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Bathroom cabinet redo

Ugly beige mirrored cabinet

Ugly beige mirrored cabinet

As you know, I have been trying to finish up my guest bathroom.  I thought I would put some baskets on the wall instead of a typical shelving unit, but when I looked at them they just didn’t look right.

I have been praying about this problem.  I know, you are thinking, really??…praying about a cabinet?  Well, I wasn’t exactly praying about the cabinet exactly, but more praying about winning the lottery so I could just sell the house, buy a larger one with more storage and then I wouldn’t haved to worry about the darn guest bathroom cabinet redo and picking up someone else’s gross cabinet on the side of the road.  So you see, I was kind of going about it a little differently, but still praying.

Then while going to take my mother to her foot doctor this morning I was almost to her house when low and behold there was this ugly beige mirrored cabinet tossed to the curb by one of her neighbors.  So, I picked up mom and then picked up the ugly cabinet after a quick sneekity peek and tossed it in the trunk.  See????… Divine Intervention.  Not exactly what I prayed for, but exactly how my prayers tend to get answered.

My mother just sat there looking at me like I lost my mind.  She is 93, she couldn’t possibly realize I have lost my mind, right?  After her appointment I dropped her off and dashed home to see what I really had.  Yup,  it looked like an ugly beige mirrored cabinet that should be tossed to the curb.  Perfect, I can do something with that!

Dirty, dusty, dingy should be thrown away

Dirty, dusty, dingy should be thrown away

Icky inside...whose hair was that...yuuuccckkkk!

Icky inside…whose hair was that…yuuuccckkkk!

This is the best way to use Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint (this is not chalk board paint).  This is the greatest paint because you don’t have to prime and sand and do all that stuff beforehand…you just wipe the grime and dust off (and the hair of strangers) then start painting.  I didn’t want to spend alot of time on this piece if it really wasn’t salvageable.  I used the pure white, one coat with an inexpensive chip brush and foam brush.  It took all of 20 minutes and it dries just as quickly.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White, crappy brushes

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White, crappy brushes

Simple painting

Simple painting

Then I used Annie Sloan wax and with a soft cloth wiped the whole thing down and then lightly buffed it with another clean cloth.  The wax just makes the paint look softer, its a really neat affect.

Soft Wax and uses very little

Soft Wax and uses very little

Soft cloth for waxing

Soft cloth for waxing

Then I tackled the mirrors.  I didn’t want mirrors right across from the toilet…bad feng shui,…really bad!  I had a sample of a grasscloth wallcovering that I want to use in my master bathroom and because the guest bath has a coastal feel I thought, why not?  I measured the mirror and cut out the grasscloth.  Then I used a spray adhesive and sprayed the grasscloth on the back really well, especially on the edges.  While tacky, I layed it down over the mirrors and worked the grasscloth to the edges making sure I had no bubbles or high spots.  Simple.  The grasscloth was a little short around the edges, just a tad, maybe 1/16″, but I wanted to have a more finished edge.  Luckily I had some jute twine, perfect color and texture for the grasscloth.  I used some Weldbond adhesive and simply added a bead of it around the edge of the grasscloth and layed the jute right into the adhesive.

Cut grasscloth to fit

Cut grasscloth to fit

 

Weldbond for gluing jute twine

Weldbond for gluing jute twine

 

Push jute twine into the bead of Weldbond glue all around edge

Push jute twine into the bead of Weldbond glue all around edge

To finish the cabinet off I added two awesome drawer pulls that I purchased at Anthropologie a few months ago to put on my kitchen island project.  Kitchen, smitchen…I want to use them now, they are soooooo puuuurrrrtttyyyy.  Cabinet pull love, sigh.

I want to marry these door pulls!

I want to marry these door pulls!

I will get all the bathroom pictures together in a week or so to show you the completed room.  This isn’t HGTV you know…nothing happens in 30 minutes and room redos definitely do not!  I’ve gotta life too you know. (Okay, not really, but procrastination is my middle name.)

Breakdown:

  • Ugly beige wall cabinet              Free curbside nab
  • Annie Sloan paint/wax              Free, have around the house
  • Sample grasscloth piece            Free
  • Jute twine                                     Free, have around the house
  • Cabinet pulls                                $14.00 ea. from Anthropologie
  • Spray adhesive & Weldbond     Free, have around the house

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