Apr 24, 2012

Remodeled Medicine Cabinet

Our remodeled medicine cabinet
When we started thinking about our bathroom renovation, I knew a new medicine cabinet would have to be included, because our old one was beyond ugly.  I also knew that since I wanted the beadboard wainscot higher than standard wainscot, that the medicine cabinet would have to be selected first, because the beadboard and molding would have cut around it.

You can see how Jim cut and fit the molding and beadboard around our medicine cabinet. He did a wonderful job making it all look seamless.

Side that everyone sees. Jim did a nice job! 
Back corner that no one sees unless they look.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Before Jim did all that wonderful work on the molding and wainscot, I had to find a new medicine cabinet. I just wasn't finding anything in the budget that came close to what I had in mind. You see, I had seen all of your wonderful custom medicine cabinets, and I really, really wanted something as nice as all of yours.

Dreams of all your beautiful bathrooms were floating through my head when we were taking everything out of the bathroom, and that's when I started to really look at the cabinet we had over the toilet. It was constructed well. It was a nice size. If we added another shelf it would hold all our things. I could probably find a framed mirror that would cover the whole length of it to use as a door...hmmm... That could work... A nice big medicine cabinet with one nice big mirror instead of three skinny doors and mirrors.

Cabinet over the toilet
Unfortunately, finding a standard mirror the right size was next to impossible! We'd have to do something custom to make it work.

I shared the idea with Jim, and let's just say he wasn't terribly enthusiastic about it at first. He couldn't see my vision for it. He did, however, like the idea of saving money and of making the door himself. He likes doing that kind of stuff, and adding the extra shelf was simple enough.

Once he was on board with the idea, he and I did butt heads a little on the design.  I wanted one single door with a large mirror. He said that size door was too big for our bathroom, it would get in the way, and hit the towel ring. I did not want two doors, because then there would be a frame going down the middle between the two doors and both mirrors would be so small they would basically be unusable. However, I could see his point about opening out too far into the room.

While we were debating what we were going to do about a door for the cabinet, Jim hung it without doors to measure for the wainscot. It was taken down a couple times to do the painting and stuff, but putting it up and measuring for it locked us into using that cabinet, and we still had no idea what we were going to do about a door.

Then I found a medicine cabinet online, that became my inspiration. I didn't care for the Greek key detail, but that was inconsequential. The design idea was what was important. If we had two doors that weren't the same size, that would make both of us happy. I'd have the large mirror I dreamed of, and Jim would have the two doors that were more practical. In my mind that would definitely work. I showed the picture to Jim, and again, he wasn't terribly enthusiastic, because it meant more complex measuring to make it work. But he agreed it was a good compromise.

Again we butted heads on the dimensions of the doors, but needless to say, we finally agreed. He made it all work, and he did a fantastic job. We actually worked pretty well as a team on this project, although Jim did hardest part of building the doors.  He's very proud of how they turned out, which he should be!


We had talked about having beadboard in the frame of the smaller door, but we didn't have enough left over, and buying more would have been a waste. Instead, we chose the appliques together, and I think they blend nicely with the applique I added to the vanity cabinet. We also talked about antiquing the cabinet, but in the end, we decided to let the vanity cabinet be distinct in that regard and have the medicine cabinet look fresh and crisp.


Having two doors is working beautifully. You can see how well they're working in the following pictures. We decided to use three hinges on each door instead of two for a little added strength because the doors Jim made were longer and a bit heavier than the original doors.

Small door
 See how the small door just barely hits the towel ring? That was one of Jim's concerns, and honestly, he was right--the mirror could have easily been broken if someone had not been careful about banging it against the towel ring.

Large door
I just added the hooks for Jim's razor this past weekend. There is a cup I want to attach to the door also to hold a daily prescription that keeps getting buried in the back of the cabinet. My hope is by having it right on the door that it won't be forgotten as often as it has been in the past.

Inside with four shelves
As you can see, the fourth shelf really added to the amount of storage we have. We've never seen a medicine cabinet with four shelves, and honestly, I don't understand why someone hasn't thought of it before.  It's so practical. It is really amazing how much better everything is from what we had before...

Shall we take a trip down memory lane?

Old Medicine Cabinet
New Medicine Cabinet
And let's not forget the transformation of the old cabinet that was over the toilet that became our medicine cabinet...  Its transformation was quite stunning with a fresh coat of paint and two new, beautiful doors.

Before Transformation
After Transformation
I cringe every time I look at the before pictures! It's so hard to imagine how awful our bathroom was before now that we've had our nice bright one for a few weeks.  Isn't it funny how quickly you can forget?

I just love our new bathroom. With a few modifications of my vision, it turned it out exactly how I imagined it.

Apr 21, 2012

Bathroom Reveal!

Finally!  Yes! I have pictures to share!  We've finished the bathroom, except for one little bit of molding that I've asked Jim to add to the sink cabinet.  Who knows when that will be, though, as it's nothing anyone but I will ever notice.

Here it is!  I'm so excited to finally show it to all of you!  I hope you think it's as wonderful of a transformation as I do!!!

Small Moments: Bathroom Reveal
Bathroom After:  Bright, cheerful and elegant
As you can see, we put open shelves over to toilet.  It really seems to open up the room, which is one thing we really need.  Jim did a fantastic job of making the shelves. He made them with high quality plywood and put a piece of molding around the edges so give them a finished, professional look. The brackets are just standard wood brackets that we bought at Lowe's.  Surprisingly, we didn't lose any storage by having the open shelves, and I don't think it looks as cluttered as it used to look.

Small Moments: Bathroom Reveal
Bathroom After:  An applique and feet were added to the old oak cabinet before I painted it.
I already showed off our cabinet, but I thought I'd give you a little view of how it looks next to the toilet. Yes, I have a cover on the toilet lid, and I know that's not very design forward or trending... However, our bathroom is so small that there isn't room to put a nice chair in the room, so I do sit here to put on my nail polish, and a covered lid is a little nicer to sit on.

Small Moments: Bathroom Reveal
We kept the old sink, but the cabinet got a facelift.
This one shows a bit of the little cabinet I bought to hold the extra rolls of toilet paper. We used to have a large basket sitting on the floor between the toilet and the cabinet, which took up a lot of room and didn't keep the toilet paper clean. This little cabinet, that I bought at Walmart, has worked perfectly. It has space for four extra rolls and a box of tissues. We decided to put a decorative jar on the top of it to cover the whole in the top for the tissue and instead store a fifth roll of paper there. We really like it, because it gives the illusion that there is more space in the room.

Small Moments: Bathroom Reveal
Jim made the doors for the medicine cabinet. We wanted one large door,
but that was too heavy. So instead he did one large and one small. 
Here is the wonderful medicine cabinet that Jim made doors for.  In another post I give you a better look at it the details he put into it. He's so proud of the doors, and I have to say, he has every right to be proud, because he did a fantastic job with them. Not bad at all for a cabinet that used to hang over the toilet!

In case you're wondering, the little white hook on the wall to the left of the medicine cabinet is where I hang my jewelry when I have to take it off...that way I don't lose anything. It was originally planned to be used for my wedding rings, but my rings wouldn't fit on it.

Small Moments: Bathroom Reveal
Hooks for our robes.
Here's the opposite side of the room.  You can see how nice the wainscot turned out here. We put up two nice robe hooks, which are working out wonderfully. We used to have a mirror with robe hooks attached to it on the back of the door. Eventually, we'll replace the full-length mirror, but I haven't found one I like yet...

We also put a shelf above the door. I had the three baskets that I put up there. We thought putting the shelf up there would close in the room, but people don't even notice the shelf. I has added a tremendous amount of storage though, and that's something we desperately needed.

Small Moments: Bathroom Reveal
Double towel bars... We don't really use the decorative towels.
I stood on the cabinet to take this picture--probably not the best idea, but it is so hard to take pictures that really show anything in a bathroom that's only five feet wide.  Here are the towel bars I bought a couple years ago. They're finally up, and they look perfect.

My mom and I went shopping yesterday, and I bought all new towels. Amazingly, I found those little fingertip towels that coordinate perfectly with out shower curtain, and Jim was very enthusiastic about how they looked.  They looks so much better than the dark brown ones we had, and they especially look better than the pinky-beige ones. These are a true ivory color, and blend nicely with the paint color. They're not an exact match, but they don't clash at all like the old ones did.

So... Just to quickly refresh your memory of what it looked like before...

Small Moments:  Bathroom Before
Bathroom Before:  Dark and dreary. The only thing I liked was the shower curtain.
See how dark it is.  By the way, the cabinet above the toilet in this picture is the cabinet that became our medicine cabinet.

Small Moments:  Bathroom Before
Bathroom Before:  Cluttered and closed in.
Dark and cluttered...no place to put anything so it looked clean an organized.

Small Moments:  Bathroom Before
Bathroom Before:  Bad paint job and ugly lights.
Here's the old vanity light... At one point I tried to update the medicine cabinet and the light fixture by painting them an oil rubbed bronze color. This is one case where paint does not help something that is ugly and dated.

Small Moments:  Bathroom Before
Bathroom Before:  Painting the medicine cabinet and light did not help.
Okay... I don't want to leave you with ugliness!  So here it is all beautiful one more time!!!

Small Moments: Bathroom Reveal
Ahhhh....  So much better!
I like this picture because the mirror reflects the pretty things that are on the opposite wall.  Do you realize the only thing that didn't change is the shower curtain?

With the fresh paint color, the white beadboard wainscot, the open shelves, the painted cabinet maid to look like a piece of furniture, the larger medicine cabinet, new towels, new rugs, and additional storage, this room feels so new and so much bigger and brighter than it did before. It's a pleasure to get ready for the day in here now.

Well, what do you think?  Better?

Apr 16, 2012

Clock Makeover

Since our bathroom is so fresh and clean looking, I thought it needed a new clock.  I don't know how many of you have clocks in your bathrooms, but I've always had one in mine. I just don't know how anyone gets ready to be anywhere on time without a clock in the bathroom.  Without it, I'd never get out of the bathroom in time to get anywhere!


Anyway, the search for a clock started even before we started renovating our bathroom. I found this wonderful clock at JoAnn Fabric that would have gone perfectly with my original design idea of green.  It had a clear glass frame with fern leaves painted on it in two or three different shades of green. However, once we went with Valspar's Shoreline Haze color, it just didn't go, so back it went to JoAnn Fabric. 

So while we were renovating, I started looking for another clock... What I really wanted was one of those old Regulator Clocks with pendulum, except I wanted it in white.  I figured I'd have to paint it, but I was not willing to pay a ton of money for one. It had to be really cheap.  I didn't find one that was at a price I wanted to pay.

That's when I decided if I was going to paint a clock anyway, I might as well paint the oak one we already had. 

This is what it looked like to start with.  I had painted the gold rim around the plastic face black a couple years ago, simply because I didn't like the gold.  Now I wanted to get rid of the black and the oak. 

Ugly bathroom with ugly clock
So I sanded it, primed it and painted it.  I painted the oak white and painted the rim the wall color.  I was really happy with how it looked in the bathroom. It pulled in all the colors and blended well.

Looking better...but still not quite right.
But then as I looked at it day after day, I realized I wanted to dress it up a bit... It needed something to make it a little more unique... So I decided to change the clock face.  Now I've seen so many of your wonderful projects that you've done with clocks using that Cricut machine. Oh! how I would love to have one of those, but I don't, so I had to think of something else.

The plan I came up with was to find a clock face graphic online, enlarge it to the size I needed (this clock has a 7 1/2" diameter face, so I could do it on my own printer) and then put it in the clock. Let me tell you, finding a clock graphic that I liked online was NOT as easy as I thought it would be. So many of them had the hands in the graphic, and that wasn't what I wanted at all.

Finally, I came across this graphic on Little Miss Maggie's blog.  I had never visited her blog before, but now I'm following her, because she has soooo many incredible ideas.  Her friend had used this graphic to cover a huge round coffee table, and it looked wonderful.  And I guess after she shared her friend's table, she had a ton of people asking for the graphic, so she shared it. 
Wonderful French clock face graphic
Well, I grabbed it, cleaned it up a bit for my project and printed it.  Because I was printing it on regular 8.5x11 printer paper, I used some spray adhesive and glued it to a manila file folder so it wouldn't be so flexible and possibly droop in the the heat and moisture of the bathroom. Well, that's not completely true... The paper I used wasn't white printer paper, it was kind of an ivory parchment color. But the weight was the same as standard printer paper.

Since I didn't want to take the hands off the clock and put it back together, I cut straight down from the top of the clock to the middle and then taped it back together on the back side. The graphic completely hides the cut.

Here it is all finished, and I'm thrilled with it!  It has the French look that I really like. I was really surprised by how easy it was to make the change.

Much better!! 
I was also surprised, because Jim noticed it right away. I did it whilst he was at class one evening, and he noticed it as soon as he got home. I wasn't sure if he would, because I didn't think it was that big of a change. He kept saying "Did you think I wouldn't notice?" and I kept saying, "Well, I didn't think you would notice."  But I wasn't trying to hide the change from him...I just didn't think he'd be as impressed as he seemed to be.  And it turns out I made the cut in the right place, because he had to ask me how I got the new face on it. Yeay for me!!!

So there you have it... Another little piece to our bathroom renovation puzzle.  Do you like it as much as I do?

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Apr 3, 2012

Our New Old Bathroom Cabinet

We're still not quite finished with the bathroom, so I can't show you the final reveal yet, but I can show you a big part of it.  In a bathroom as small as ours, the bathroom cabinet is a big part of the bathroom!


I have been busy.  To remind you what we started out with, here's a before picture.  Just your standard builder grade cabinet--nothing special.  But it was in good shape, and it fits the space in our bathroom. Plus, we were trying to keep our whole bathroom renovation under $300, so a new cabinet was not in the budget.

Before
I kept going back and forth as to whether I wanted to paint the cabinet or not.  Once the beadboard was up, having a little oak in there for contrast didn't bother me as much as it did before the beadboard was installed.  

In the end, I did decide to paint it, but I knew it would still look like a builder grade cabinet if all I did was paint. So it got something pretty added to it.

Wood applique glued to the front
The side of the cabinet was really beat up, so something needed to be done with that also. Because it was just particle board on the side, I couldn't just sand, prime it, and paint it. The flaws would have continued to show.

The beat up side
I didn't take a picture of it, but I covered the side with beadboard wallpaper. The wallpaper is thick enough that it hides all the dings and dents, plus it looks realistic enough to be right next to the real beadboard. 

Primed and ready for paint
Then the process of making it look beautiful started.  I primed it, sanded it, painted it, glazed it, sanded it again, and then painted it again.  I wanted it to look like an antique cabinet, but I didn't want it to look too distressed, because everything else in the bathroom looks fresh and new.

Painted

Glazed

Painted again

Close up with the hardware
I used the same hardware that was on the cabinet before for a couple of reason. One, I just bought them a couple years ago. They're really heavy and were kind of expensive, so I didn't want to replace them. And two, I really like the juxtaposition of the modern brushed nickel with the antiqued finish.

Added legs and molding to the bottom
Then we added some legs. I thought about using finials and modifying them to use as legs like others have done, but I decided I liked the look of the Queen Anne legs better with this particular cabinet.

So are you ready to see the whole thing?  No?

Oh com'on!!! I really want to show you!!!!

Too bad... my blog... I can do as I want, and I'm going to show you!

After
Here you can see how it looks with the beadboard.  We're going to change the faucet, but haven't found one that we like yet. I want one with a goose neck and lever handles, but that combination is proving to be a bit more money than we want to put in this bathroom.

After
This is how it looks from the hallway. I'm really happy with way it looks when we walk by the bathroom. Our bedroom is directly across the hall, so this is one of the first views I see every day.

After
In this view, you can really see all the details...the legs, the applique, the beadboard, the molding, the paint finish, and how the brushed nickel hardware and toilet paper holder look with it. Now you can see the beadboard wallpaper that I put on the side, which you didn't get to see before. I antiqued the wallpaper similar to the front, except I didn't sand it. I think it really helped to give the cabinet the look of furniture that I wanted, although the camera makes it the side look darker than it actually is.   

Well there you have it!  That's how I transformed a builder grade oak cabinet into an antique piece of furniture. 

From This...

To This!
Next I'll be showing you what we've done to our medicine cabinet! 

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