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Scrappy Cabinet

I finished another painting project. And I’m very happy with the end result.

Before I share pics, I have to give you a bit of back story.

Hubby knew I wanted a cabinet for our bathroom. In all fairness, he wanted one, too, because we needed a place to store our towels. So he agreed to make one. But he’s a wood guy. He would have rather made the thing out of some fancy hardwood.Which he would have then stained, of course.

Knowing I wanted to paint the cabinet, I urged him to make it out of cheap wood. So he made it out of scrap pieces of MDF that he happened to have laying around.

The "Raw" Cabinet

The “Raw” Cabinet

That’s the naked cabinet. Pretty ugly, right?

Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, of course, my plan was to use Old White for the outside, Olive (green) for the shelves and door highlights, and Emile (a soft purple) for the frame of the door.


Olive Shelves

Olive Shelves

Since the cabinet is always going to be filled with stuff, I limited my interior painting and waxing to the shelves and the inside of the door.

I only applied clear wax inside the cabinet. After painting the exterior of the door, I decoupaged some hydrangea art (posted by The Graphics Fairy) onto the front. I applied clear wax, followed by dark wax, and it was done. Easy peasy.

Workshop Photo of the Finished Cabinet

Workshop Photo of the Finished Cabinet

Here’s a shot of the cabinet in the natural light.

Natural Light

Natural Light

Now, before I show you the cabinet in its new home, I have to tell you the bathroom walls need to be painted. I don’t feel like painting the bathroom right now. But we need the storage this cabinet will provide. So just ignore the walls, okay?

Before the Cabinet

Before the Cabinet

That basket is where we stored spare rolls of TP. It only held two rolls, was quite cramped, was hard to fill, and the tissue always came out mangled.

Newly Installed

Newly Installed Cabinet

It didn’t take long to fill either.

Cabinet in Use

Cabinet in Use

Did you notice that little thing in the lower corner of the door? It’s another Graphics Fairy image, modified to meet my needs. It’s one of my favorite elements of the cabinet project.

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Maybe I should have called myself the Decorator or Painter instead of Designer, but I still think it’s cool.

When I asked Hubby how much the materials cost, he said, “Nothing. It was all scrap.”

I pressed him to put a cost on the “wood.” He said a 4 x 8 sheet costs about $15 and he would have used about half of that. That’s only $7.50 in wood costs.

What do you think?


  1. August 18, 2013    

    And what color are you planning on painting the bathroom? I love the cabinet…

  2. August 19, 2013    

    How attractive! Great job. And your signature image is terrific.

  3. ToadMama's Gravatar ToadMama
    August 19, 2013    

    Thanks, KA and ShyB! No idea yet what color the walls will be, just not baby poop-colored.

  4. August 19, 2013    

    You Rock!!!!!

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

    PS…you should share this with Karen at Graphics Fairy!!!

  5. August 19, 2013    

    Awesome. Both turned out so well, the cabinet build and the paint job. So pretty.

    Great job you two!!

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