When we bought our house last summer there was absolutely no storage in the bathroom. For a girl who has so many lotions and potions this needed to be resolved quickly! Our little red brick house was built in 1907 and has a cute cottage-like charm but the last owners had pretty much kept it a blank canvas. It was really important to me that our renovations injected the character back into the property. This included putting in thee traditional fireplaces and furnishing in our own eclectic, cool country style – we both love a mix of old and new. We were lucky enough to have a roll top bath and classic white bathroom suite already in place so the hunt was on to find something fitting to match. This proved harder than we thought!
I love to shop but when you’ve looked at nearly ever home department store, bath and DIY store and still can’t find what you want it takes the pleasure out of the experience! We found that most stores only stock contemporary chrome or high gloss units and the wood options we were after were often budget units of poor quality. So we decided to check out our local vintage/antique warehouse, Molly’s Den (I plan to do a blog post about this treasure trove very soon!). This is where I discovered this beautiful pine unit which I reckon was originally the top of a corner dresser or a kitchen cabinet. Priced at £30 I knew I could turn it into just what we wanted!
To start, I gave it a good sand down followed by a coat of primer. Once dry, I gave it two coats of eggshell white paint. Even though I love to look upon all my beauty products I knew I was never going to be able to keep them all tidy behind the glass so I used some frosted film I ordered online from Purlfrost – the pattern I chose was called Oxford. This film is really easy to apply as it is adhesive free; all you need to do it spritz the back of it with water and slide it onto the glass, pushing out any trapped bubbles with a credit card. If you get it wrong you can just peel it off and try again. They even have a YouTube tutorial to show you how!
The final cost of the unit including the paint and film came in at around £50. I know I would never had been able to purchase anything at that price in the shops. I love my upcycled bathroom cabinet and it just goes to show what you can achieve with a little DIY.
Have you upcycled anything recently? Let me know! I’d also love to hear whether you think I should change the door knob of my cabinet? I fancy putting on a ceramic or glass knob but I love the wood too! What do you think?