Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Window Storage


One of the first rooms that I began to demo was the half bath/laundry room. Originally there was a large cabinet with sink. The drawers on the cabinet would fall out every time you opened them, the woodwork was dark and the whole thing overwhelmed the room. I choose to replace it with a pedestal sink. I love pedestal sinks! They open up a small area because they don't take too much floor space and,in my opinion, they ooze with style and class. However, there was two drawbacks to my decision: 1- I would have to tile the floor where the cabinet was, and 2- I would need a place to store all of the necessities that are required in a bathroom.
Tiling the floor was easy. I had already taught myself how when I did my first cabinet tear out in the kitchen. We were fortunate enough to have boxes of left over tile when we bought the house. It's tricky to match someone else's tile job, especially when they did it the old fashioned way using mesh screen instead of cement board. The advantage is that I now know two techniques for tiling. A girl can never have too much home improvement knowledge!
To solve the lack of storage, we built this cute little cabinet using an old window as the door. I painted and distressed it so that it has the look of something that you'd find in a great-great-grandmother's home. As you can see, it fits perfectly next to the sink and is just the right size for holding bathroom essentials.

10 comments:

Marie said...

That cabinet is so great! What a wonderful idea to use a window for the door! I had a few old windows hanging around for awhile that I didn't really know what to do with. I wish I'd thought of that!

Tausha said...

What a great idea! I have a ton of old windows and a batroom redo in the near future. I will have to show my hubby your great ideas-maybe we can add that to our home also. Although-I would need a way bigger cupboard! I have way too much stuff!!!! Thanks again for the idea!!

Mrs. B said...

Hi Joy! That cabinet is so cute! I love seeing your furniture projects. I agree, pedestal sinks are the way to go for small bathrooms. We put one in when we redid our small downstairs bath, and it made a huge difference! I admit thought that I like a big bank of cabinets for my master bath though because I've got too much stuff there!

Kimba said...

What a fantastic way to use an old window! I love it. I'm bookmarking this post of yours so I can come back to it later when I'm ready to make some storage cabinets.

Thanks!

Blanca said...

Wow, that cabinet does look like a vintage piece. One of these days I will own a saw and build my own furniture. I have been asking my husband for a miter saw for years. Not sure when he will give in.

Blanca

Bonnie said...

Really, really cute. My mom has a miniscule bathroom and it needs to be redone desperatly. I might try that Idea.

Susie Harris said...

So nice,clean and crisp! I love your box of grass. I have been searching for something like that. I will find some one day. You go girl on the tile... who said girls cant get their hands dirty. Susie H

Susie Harris said...

Thanks Joy for that tip on the grass. I have some here at home already. Didnt think to bunch it all together. Guess I will have to pull GeGe (glue gun) out and put some together. Thanks girlfriend! Susie H

megan said...

I just stumbled upon your blog, it's very inviting. I am enjoying reading it. You are so smart for doing your own tiling and being happy about it! That cabinet is darling!! I would love one for myself!

Bettsi McComb said...

I love this! I also love how you left the large mirror instead of replacing it with a small oval. This gives a real "designer look" to your vignette, I think. You could always put a cute empty frame over the big mirror directly over your beautiful pedestal sink.

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