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Upgrading of a small wash stand using colour gradient (blending)

When I changed my vehicle and went from a sports car to an SUV, I thought to myself that finally I could go and get all the furniture I wanted. My mother had refinished a small wash stand and it had been majestically brightening up her bathroom for several years, and it made me want it. So when I saw this beauty in terrible shape, I couldn’t resist: I had to get it!

ISteps to follow!!!


  • Clean the furniture with Colorantic Cleaner and Varnish Remover then rinse with a clean cloth.
  • Remove the drawer, doors and hardware.
  • Strip the furniture with Circa 1850 stripper (outdoors or in a well ventilated room).
  • Sand with 80 grit paper, then 120 grit, and finally with 220, wipe off dust and residue with a damp cloth.
  • I first gave a base coat of the colour Sage everywhere (except the top which will remain natural wood.
  • For the colours, I did some “trial and error” before finally finding the right shades for my “blending”. Dark: mix of Emerald and Nature (the front of the cabinet)
  • Medium: blend of Nature and Sage
  • Pale: mixture of Sage and Ocean (the outline of the doors) For the top of the cabinet
  • I wanted to keep the wood natural, but the colour was too light, so I stained the wood with Varathane stain-varnish in a Gold Pecan colour. Apply a thin layer with a brush, or as I prefer, with a  sponge, until the desired shade is reached.
  • We finish with Colorantic Natural Beewax
  • BLENDING: When I watched blending videos on the internet, it looked so easy. Think again! It takes a lot of patience and practice, but the result takes your projects to a whole new dimension. We must first give a uniform base coat, in this case SAGE. We have to work in sections, because the paint dries quickly, and we have to moisten with a spray mist to keep our paint wet. You need a brush for each colour, and a clean, dry brush for mixing the colours. With practice, nothing is impossible. Before blending on a piece of furniture, I advise you to try your hand on small pieces of wood. If the result is less successful, it is less work than having to strip and re-sand an entire piece of furniture, believe me 🙂

Jessy Gendron

Who am I by the way: I am a stay at home mom to two beautiful children, a 4 year old little girl and a 7 year old big boy. They have been the center of my life since their birth. I am a former hairdresser who still loves to cut hair! I am a hypersensitive, humanist,  who is always ready to help others. Decoration, clothing and hair are areas that have always attracted me. Everything related to creation makes me vibrate and makes me forget my anxieties for a moment. What helps me get through the storms in my head are running, praying, and painting furniture. I love to transform! I find a lot of stuff in the garbage and I imagine them with a new look and that gives me a feeling of lightness. I would like to add hours to my days to paint more. Sometimes I paint at night to advance my work and play with my children during the day. During my long sleepless nights I imagine, among other things, how I will transform the furniture that is in my garage. I am passionionate! Saving the planet is also on my priority list. Restoring, repainting and reusing gives me a sense of accomplishment or relieves me of guilt. Here is who I am!


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