When we decorate our bathroom, I want a cabinet to keep things tidy. I mentioned when I was looking for bathroom design ideas that I had my eye on an old cupboard in the garage what was housing motorbike cleaning kit. It definitely had potential for a bathroom cabinet makeover.
It was tatty and chipped with an old Bakelite handle that was cracked but with a bit of time, I was convinced it should scrub up well.
I had some French Grey Chalk Paint from Annie Sloan but really wanted a blue/green colour. In a jam jar, I mixed some acrylic paint with the chalk paint until I got the colour I wanted. I mixed more than I thought I needed so I had some to patch up. Inside the cupboard I used some leftover paint from painting our wardrobes.
Although you can wax chalk paint, on projects like this where the cabinet will be in a steamy, bathroom atmosphere I prefer to varnish with matt acrylic varnish. It gives a very flat finish which I like and it will withstand water splashes and wiping down.
The handle was replaced with an old brass door pull. I am a bit of a magpie and hang on to things like this, waiting for an opportunity to use.
The door pull gave the vintage look I was after. I used brass screws which looked too bright against the aged brass on the pull so I used brown and black Sharpie pens to dull down.
With any job like this, I’ve found whatever my time estimate is, I should always double it and I’ll be about right. Luckily, the weather has been good and I’ve been able to stand outside while I filled the holes and knocks, sanded and then painted to complete the bathroom cabinet makeover.
I am really pleased how this has turned out. Now I just have to wait until next month, when we can get work done in the bathroom and the cabinet can go on the wall to keep toiletries and make-up tidy.
It is satisfying to “shop our home” for items to update or re-purpose rather than go out and buy something. This cabinet is well made with solid wood so it was way too good to be sitting in the garage!