A Vintage Look for the Bathroom

I found a tiny little cabinet at a garage sale during the summer that I thought would be perfect in my new bathroom.  Except that when I got it home, I didn't really like it much anymore - it just didn't seem to fit the room.  Naturally I forgot to take a before shot... After I had thought about it for quite some time, I realized that what I disliked the most about the cabinet was its mirrored backing.  I thought about painting it but decided against it.

I have a book of scrapbook papers that are kind of old-fashioned looking.  I found a pattern I liked and cut it to fit the back of the cabinet.  I didn't even have to secure it with anything because the shelves of the cabinet hold the paper in place.


I hung the cabinet up on a wall in the bathroom and then the towel hooks I had installed just didn't look right... sigh.  Back to the drawing board!  I decided to mount the hooks on a board instead.


 Then I decided to add the same scrapbook paper to cover the board.



 After I had pasted the paper to the board it looked unfinished, so I added mitred trim around the edges.  I used my mitre saw to do the mitre cuts - first time I've ever tried to do mitred cuts and I had quite the learning curve.  After one of the trim pieces snapped out of my grip while I was sawing and caused a double blood blister and broken blood vessel in my index finger - I discovered that it was necessary to score the wood lightly before cutting through.  Please don't make this same mistake!!!

OUCH!!!
It took a couple of tries and I still screwed it up, but thanks to caulking I managed to make it look halfway decent.  I attached the trim with my finishing nail gun (so handy to have around) and ran caulk in the gaps.  Two coats of paint later and it looks pretty good! I also added a coat of ModPodge over the top of the paper to seal it.

These are brass hooks that I spray painted matte black and then chrome and then a light top spray of the black again - much more ancient looking that the bright brass!!

AND NOW I LOVE IT!!




Well off to find an ice pack...  DIY'ing is fun, isn't it??

Cheers!


58 comments:

  1. Oh no, sorry about your finger Anne! The cabinet looks great with that pretty backing!

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  2. The cabinet is beautiful. I love touch with the paper. Sorry about the finger.

    Cynthia

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  3. Anne...I am going to buy you some steel gloves!!!...No more accidents!!...I must tell you that the cabinet is fabulous and the hook rack you created it fantastic..and you have the battle scars to prove it...Great choice on the paper...I love the transformation of your bathroom...Take care Anne!!

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  4. Anne that looks great! LOVE that paper too!~~~~Beautiful~~~~
    xx
    Anne

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  5. Anne, Sorry to hear about your finger. You did a great job though!

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  6. So sorry for the injury (yuck) but the project looks perfect in the end! Loving it ...

    :)

    Linda

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  7. Great job Anne! Thanks for stopping by to see us and I hope your finger heals fast!
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  8. They look fabulous! Love the addition of the paper. The trim looks great even though it hurt you.

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  9. Nobody ever said DIY was pain-free! ;-) Sorry about your finger - but much better to have a blood blister than what you did to your leg, right?!

    The cabinet looks great with the paper, and good for you for making the backing for the hooks - I'm too scared of power tools to try something like that!

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  10. I love it too, Anne. You always have great ideas that turn out wonderfully!
    Mary Alice

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  11. Very pretty! I hate to say worth the injury, but hey, it looks great. Thanks for stopping by and for the kind comment on the John Deere apron. Take care of that finger!

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  12. You have done a wonderful job even with the injury. I really love that you have used the scrapbooking paper. Maybe I should dive into my paper stash and start decorating with that. I could then return my expensive wallpaper. Thanks for the idea.

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  13. I am loving this journey to a new bathroom with you! I cannot recount all the boo-boo's you have had, but I am sure it will be worth it. Love the cabinet and the towel hooks.

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  14. The scrapbook paper really links things nicely and that cabinet was a great find. Your bathroom id coming along nicely Anne!

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  15. Beautiful Anne! Your bathroom is really coming together. I love the cabinet and the towel hooks.

    I hope your finger is feeling better.

    Dee

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  16. Hi friend! Just wanted to see what you have been up to....a crazy project as always. Love how it turned out. Have a great weekend.
    Elyse

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  17. Good for you! Minus the blood blister, you had a great success! I think it just looks so pretty, and just the perfect touches. You have a great imagination!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  18. Love the patterned paper, so sweet, so you! But take care with the fingers, you might need them for other projects!

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  19. You have great taste, Anne! Adding simple touches like these to your bathroom - and other rooms, for that matter - can really change how it looks. Even though I only saw the cabinet wall and the hooks, I can safely say that they’re a perfect fit for your bathroom! The colors complement with the walls. The cabinet blends with it. The same goes with the mount. You have a knack on DIY, for sure. Just remember to take care!


    Kristopher Diss

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  20. Hate to see that you were wounded in the process of producing this DIY blog post! but it turned out great, love the paper!

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  21. Looks great!! Love the way the 2 things carry the theme through. Sorry about your finger though. I hope it is feeling easier now? Joan

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  22. I LOVE the matching hook rack!! But OUCH! hope the finger is better. And great find, I bet the paper is so much better than the mirrored look. :)

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  23. Oh no1 You and I definitely should hang out with each other :) They look fantastic! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations weekend.

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  24. The cabinet and hook rack both look so beautiful! Love how they turned out. Oh and your poor finger...ouch
    Saw you sharing at Funky Junk's SNS
    Debbie :)

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  25. What a creative use of scrap paper! It is absolutely adorable, regardless of blood blisters. As my husband would say, better than getting bedsores by lying around on the couch all day :)

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  26. Ouch is right! :o(

    Love the look, turned out great.

    in response to your question:

    I haven't ordered the jig set.....so I'm not much help....yet.

    What kind of clamps do you have?

    I have the regular kind that you twist tight and I have some pump action clamps

    http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-24-in-bar-clamp/p-00931486000P?vName=Hand+Tools&cName=Vises%2C+Clamps+%26+Stands&sName=Clamps&prdNo=2&blockNo=2&blockType=L2

    If you're having problems, we might have to go for kreg clamps

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  28. This little project turned out so great! I'm still not great at figuring out the angles, that's where Drew helps me. But, once HE figures it out... I'm a sawing fool!

    And yes, caulk is our friend!

    XO

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  29. Hi Anne! Thanks for visiting Mrs. White Twig & Tea. I love the bathroom cabinet and the paper you chose for the hooks. Super cute! -Angela

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  30. Hello, new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/10/upcycled-chicken-coop-clever-chicks.html

    I hope to see you there!
    Cheers!
    Kathy
    The Chicken Chick

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  31. You've got style - maybe you can create a matching band-aid!
    Kelly

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  32. Love how you decorated this cabinet with scrapbook paper! Take care of your boo-boo :)

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  33. loving your cabinet and hooks! sooo cute!
    ouch! is right! I've had one piece get away from me, and now I hold on tight, always!
    hope your finger is all better by now!
    gail

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  34. Anne, I just wanna thank you again so much for the vote on Apartment Therapy, your kind gesture means the world to me!

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  35. It looks fab Anne! I love anything with a vintage feel especially in the bathroom. Thanx for partying at my place lady!

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  36. Very nice look. The cabinet is lovely.

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  37. What a difference your special touches made to this cabinet! I love it and the hooks are so handy to have, too! Great job!

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  38. Love the way the shelf and hook rack look!!! I love vintage and the two together fit so nicely!!

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  39. So very cute! Love what you did with both the cabinet and the hooks. Great job!

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  40. Great idea - makes a fabulous statement!

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  41. So awesome as are all your creations! Hugs and thanks for sharing! : )

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  42. Anne, Thanks so much for sharing "A Vintage Look for the Bathroom" on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love both projects and the paper is so pretty! Always love having you visit!

    Jody

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  43. Oh, wow! You did a really fantastic job. This cabinet and hook set look wonderful. I guess I better see how I can use my scrapbook paper in my stash. :-)

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  44. Great job! I love what you did to your cabinet.

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  45. It’s lovely and so vintage-y! A cute and clever way to revamp a bathroom essential. Another trick you can try which never fails to give a vintage feel to any room is using chalk paint. It’s easy and cheap too! ;)

    - Gabrielle Jeromy

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  46. Cute, cute, cute Anne! I love the wallpaper wrapping idea. Sweet little storage cabinet :)

    Have a great week!
    Deborah

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  47. Wow- fantastic! I love the cabinet above the hook - just like a regular home dressing place !
    snh tradecentre

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