This is the story of a cabinet. A lonely, sad, neglected cabinet. A cabinet that was crying out for love and attention. Hidden away in the dark recesses of an obscure booth at Brimfield, you would have most likely passed it by. I almost did. I was nearly desperate for some functional storage in our master bath. You see, a couple of months ago we were faced with having to combine two households into one. That’s double the shampoo, double the toothpaste, double the everything. And unlike some clothes and furniture, these aren’t the kind of things one gives away or worse, throws out.
But this isn’t just the story of how I redid this cabinet. It’s the story of how a $20 cabinet became, dare I say it, nearly a $100 cabinet. It’s not because I bought super expensive paint or finishing hardware mind you. It’s not because the paper I used to line it was expensive. And it’s certainly not because I hired someone else to paint it. It’s because I screwed up. Here it is, in all its glory. Dirty, dusty and dank. The back of the cabinet is particleboard, as are the shelves, which are three shy of a full set and disgusting! I wasn’t deterred. I had plans.
After cleaning it, I searched my stained glass stash and found the right color (green) glass panel and got to work. I needed 10 pieces about 8″ long by 3″ wide. As luck would have it, I only had enough glass for 9. But guess what? It didn’t matter because I ended up not liking the look of the green shelves. So back I went to my glass stash (say that fast three times) and found several pieces of clear glass which is exactly the look I was going for. Clean and bright.
Here’s where things get dicey. My glass cutter wasn’t doing the job. The glass is 1/4″ thick, and I thought that might be the issue. Well, Fisherman was heading to NY one day so I asked him to get some glass and to have the 10 pieces cut as well. The person who cuts the glass wasn’t there, so he came home with a large piece of glass that was, you guessed it, 1/4″ thick. And did I mention the glass was $35?
Soooooo..I found someone who is local (and by local I mean 20 minutes away…this is, after all, the boonies) and he cut the glass for $20. But guess what? The reason I wasn’t able to cut the original clear glass that I had was not because my cutter was insufficient, it was because the glass was tempered! In other words, I could have cut the $35 piece easily and saved the $20. I only figured that out after the glass cutter asked if the glass we brought in was tempered, and there was some leftover glass which I experimented on and I cut it like buttahhhhh. And…I didn’t need 1/4″ glass to begin with, 1/8″ would have been sufficient and cheaper.
I actually started the painting process a few weeks ago, but the cabinet took a back seat to some wedding preparations. I used MMSMP Ironstone and Boxwood and I have to say I absolutely love this paint! The only thing I would say is you definitely want some kind of blender to mix it up. I was so mad at myself for giving away a blender after our move because I figured I didn’t need two. Wrong! (I also gave it two coats of Hemp Oil and one coat of clear wax.) I was going for a mostly whitish look with a touch of green to coordinate with the paper I was planning on lining the middle section with. I used the same paper to make some lampshades not too long ago for our master bedroom and since this is the master bath and I had some paper leftover I figured why not put it to good use and cover up that ugly particleboard?
I know it looks like a 5 year old painted this, but particleboard is a pita to paint, plus it was going to be covered anyway. Thank goodness for that!
I cut the paper to size and used some Mod Podge to adhere it to the back. Now we’re cookin’ and I’m finally starting to see things come together! You gotta love your Mod Podge! (I fell in love with it years ago and was thrilled last year when this bowl was featured on their site!)
I already had these knobs so I gave them a try. I really like the velvet ribbon and the medallion but I wasn’t thrilled with the gold on the knobs so I went to my favorite store for knobs, Hobby Lobby, and changed them up.
These knobs go well with the claw foot tub ‘feet’ which you can see in this post and I really like the chippy look. And they were so inexpensive! Only $2.50 each on sale! Finally something went my way!
I was able to get everything I wanted in the cabinet perfectly! It’s just the right size for what we needed. We do have a good sized double vanity and a small medicine cabinet where we put the items we use everyday, but I wanted something that could house our extra stuff and be easily accessible. This cabinet sits directly next to the tub, on the opposite wall of the vanity. (I’ll most likely do a follow up post on how I organized everything in the bath, but I’m waiting for Fisherman to do one last project before I do that.) Oh, and did I mention we were going to initially put the cabinet on the wall? After thinking about it, it didn’t seem like that would be a good idea. The particleboard probably wouldn’t have been able to withstand the weight. Without any items inside, the cabinet weighs about 25 lbs. I think this piece wasn’t designed for a wall anyway. Take a look at the bottom. Doesn’t it look like at one time it might have been on top of another piece of furniture?
I’m very happy with where it is anyway, so no matter. Sometimes plans change and you just have to roll with the punches. (If you look closely you can see the shelves in the middle also have glass. There was some glass leftover after the smaller pieces were cut and I was able to get enough out of it to do the trick.)
So this once lonely, dirty and sad cabinet now sits happily in our master bath and not only am I happy my stuff has found a home, but I’m happy to have finally used MMSMP and can say without any shadow of a doubt I really like this paint. If you want to give it a try there are sample bags you can purchase for just a few dollars. You would only be able to cover a small object, but it would be a great way to get a feel for the paint before you invest in a full bag which is $22.00. One of the great things about this paint is it comes in a powder form so you never have to worry about it drying up. Just mix up what you need and store the rest indefinitely.
Have you ever tried milk paint? How about chalk paint? If you have used both, which do you prefer? I’ve used ASCP on this project and a few others and like that as well. The end products are similar but with subtle differences. The ASCP is, simply put, ‘chalky’ while the milk paint seems to have more of an old world look. Just depends on the look you’re going for. I’m on to the next project. Now that my toiletries have found a home, my jewelry is next. Stay tuned…