I already have plenty of personality. You may have noticed. But… the cabinet I scored at The Salvation Army needed a little help in the personality department. Actually it was pretty cute on its own, especially for $6.99, and I didn’t do a darn thing to it, not even paint it! It even came with the mounting hardware! What? I think my mom told me it was one of her favorite things in my house. Or maybe it was her favorite second-hand find. Can’t remember. Too lazy to ask her.
Now, I’m not really sure if it was supposed to be a medicine cabinet, but I don’t think so. It has a glass front, with a latch on the side, and the thing looks pretty old. I actually wrote about buying the little cabinet a few years back, shocking, I know.
I hung the cabinet above the toilet in our guest bathroom as soon as I brought it home. And you know that never happens! I usually think about hanging things for months before I do it. #slacker
The cabinet is the only thing going back into the remodeled bathroom. Seriously. New shower (tile, floor, fixtures), new toilet, vanity, sink, faucet, light switches, walls (got planked), floor, light, exhaust fan, garbage can, EVERYTHING was replaced, except for that cabinet. Wait… I just realized I didn’t buy a new toilet bowl brush, but let’s pretend I didn’t remember that.
But before I could hang the cabinet back on the wall, I gave her a little face lift. The real reason is I painted the walls white and the cabinet was already white and I really didn’t want to paint the cabinet. Not only because I’m lazy, but it just seems so nice and authentic the way it is. Besides I think I added way more personality using decoupage anyway.
I know you sweat my mad styling skills. These accessories look great, don’ they!? I’m more of a builder, than a styler. It is what it is.
How to Add Personality with Decoupage
1. Decide WHAT you are going to add, like what kind of paper or fabric, and decide WHERE you are going to add it. I used 1 sheet of wrapping paper from Paper Source, the print is Mint Floral. One sheet was $5.99, and although I would never spend that much money to wrap a gift (because I am way too cheap for that), I thought it was an excellent investment to spruce up my wall cabinet. BTW – I used the same paper as drawer liner for the sink vanity.
2. Before you start decoupaging, take a minute to make sure the surface is clean and dry, and relatively smooth.
3. Cut the paper to fit. In all honesty, I did a piss poor job of cutting, but I was in a rush and I told myself I was going for a authentic vintage look anyway. It works.
4. Add a liberal amount of decoupage (I used Mod Podge) to the surface with a paintbrush. Make it nice and even, with no globs and no bare spots, but more is better than less. Immediately apply the paper on top of the Mod Podge, and smooth the heck out of it. Get all the air bubbles out and make it look nice and pretty.
5. Let it dry 15-20 minutes!
6. Add a top coat of Mod Podge, let dry and repeat until you’re satisfied. I did only 2 coats because nothing was going to be placed on my decoupage surface. I would have added more if it were the bottom of a tray or something.
Hubby was away when it was time to hang the cabinet, and who the heck knows where Smart Jr was, so I had my 3rd string assistant help me out. In case you were ever wondering, a 7-year-old with pneumonia can still hold a cabinet up while mommy runs to get longer screws.
Not sure which Mod Podge to use? Mod Podge Rocks offers a Formula Guide to help you out with that! Who knew?