I wanted a little cupboard to fit in our en-suite bathroom for some storage. One day we were out on a thrifting trip and I stumbled across one that was almost identical to one that I had seen on Pinterest. Of course I grabbed it, took it home and then refinished to fit into the space.
This was the before. First I prepped it by sanding back the old paint. I also decided that I wanted to remove the piece of wood at the back just because I preferred the look of it without it. I also sanded the top of the piece to remove any marks and leave a clean finish.
Once the surface was prepped I used two coats of chalk paint in Paris Grey.
I used two coats of clear wax to seal. I applied this with a sponge and buffed with a lint free cloth after each coat.
For the top I applied polyvine decorators varnish to the unfinished wood. I added a drawer liner to add a nice detail to the inside of the drawer to finish it off.
This was the finished look! However, I initially had painted the hardware and then decided that I wanted to turn that back to metal. So I removed the chalk paint to revert it back to its original state.
The top of the piece held up well initially but eventually the surface came
away which led to some
watermark damage. I decided to remove the old protective coating (polyvine decorators varnish) and apply a few coats of polycrylic instead since I knew this would withstand splashes.
I removed the coating of sealant with my sander and also with a coarse sandpaper by hand.
I followed this with a fine grit to smooth our any fine lines.
Sanding removed all the watermarks from the damage caused by water splashes.
This time I used polycrylic to seal since I knew this would be splash proof.
I applied several thin coats using a thin paintbrush, allowing to dry in between coats.
This is an updated picture with the changes I made. I love how functional this piece is and how well it fits right into that little space. It’s so fun to have an actual piece of furniture in a bathroom rather than built in cabinets since we didn’t have any anyway. But this piece added in some character and finished off the room perfectly.
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~ Rachel ♡