Bathroom Cabinet Nail Polish Makeover

I'm teaming up with a few talented friends to share some recent projects we've been working on all involving thrifted, found, and repurposed items! This is such a creative group and I very much enjoyed seeing how they transformed their finds into things that can be used and enjoyed again. Be sure to check out their projects at the bottom of this post!

I spotted this little $12 cabinet in a thrift shop about six months ago. It didn't really go with my decor and I wasn't sure where I would put it, but something about it stuck out to me and I brought it home. There were several times I almost painted it or thought I'd figured out what to do with it, but then I'd start to doubt and it would go back into storage. Then I started redecorating my bathroom.

Our bathroom came with beachy, aqua walls, a small, art-deco style mirror, and a standard, white cabinet. It wasn't a bad bathroom, but it wasn't my style. I found a beautiful, yellow shower curtain that became my inspiration for the space. My decor style is usually pretty neutral, but I knew I wanted to go a little bolder with this space. I chose a vibrant, dark peacock blue for the walls and swapped the mirror for a larger, gold one with a more vintage style.

I originally planned to leave the white cabinet or maybe paint it, but once I hung the new mirror, it was clear both pieces couldn't stay. Together they took up the entire wall and made the bathroom feel small and cramped. The cabinet had to go, but I still wanted some element of storage in the space. This bathroom has a lovely pedestal sink which doesn't provide much in the way of storage. I immediately thought back to the little green cabinet. The colors were all wrong, but that's an easy enough thing to change, right?

I started by removing the hardware and paining the cabinet the same color as the bathroom wall (Sailor's Coat by PPG Paints). I feel like this little cabinet is quite the statement item, but I wanted my shower curtain to remain the star of the show so I needed to tone this piece down a little, yet show off its beauty at the same time. Matching the cabinet's color to the wall also helped hide its small size and awkward positioning on the wall. (I had to choose between centering it above the toilet or centering it between the shower and mirror.) I added a little Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff here and there to help the cabinet stand out just a little from the wall and tie in the vintage look going on in the rest of the room.