A Creative Solution To Updating Bathroom Cabinetry…Cottage Style
Last week we took a peek at my Shabby to Chic Master Bathroom Makeover. I hope you all enjoyed the tour. If you missed it you can find it by clicking the link in the previous sentence. Today I wanted to show you how I gave my hum-drum bathroom cabinets a face-lift.
Remember this “before” shot?
They are pretty bland don’t you think? I knew I wanted to dress them up and the center panel was just begging for something special.
I bought a roll of embossed, paintable wall paper with a pretty damask design at a local thrift shop for a couple of bucks a while back.
I cut four pieces to fit and adhered them to the center of each door panel.
The paper was pre-pasted so I dipped each piece in a tray of water, let the adhesive set up the carefully applied the piece to a cabinet door. I smoothed out any wrinkles or bubbles with a “smoother“. Can you believe this is actually the technical name for this piece? I had to look it up because I had no idea what this tool was called. Once the bubbles were out I wiped each panel with a towel to catch any water. The I let it dry completely.
TIP: On small project as this you can use an old credit card to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles if you don’t have a smoother.
UPDATE: Remember I bought the wallpaper at a thrift store? Well apparently the adhesive had gone bad because the paper started peeling off the very next day. GRRRR. I ended up redoing all four of them and reapplied them with Mod Podge (Decoupage Glue). It turned out great. When life throws you a curve ball, IMPROVISE! You can purchase brand new paintable wallpaper at your local home improvement store. I bought a new roll when I created the panels in my Cottage Style Dining Room . The adhesive worked great.
Next step….paint the panels in the same blue I painted the walls.
The panels got two coats of “Spa” blue and the rest of the cabinetry received two coats of satin white water based paint.
I let the paint dry and cure over night. Then the fun began. To bring out the texture in the wall paper I applied a color wash. To create the color wash, I mixed some left over white paint with water. I’d say a ratio of 2 parts water to one part paint works well. Working in small areas at a time, I applied the paint with a brush and then quickly wiped off a lot of the paint with a rag. This effect leaves some paint in the grooves, bringing out the design of the paper, and lets the blue still show through.
I love this painting technique. You may remember I used the same technique when I refurbished a Thrift Store Frame .
I love the way the doors turned out.
Once all of the paint dried and cured for a few days, I gave everything a couple of coats of paste wax. Paste wax gives a painted piece a smooth, soft protective finish. So, some of you may be wondering, what does it mean for paint to cure? You can find a great explanation here. Basically, if a painted piece does not have time to cure, anything you apply as a top coat can ruin the finish. The paint can wipe off, bubble, etc.
After waxing, I added new hardware to the drawers and doors. The knobs were a craft store find and the drawer pulls were found at a Habitat Resale store. (These places are great for finding old windows, doors, cabinets and more!)
And here is the finished product…
With a small amount of money, a little bit of paint, wall paper and “new” hardware this bathroom cabinet now has personality. Paint is always a budget friendly, easy fix for just about anything that has seen better days!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Now go pick up a paintbrush and give something a makeover!
~Lisa[signoff] Linking Today To:
Furniture Feature Friday,Show and Tell Friday, Feathered Nest Friday, Inspiration Friday, Tater Tots and Jello, Saturday Nite Special