Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Painting Our Old Medicine Cabinet

If you live in an older home you probably have an old medicine cabinet somewhere in your house.  We had two - (now down to one after replacing the other with a pretty mirror).  So, I've already updated the outside of our old bathroom cabinet using washers and spray paint and I finally got around to freshening up the inside.  It was much needed as there was a little rust going on and just overall blah-ness.  It just took a little time, some paint and fabric.


Here's the before cabinet - yucky I know.  And, I have never really taken any time to organize it so things would just pile up in there.  It was easy to remove the cabinet from the wall - I did it by myself just by unscrewing it.


Once I had it out, I took it outside and taped off the part I wanted to paint.  I decided to paint the door with chalkboard paint and paint the inside just a glossy teal - both which I already owned so I didn't have to buy anything new.  After the chalkboard paint dried, I taped off the next section and spray painted it.  Remember to just use nice light even coats.  I used two coats on both sections.
Next I re-installed the cabinet and decided to use fabric to cover the little shelves.  I grabbed some leftover shower curtain fabric from our ottoman project and cut it to size.  I used a little hot glue to hold it down on the shelves as I covered it and then covered the fabric a with clear cabinet liner to make it durable and wipeable.  Just fabric would get ruined quickly.


After that I just needed to add some little bins for organizing.  I think I might go back and label the bins to just help with keeping it organized.  So far its working just fine - actually much, much better than before.


I love the addition of the chalkboard door for notes - I mean come on, I will paint anything with chalkboard paint.  So here's the before and after - so much better right?  And I just used things I already owned.


You really don't have to spend a ton of money to make some fun updates to your home.  I love it when I can do something for nothing.  

Thanks so much for joining me today!  Anybody else making some no-cost updates to their home?  Share with me!


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12 comments:

  1. What a great idea! It turned out so good!

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  2. I would have never thought to do this! What a fun thing to make you smile in the morning!

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  3. How fun! It would have never occurred to me to do this. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  4. Ooo i like it! what a fun pop of color in the morning!

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  5. Just found your blog & love it!! New follower on here and twitter! Would love if you followed me back. I'm over at lbinwonderland.blogspot.com & linwonderlandb.

    Thanks for the inspiration- your DIY looks amazing!

    Blessings! :)

    LB

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  6. Cute!! I love that you painted it. And that color is gorgeous. We've got one in every single bathroom of our house, I really need to do something with them.

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  7. Darling! So much better with a little color!
    I'm visiting you today from Live Laugh Rowe. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment and Link Up, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Medicine Cabinet Makeover

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  8. Hi there! I have ventured over from Linkin’ With My Ladies. I am co-hosting this month and I just wanted to thank you for participating! Love your blog! XOXO, Mandi @ All My Happy Endings

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  9. It looks WAY better! Way to work with what you've got!

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  10. Who would ever know all that fun color was hiding behind that door?? It's awesome to have a few details like that that are just for you to enjoy! Nicely done :)

    XO,
    Christy
    Confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

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  11. You can use magnets to hold things like tweezers and nail clippers on the back of thd door.

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