Monday, February 2, 2009

It's All Out in the Open

As promised, here is the before and after reveal I first told you about last week. After a year of looking at this nasty medicine cabinet every day, I decided it was time to rip and replace! Jared was busy playing X-Box at the time, so I took it upon myself to remove the old mirrored cabinet and dream up a fresh solution using mostly all materials we already had in the house.

Here's the ugly before; (note the ugly rust stain on the bottom!)

And here is a photo of what was exposed when I removed the cabinet. A perfect canvas to create something new!

Remember how much I love the concept of open storage? Well, I convinced Jared to put down the X-Box controller and try sawing something other than "Locust Horde" (don't act like you ladies haven't caught your guy playing Gears of War 2). He was quick to jump onboard when I explained my idea... I think it had something to do with the fact that he saw an opportunity to buy a new saw at Home Depot. So after a quick trip to the hardware store to get a few materials and a week of measuring, cutting, gluing, nailing, painting, and lots of dusting, we created this!

Open storage in the bathroom:
We used drywall that was leftover from a previous improvement project and reused the glass shelves from the old mirrored cabinet. The only new materials that we had to buy included the trim to frame our the drywall and the cove trim to support the shelves. (Which together cost under $15)
We painted the sides and trim in a white semi-gloss but used Benjamin Moore's Yarmouth Blue (which is the wall color in the bathroom) on the back to make it look as if it's been there forever.Not only does this remodel look better... it makes grabbing q-tips and cotton balls a breeze! Hmmm.... what's next on the agenda? I'm seeing a new mirror and lights in this room in the near future!!!

9 comments:

Alysa said...

erica... LOVE IT!! so impressed : )

Mrs.D said...

love love love it!!! thanks for sharing...

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Saw your makeover over at This Young House and loved it. Great job! :-)

SoBella Creations said...

Saw your makeover at This Young House. Wanted to say Great Job!

The Lavender Lily said...

I also saw your DIY project at This Young House...I have been wanting to replace my bathroom medicine cabinet and now I am inspired to make it open shelved just like yours! Well done!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

This is beautiful! Well done.

Monica @ Writer Chic said...

So impressive and chic, to boot!

Annie said...

I saw your makeup in the new space! I {heart} BE too!

Oh -- and your makeover is incredible too!

:0)

sooz said...

i realized today i can no longer live with our medicine cabinet...and was trying to figure out how to turn into open shelves...and the came across this makeover. it is FANTASTIC! i can't wait to do it! i hope my hubby is on board :)