I somehow, accidentally, on purpose, made over our master bathroom the other week. These things tend to happen when the Mr. goes out of town for the week. I like to make poor life choices like leftover pizza for breakfast, staying up til 3 am watching Gilmore Girls, and taking on huge building projects, because he’s not here to complain…hehehe.
Although technically I had kinda, sorta run it by him while he was half asleep several months ago (the best time to have important life conversations I find), I’ll explain further in the next few weeks when I share the whole makeover, but today let’s talk cabinets!
When building a house one of the most expensive items in your budget tends to be cabinetry. There are so many fun options and beautiful things you can do. Unfortunately when we built 5 years ago we were on a tight budget and after our initial cabinet price came back (and I had a good cry, while the Mr. passed out) we had to cut and slash all fun things and go with the basic option. Slowly over the past 5 years I’ve made some changes to the cabinetry to make it more custom, like adding the glass cabinets above the kitchen cabinets (see here). It was finally time for the master bathroom to get it’s turn. Here’s the before –
Our bathroom is very long and narrow and we have a huge vanity. It’s 11 ft long and I was giddy with the idea of so much storage and so many drawers. So giddy that I didn’t really take into consideration that we didn’t really have that much bathroom stuff, despite my current 6o zillion tubes of mascara. Also that it would look like a big blah wall of cabinets. After the last 5 years of the bottom drawers sitting empty I just decided to up and rip them out.
I wanted it to look more open like those beautiful custom looking furniture pieces with the cute baskets from Pottery Barn.
All I did was remove the drawer faces, unscrew the drawer tracks and fill in the holes. Of course now I needed to paint everything since the inside of the cabinets weren’t walnut. I was so ready for a lighter color in here! Truth be told this dark espresso color just felt a little too formal for the rest of our house and the other truth be told Buddy attacked one of the cabinets and it had huge scratches on it so it looked pretty cruddy anyways. Some of you may take issue with me painting practically brand new walnut cabinets (some of you may refer to the Mr. as well, ahem) but they were so dinged up and marked up they looked awful (the before photo above was when they were brand new and shiny!). I’ll tell you I never realized that white cabinetry would clean up SO much better than dark. You can see every single finger print and scratch on them.
Next I added these little feet to keep working toward that unique piece of furniture look. I picked up these bun feet from Lowes, I think they were about $5 each? I then screwed them into square pieces of wood I cut from some scrap wood in the garage.
They weren’t quite tall enough to meet up with the bottom of our cabinets on their own. I just used my nail gun to secure them to the cabinets through the top.
I found these baskets that fit perfect in my openings at Target. The middle opening I stacked with a bunch of our extra towels which is nice because it made some extra room in the linen closet for non pretty things I want to hide. Now the baskets house my curling irons and blowdryers and we actually use them. Well, the Mr.’s is still empty but at least it looks pretty!
I can’t wait to show you the rest of the room soon, I’m just shopping for a few finishing touches yet! Can you believe what a difference a little paint and rearranging makes?