i’m calling this post — do it yourself, but better. if you follow along here often you know i’m not the best at diy projects. sure, i can paint a wall, or repurpose a piece of furniture. but actually make something? not so much. i’m just not that good at it. but this week i enlisted the assistance of my new marketing editor (everyone, meet jeannine – more about her fabulousness later) and we created more of a laugh-fest than any real diy instruction for you. but hey, it came out okay. i don’t need perfection and we had fun doing it (badly). so here you go.
i was inspired by anna at door sixteen’s awesome (and very well done) medicine cabinet. she is precise and patient. i am not. so follow anna’s instruction and ignore mine (or lack thereof). i picked up this ikea ÄTRAN medicine cabinet and the idea was to emulate (i.e. copy) anna’s cool swiss cross cabinet and add a painted swiss cross in gray. my bathroom has no existing built-in cabinet for the all-important make-up storage, so here is my attempt at creating one. i like it. it’s functional, and almost as cool as anna’s. not quite, but now i don’t have my personal arsenal of make-up hanging out for all to see. here’s the ‘after’ — the ‘before’ or ‘during’ would just make you laugh. so, instead of wasting your time with our inept instructions, i’ll just share a peek at the finished product, and my new bathroom (the best part of which may be that it is no longer pink & blue). diy, bb.
the bathroom was in good basic shape with a nice sink – but we painted over dark walls with sherwin williams emerald white (which has amazing hide if you are painting over a darker color). and added some new schoolhouse electric franklin cage fixtures. i added my trusty ikea fräck mirror which i’ve had forever and a vintage mirror i picked up at the flea market.
i added a vintage medical table which i also found at the flea market and have had forever. and some vintage glass and metal jars where i stash my cotton balls, q-tips and make-up brushes and tools of the trade. i also got some great charcoal gray bath towels at ross, dress for less. and yes, they were less.
i also added an ikea PS cabinet for additional storage, hung another vintage mirror (there seems to be a pattern here — i clearly like old mirrors) and a vintage wire locker basket to store bath towels. and lastly below, i added a few more flea market finds – vintage paintings and a photograph of a woman wearing a blue bathing suit. i wonder if she knows she’s hanging in my bathroom now. i doubt it, poor soul.