Hannah

    Beautiful work as always, Marian!

  20. Sue Anderson

    Lovely! Where did you get the glass doorknobs? I’ve been looking!

  21. Cynthia Johnson

    They bring such a sense of calm~ gorgeous, like the sea.

  22. Parc Clematis

    Always a big fan of old-fashioned decoration. This is one of its kind. Great post!! – Thanks


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I’m Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed, a wife, mother, paint enthusiast, lover of all things home and an entrepreneur, author, artist, designer, freelance writer & photographer.  READ MORE to learn more about me, my blog and my business…

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