Thursday, January 20, 2011

~How Dry is Your Sink?~

I wanted to share with you a couple of pictures of my dry sink. It has been in a closet for a while so I decided to bring it out and try to find a place for it. I have struggled with finding the right thing for the corner of our basement family room, so I decided to try it there. What do you think?

I am still not sure. I filled a firkin with some ornamental grass I cut from the yard. Then a placed a sampler and an old green fan on either side. I hung a quilt my great grandma made out of my great grandpa's ties on the back.

I am thinking about painting the dry sink black because the current finish is not too good. Plus, I love black. I would love to hear your opinions.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you will come back as often as you can. Never forget, "Patience is the art of hoping."

All My Best,


Jeanne said...

I love black I would paint it. The green fan is so cute.

Judy said...

It looks like a wash stand to me with a towel bar on the back. I like how you have it decorated but I am not sure about the ornamental grass. I love black but I am not sure I could paint it. Has it been in your family or did you pick it up at an antique store? That would help me decide. How much you paid for it would be a factor, too. I say do what would make you happy. If the basement could use a pop of black, i say go for it! Thanks for sharing with us.~Judy~

Rugs and Pugs said...

Dan ~
I concur with Judy. It is a wash stand, not a dry sink. I personally would not paint it. I would try to "renew" the finish. Perhaps give it a good cleaning with mineral spirits or some other type of cleaner such as cotton cleanser (I think that is what it is called) and give it a coat of paste wax.
Pug hugs to the P's :)

Anonymous said...

I have one similar to that, and I painted mine black. I love it!!!
I think I'd move the firkin to one side and place the fan and stitchery together, you can't see much of the quilt. Just an idea. Bev

SANDI said...

I think I would paint it Black...I also love Black...and have been going around my house painting things Black...LOL. Love the arrangement...Thanks for sharing

My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

Hi Dan... love the Dry Sink....It would look awesome in Black and heavily distressed showing the old wood and a good Old english oiling when you are done. Would really compliment that corner with the wall color..
I'm not at all crazy about the grass it hides the Quilt and just doesn't seem to go with th fan and Sampler otherwise looks great.. I can see it in Black..


Sunny simple life said...

I love it especially the firkin with all the natural drieds in it. I love my dry sink and have blogged about it several times. It's my favorite piece of furniture.

Woolly Lott Rugs said...

Dan. Yes it is called a wash stand. Years ago they would have a large bowl and pitcher on top of the stand and a beautiful towel would hang on the harp. That is what they call the area where the bar is. I don't know how old your piece is but it's pretty hard to find those pieces with the "original harp". Most are just ones that have had a new one installed. They were quite fragile. I would have to think very hard about painting it black. It's probably oak. Maybe you could just clean up the finish. Of course I tend to love the old and love the patina it acquires. Looks like a nice piece. Cyndi

bettyj said...

Dan, you have a nice oak wash stand. It is hard to find them with the towel bar still intact. I wood feed the wood, put a bowl and pitcher on it and hang a homespun towel over the towel bar. I would NOT paint it. Put something in the pitcher for color if you need. Hey you asked!lol
betty, through my back door

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

It is very nice, Dan :)

Penny said...

Here is another country heard from..... for what it is worth!
I would leave the piece as is -- love the wood! I would find a nice old bowl and pitcher to put on the top and a primitive towel to hang -- as some of the other bloggers have suggested. It is a lovely piece -- thanks for sharing it!
(by the way, the "country" I'm from is NJ!!) Enjoy the weekend.

Linda said...

Hey Dan........I also agree that it is definitely an early 20th century oak wash stand.
Play up the towel bar and place a pitcher and bowl set to one side of the top and maybe an old comb and mirror or some other items. If you tire of it in the basement it would be right at home in one of the bedrooms or even a bathroom if you had room for it.
I love black too but not on this item.

Dan said...

Wow! You guys are so smart. It is a washstand! I never knew the back was called the harp. I do not believe the towel bar is original. It kind of looks like tiger oak to me. I appreciate your thoughts. Keep them coming.


Holli~Where The Rooster Crows said...

I say Black! But then...I love black too :)

Proper Prim said...

Dan, have you tried Briwax (they have different finishes) or Howard's Restore (also several selections of stain colour), it would bring the wood back to life and I don't think you would want to paint it after using it. The Restore will bring out the wonderful story of its history... highlights all the nicks and dings.

I just did a piece with Briwax and have it posted on my blog a few posts down... it wouldn't take away from the value of your piece... I am all for painting pine pieces black but I have such a hard time painting older wood pieces.

I am sure whatever you decide it will look fabulous. You have to do what you will love.

The house looks absolutely terrific, great job Dan and Jeff. Sorry I don't always get the chance to comment, but I do love visiting your blog.

Hugs, Deb

adsgram said...

I bought one just like that years ago at an auction. I lemon oiled the life back into it and it's in my bathroom just as some of the other posters have suggested...white ironstone bowl and pitcher with a couple of vanity items that were already inside it. I couldn't paint it if it were mine, but it's each man or woman to his/herself!

Sharon said...

I love the wash stand and I would not paint it at all I love the wood look.
I agree that a wash bowl and pitcher would look great on it.
I hope you keep us informed as to what you do.
Have a nice weekend.

Janice said...

I think it would look very nice painted black. I love that you are using the grass inside the firkin. What a simple solution to warm things up. I might need to go and cut some myself. Have a wonderful weekend!!!! Janice

Paula-Pieces from the Past said...

I like it the way it is-love the old wooden finish even though I have a preference for black too. It would look great with an old wash basin, pitcher and an old homespun towel.


Lynn said...

Dan, your washstand is beautiful! I love your grandmother's quilt too that she made out of your grampa's ties! Sooo pretty and very creative! Gosh, I like the oak, but there again, I think that it'd look real nice painted black too.. I think if it were mine, I'd... paint it black.

I agree with the others that a wash bowl and pitcher would look great sitting there ontop of your wash stand.. They have such beautiful one's out there to choose from. I really love mine! I'll have to share a picture of it on my blog one of these days soon for you to see..

Have a great weekend Dan!


Angie Berry said...

Well, this is comment divided, huh? I love to paint pieces black but not when it is nice antique pieces like yours. I would just polish it up and let the old wood have a nice patina to it. I love how you have it decorated and what a treasure you have in your quilt made out of your great grandpa's ties.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

I have never been brave enough to paint my pieces but I have often thought of doing so.
This piece would be pretty black and if that is what you want to do then I think you should.
My son is the same way with black and I love visiting his home.
Sorry I never got around this week to doing a post about your word of the week. Looking forward to the next word

Chris Fenwick said...

Yep Dan it's a wash stand and would look awesome with an old metal jug and basin sitting on it with an old soap dish and a cake of primitive soap sitting in it. I like Black but I think bring it back to its former glory (wonder who owned it ?) I would love to see more of your Nan's tie quilt, how lovely. Cant wait to see what you do with it Dan :o)

Anonymous said...

Well Dan, everyone here has said it all. I am those who would paint it black. I love black and I have a dry sink that was my grandmother's and I plan on painting it black this summer. If it's the look you are going for, and not concerned about the value of the piece, then I say paint it. I agree too that I would move the firkin. Love it, but I think it takes away from the quilt and the grass also hides the firkin. Either way, it is yours, and your home, so what you deceide is best! Love your home! Jax (from the CS forum)

Sandi said...

I love black, but I'd be reluctant to paint your dry sink, maybe redo the natural finish.

I'm not keen at all on the grasses, maybe put them on the floor or into something else and put some sewing related items into the firkin to tie everything together.

Right now it looks too symetrical, I think if you rebalanced it with asymetry it would look nicer.

But you are the one who is lving with it, not me!