A Navy Blue Valet Stand

I’ve been wanting to try the new Miss Mustard Seed milk paint color “Artissimo”, which is a dark blue that is close to navy but a little brighter. It’s a bit more of a “manly” color than the creams, grays, and soft blue-greens that I typically use but it’s nice to mix it up now and then. So, I remembered that I had this old valet stand that I’d been meaning to fix up for a long time (like literally 5 years!) Here’s how it came out……

valet after 1_opt

Of course, it started out looking like this…..


The first thing I did was to paint the whole thing in Artissimo. It took 2 coats to get good coverage. Then it got a light sanding just to highlight a few of the edges. And to darken it up, I gave it a coat of Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing Wax.


The valet had a wicker-type base that was in really bad shape. So I took that off and replaced it with black-stripe upholstery webbing. It’s simply stapled to the underside of the top rungs where the original wicker was and then woven over and under. It’s not intended to be a seat, but a place to put your shoes or bag.

valet after 3_opt

Now that the valet has had its make-over, it’s ready for a sharp-dressed man!

valet after 4_opt

This valet will be for sale in my new space at a local antique mall. I’ll be moving in this week and will post the specifics soon!


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  1. It turned out great! Good luck with your new booth. Now lots of people will be able to see (and buy) your work.

  2. I have a valet almost like this only the seat part is solid. I was going to remove the valet part and just reupholster the bench, but I kind of like it now that I see yours! And thank you for helping to make week one of our Get Your DIY on Fall Party Challenge, a success! Next week’s theme is Fall Wreaths, I hope we see you again! 🙂

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