Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Little Bit Country...

... but not at all rock-n-roll! I found this House of Miniatures drysink kit already assembled for $2 at a odds and ends store and decided that since dry sink= country, I would go all out with a aged painted finish like you see in Pennsylvania dutch furniture. It had to be painted because...
... whoever assembled the kit previously intended to stain it and mixed stain with the glue to make sure there would be no glue spots showing when they stained it after assembly. Ingenious! Not the color stain I wanted though, so I got to play with paint. Can you see the dark brown spots at the joints?
Below you can see the silvery grey aging that I added by painting on a mixture of black India ink and rubbing alcohol. It works miracles! After that dried, I painted, sanded, applied stain over the paint and sanded some more.
From blotchy natural wood to weathered and worn, just the way I like it. Now if only I could figure out how to make hardware...


  1. oh, I Love the Dry sink..what a great job you have done. You may try clay for your hardware. -Kim :)

  2. Great weathered effect. I must google dry sinks, we have never had them in Oz to my knowledge.

  3. Hi Daisy, did the sink come as per the one in the 1st pic? It is a great find.

  4. Hi all and many thanks!

    Sans, the first pic is the final product. It came as a mostly assembled kit in unfinished wood (like you see in the last pic). I wish I could find more of these kits!

  5. What a fantastic makeover!
    Love it!

  6. Te ha quedado precioso, gracias por compartir el paso a paso para poder intentar ese acabado tan impresionante.
    Excelente compra.
    Besitos, May

  7. Wow, what a result!
    You did a really exceptional work :-)
    Mini hugs, Flora

  8. This little dry sink is adorable and I love the finish on it. Thanks for the tip on India ink and alcohol.



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