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Sunday, March 1, 2015

DIY Shutter From A Bathroom Medicine Cabinet

DIY Shutter From A Bathroom Medicine Cabinet Door Using Homemade Chalk Paint
Imagine my excitement a few weeks ago when I found out they were opening a Habitat Restore in my town!  OMG!  I was so excited I could hardly wait for them to open and was there just after the doors were unlocked! If you have never ventured into a Restore, go!  NOW!  And go often as the inventory is always changing.  I picked up several things on my first trip.  One was this wooden louvered door medicine cabinet.
DIY Shutter From A Bathroom Medicine Cabinet Door Using Homemade Chalk Paint
I have been on the lookout for some small shutters but have been denied ever finding any.  When I saw this medicine cabinet my motto came into play.  It is not what it is, but what it can be!  In fact, I was so excited I forgot to take a photo of the full cabinet.  I had already taken the door off and put the metal box in the recycle trash and it was on the truck before I realized my bloggy mistake! 
DIY Shutter From A Bathroom Medicine Cabinet Door Using Homemade Chalk Paint
Anywho, for the price I paid, I was more than happy with my purchase!
DIY Shutter From A Bathroom Medicine Cabinet Door Using Homemade Chalk Paint
Of course, I couldn't leave it in its dark stained state.  Plus, I have been wanting to show my MIL the wonders of chalk paint.  So, I gathered my materials and we gave it a new look.
DIY Shutter From A Bathroom Medicine Cabinet Door Using Homemade Chalk Paint
A few years ago I had transformed a thrifted nightstand with homemade chalk paint and you can find the recipe for the chalk paint in that post. I find it to be so simple to use and I love the finish it creates once you give it a coat of finishing wax. Linda, my MIL, just loved helping me and can't wait to give new life to a project of her own once she finds her own home!
DIY Shutter From A Bathroom Medicine Cabinet Door Using Homemade Chalk Paint
Once we had painted on two coats of the chalk paint and wax, and distressed some spots with a sanding sponge, I decided my shutter needed something more. So, I took a few yellowed pages from a very used dictionary I had, tore them some and glued them to the top and bottom of the shutter.
DIY Shutter From A Bathroom Medicine Cabinet Door Using Homemade Chalk Paint

DIY Shutter From A Bathroom Medicine Cabinet Door Using Homemade Chalk Paint
Complete and utter love!  
DIY Shutter From A Bathroom Medicine Cabinet Door Using Homemade Chalk Paint

DIY Shutter From A Bathroom Medicine Cabinet Door Using Homemade Chalk Paint
It is exactly what the small wall above the TV alcove needed! Total spent?  I already had the paint, plaster of paris and brushes on hand so, just $5.00 for the cabinet! My kind of thrifty decor for sure!  Remember, I said earlier I picked up "several items" at the Restore that day. You'll have to keep checking back to see what else I found to make over! You're gonna love it! 

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28 comments:

  1. Love it! What a great idea to use the dictionary pages! It is so cute!

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  2. Kathe! Love it and how it looks there in the alcove! I have a cedar chest I want to paint so I may try your recipe for chalk paint this spring.

    Linda

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  3. Kathe that is really cute! You are so creative!

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  4. Beautiful! I love the transformation.

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  5. Love the Restore - we have one quite close but, I always forget to go there,( head slap, duh! ) This transformation is really cute Kathe. Great job! Cathy

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  6. You are always so creative!

    I have never been to (or even heard of) a Restore, but now if I ever come across one I will duck in!

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  7. I love it!! The book pages made all the difference.

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  8. Oh, I LOVE ReStores! Sadly, the nearest one to us is in the city, two hours away. Very cute use of the pages.

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  9. Great project Kathe! Now I need to find one of those to make for me. LOL

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  10. Hi Kathe. I love Restores, too. I have found some treasures in the one near us, including a lovely Victorian chandy for the enclosed side porch. Your medicine cabinet front is super! Great job. Susan

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  11. You're so dang creative Kathe, love it!

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Texas

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  12. Love how you dressed it up with the torn book pages. You are so clever.

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  13. Great find Kathe and love how you dressed it up. Restore rocks!

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  14. So cute and cost efficient- what a great idea, thank you for sharing.

    I stopped by from Tuesday at Our Home.

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  15. I have a restore right down the road from me and have yet to venture in. I think I will need to do that very soon! Thank you for sharing your shutter with us at Merry Monday!

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  16. Well, aren't you the clever one! Five dollars and a dream. And look what you made. You're right. It was meant to go in that spot.
    I'm going to have to get a handle on this chalk paint thing that's so popular. I'm going to your nightstand post right now.

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  17. So adorable! I'm pretty sure that the ReStore staff will know you by name very soon, Kathe. Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party at Organized 31.

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  18. I love the transformation! I've never tried the plaster of Paris method, but it looks great, and the pages are a nice extra touch. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday. :)

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  19. What a cute idea! I love the look of these shutters, and it made a great addition to your bathroom. Plus it was so inexpensive! Thanks for sharing this idea with Hump Day Happenings.

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  20. I have a shutter I found last fall, haven't been able to figure out what to do with it. Guess I just figured it out! Thanks Budde!

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  21. I'm loving this! You always bring such amazing things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7. I can't wait! Lou Lou Girls

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  22. Super cute Kathe! I love shutters and am always on the look out for them. I picked one up for $5 similar to yours a while back and painted it white. Been a great back drop when I shoot photos. I want some tall ones. Actually have found a pair twice but both times it was when I was not able to get them home. Maybe next time. lol! thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  23. Hi Cathe,
    This came out so cute. I'm so happy to see you this week. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party.
    Have a great week and I look forward to seeing what you you have for this week's party.
    Debi

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