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Updating a Vintage Washstand for Modern-Day Use

This washstand was so wobbly that I was afraid one sneeze would blow it over! I wasn't going to buy it, but there was another interested shopper trying to nudge me out of the way, so I immediately snatched it up. There's nothing like a little competition to get me to throw down my money, ha ha.

(I also bought the bench and you can see that project HERE.)


First thing was to give it a good cleaning.


Then I had to figure out how to stabilize the wobbliness. I pulled and tugged on each of the connection joints at the top of the table as well as where the legs connect to the bottom shelf.


As you can see I was able to easily pull the connections out of place. Luckily there weren't any nails holding the legs in place, so it was easy for me to access without damaging the structure. I've had a few chairs before that were reinforced with nails. Let's just say they ended up making good fire wood.


I squirted wood glue into the separated area.


Then I put the spindled leg back i…

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