Medicine cabinet makeover

A few weeks back while browsing around a local thrift shop, I came across this solid oak medicine cabinet.


I honestly wasn’t looking for one, but for $8.00 I figured I could make use of it.

The cabinet was definitely new, but dusty…I’m thinking maybe a leftover from some new construction job ?!?

Anyway, I brought it home and decided I would paint it and use it in our master bathroom to replace the shelf I painted a while back.


{ notice the Michelle not Shelly watermark ?!? My old Blog name 🙂 }

I really love this little shelf, but I didn’t love all of my cosmetics, lotions, etc. always exposed, it just felt cluttered to me.

I figured the replacement cabinet would look neater, as I could hide most of my things behind the little doors.

{ I am planning on hanging the little shelf in the kids bathroom }

I had a look in mind, similar to this piece I saw at Home Goods.

It was the layered paint, weathered, beachy look I was envisioning, albeit a bit darker than I wanted mine to be.

It’s always nice to have a visual inspiration piece, so I snapped a picture with my phone.


I didn’t take pics during this makeover, but tried to detail the steps it took to get this look.




Makeover steps:

::  Painted the entire piece with Pantone paint (Gardenia).

::  Any spots I couldn’t get with my brush, I sprayed with a white spray paint.

:: Haphazardly slapped on a pretty blue paint, then a grey paint.

::  Sanded the entire piece, exposing some white and blue paint, as well as some wood spots here and there.

::  Waxed the entire cabinet with Minwax Polising Paste ( color ~ Special Dark ).

:: Added new antique silver hammered knobs ( to replace the original gold ones )

:: Hung the new and improved medicine cabinet in our bathroom.

{ hanging it was the HARDEST part of this process ** ugh ** }


I’m really happy with the results, it’s so the look I was going for…chippy, shabby, beachy…old.



Here it is hanging in our master bathroom.

Much better.


{ did you notice my Miss Mustard Seed drapes hanging in our bedroom in the background ?!? }







That’s all for today.

Oh, wait.

Have you heard ?!?

Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow…


{ photo credit }


Great job Phil, I’m excited for an early spring.


Enjoy your weekend.



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