Friends, last time I left you with a sanded and primed cabinet all ready for some bright green paint.
But then I had to wait. I had to wait 7 whole days until the primer was cured and ready for action.
And after that 168 hours (yep, I’m pretty dramatic like that)…I was ready to attack!
I headed down to the dungeon (a.k.a. our loft’s storage space) and geared up for spray painting time.
My neighbors don’t think I’m weird or anything?! Just chilling with my Christmas wreath…
I ended up doing 3 light (very light) coats of spray paint. I didn’t want to pile on the spray paint, and risk getting drips or having it glob up.
I was going for a mint green look to coordinate with the bathroom. But dang, this girl was green!
At first, I wasn’t too sure. But now I think she is growing on me!
The inside cabinets were not looking too hot. Sure the shelves were only going to hold random toiletries…but I wanted them to hold my extra toothpaste with style!
So in came the wrapping paper and the mod podge.
I even added 2 gorgeous handles that I found at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. They’re like tiny white ropes. Love the detailing…
And here is what I accessorized my new bathroom beauty with…
A gorgeous gold tray that I found for $15 at an antique shop. It holds lots of perfume! (What can I say? I’m a girly girl!)
A little bit of nature…
A cute white dish to hold all of the essentials. Here she is all nestled in the corner.
Now I realize that the green is really bright, but I actually think it works in the bathroom. It is definitely an area where you can take a chance (and you can always paint it another color) so why not?!
Overall, I think a pretty great transformation for less than $20!
It’s amazing what a little spray paint (and DIY love) can do!
For the past few months, I’ve been searching for a nice little cabinet to go in my bathroom.
But, I haven’t had much luck and this little guy has been sitting awkwardly in the corner since we moved in.
Sorry about the terrible iPhone pic…but you at least get the point.
I wanted a piece that would have lots of storage, but not be too large as to overwhelm the bathroom. I also wanted something cheap that I could re-do and paint a fun color.
That’s when this beauty came into my life while shopping at the Habitat for Humanity Restore…
Okay, maybe “beauty” isn’t the correct word. But, she sure was beautiful in my eyes.
She was the perfect size, perfect height, she had the perfect amount of space for storage…and best of all she was the perfect price. Only $10!
I got her home and tried her on for size in the bathroom.
She fit like a glove.
Next, I had to figure out how I was going to spruce her up.
Because the cabinet is metal (like a filing cabinet) and the top of the cabinet is laminate…I was in a pickle on how to best prepare her for a nice coat of paint.
After a bit of googling and a nice chat with the guy at Home Depot, I was armed with the supplies to tackle my new bathroom cabinet.
Mouse Detail Sander 120 & 220 grit sandpaper Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer Foam Roller Paint Tray Paint Brush Painter’s Tape Drop Cloth 2 cans of Valspar Spray Paint ($7) TOTAL COST: $7 (Already owned everything, besides the spray paint)
I can’t tell you how important this step is when you’re working on a project like this one. You need to remove all dirt and oils that may be built up on the piece, or else the primer and paint won’t be able to adhere to the surface correctly.
I used a 120 sand paper for the top of the cabinet, so I could really smooth out the bumps and scratches on the laminate.
I used a 220 sandpaper for the metal sides of the cabinet, because it really only needed to be polished a bit.
After wiping the cabinet with a clean cloth (to remove any dust from sanding), I used the painter’s tape to cover up a few metal parts that I didn’t want the paint to touch. It was then priming time!
I did a light coat of the Zinsser, using the foam roller on the big areas and the paint brush around tight spots.
After about 30 minutes, I did one more coat of the primer.
Now the hardest step….the waiting period!
Because this piece is metal, it can scratch easily if not prepared correctly. The primer may be dry to the touch, but it technically won’t cure for 7 days.
So even though I’m eager to get this bad boy finished, I must wait until next weekend to finish her up.
Stay tuned my friends…
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