Numbered Bathroom Cabinet

A few weeks ago I got a request from a close friend for a custom piece for their main bathroom.  They’re remodeling this spring and wanted a special storage piece for the room.  While custom pieces do have their own set of challenges, it’s always fun to give someone a unique piece that fits perfectly in their home and this piece is no different.


I started looking for a piece that would fit their bathroom and actually found this piece only a few days into my search.  I bought the cabinet through Craigslist and the seller said that it had been painted several times, so I knew I was in for a bit of work!

I used chemical stripper on the cabinet top and drawers.  I had to do 3 separate coats because there was so much paint to take off.  I think there was white, red, some weird metallic silver finish, and ivory.  It was crazy!  I just sanded the rest of the piece smooth since I knew I wasn’t going to stain it.  It didn’t need to be perfect, just needed to be smoothed down.

white cabinet dresser

After prepping the piece for a couple days, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Coco for the body and the numbers and Minwax Dark Walnut stain for the top and drawers.  I finished the entire piece off with clear wax.




Did you notice my fun vintage locker basket?  My husband found it on Ebay and bought two of them for me as a birthday gift.  They are actually out of a high school in Detroit, which gives them special meaning to us since we live close to the city.  I’ve been wanting locker baskets forever, so I’m so glad to have these now!




I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the numbers for the drawers.  Once they were cut out, I traced them with a white colored pencil and then filled them in with ASCP in the same color as the body of the cabinet.  I applied one coat of paint on the numbers and then lightly distressed them with sandpaper.





I can’t wait for my friend to put the cabinet in her newly remodeled bathroom!  I hope she and her family enjoy it as much as I do … ’cause, really, I kinda want to just kidnap it and not let her have it anymore because I like it so much!  :) 


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  1. SO cute! love the color combo!

  2. Great piece, I love how it turned out. Hugs, Marty

  3. Wow that is gorgeous!!!! Awesome job!! Is chalk paint easier to work with than milk paint? I used milk paint and after two coats it is too see through. Thanks :)

    • Thank you!! I’ve actually never used milk paint, so I’m not really sure about the coverage. Chalk paint is pretty thick, so it can usually cover with one to two coats. I had to use three coats on the sides of this piece to cover what was underneath, though. A big factor in coverage is the color that you are covering up. If you are covering a dark color with a light color, or vice versa, it can take more coats to completely cover that color. I hope that all makes sense! Best of luck!

    • If you mixed the milk paint (MMSMP), you probably had it too diluted.

  4. Seriously?!?! SO so so cute! I love how perfect it turned out and I think I might just like it a little more just because of what it looked like to begin with! Ohh you are really making me wish I lived in MI still!

  5. Wow! It turned out so pretty! so full of character and it! You did an awesome job!
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  6. Chelsea @ Making Home Base says:

    Oh Allison, I loveee this piece! The wood and coco combo is gorgeous! And I adore those vintage locker basket.

  7. This turned out stunning, Allison! I love the stained wood/paint combo and those locker baskets are great!! I might have to look around for some!
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  8. I am in LOVE!!
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  9. This is so sweet. :) Love the Coco and wood together!
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  10. Turned out super cute!!

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  11. looooove this! You always amaze me! Where are those linens from? I love them!!
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    • Thanks Liz! You’re gonna crack up…the “linens” are actually rags I use to wax/buff furniture! Haha! Believe me, I was surprised when I opened the box and saw such cool “rags”! They’re almost identical to dish towels sold at IKEA, so if you like them, you could look there. I just rolled a bunch together to make them look thicker than they are. And now everyone knows my secret! ;)

  12. What a fabulous job you did – and it’s the perfect size for a bathroom – just love it!
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  13. I have those same dish towels from IKEA!!! LOVE them!!! Ok, so just wanted to say that I LOVE this!!! It is so precious!!! As always, you did an amazing job!! HUGS!!!!
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  14. So pretty!

  15. Turned out beautifully! Love that you exposed the wood and just painted the rest. Great storage solution!
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  16. Love, love, love this cabinet. Obsessed with typeography right now.

  17. What a wonderful job! I love it!
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  18. I LOVE this, Allison! The combo of wood and coco paint color is stunning – and those vintage locker baskets are so neat!
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  19. What a great transformation! I’d love for you to share it at the Pinworthy Projects party Friday!
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  20. Absolutely adorable! You did such a nice job!

  21. LOVE this dresser!! Well done ;)
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  22. Gorgeous! I love the use of chalk color and stain that you used. This piece is elegant serenity. Lovely. Just lovely! I am sure your friend will adore it! Amazing work. :)
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  23. Turned out beautiful! Great job!
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  24. Wow – it’s gorgeous! I love the two-tone look with the paint and the stain. Adding the numbers was a fun idea, too. Looked like a lot of work but it definitely paid off! Nice job!

    Visiting from the Liz Marie link party. :)
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  25. I LOVE THIS!! Perfect!!! I am dying to done paint and stain mix.

  26. Just saw this on The Shabby Creek Cottage party and it’s beautiful. I love the combo of paint and wood. recently posted…Pallet Heart ArtMy Profile

  27. Ohh I love this so much! I have several pieces of furniture that need a makeover and I think I just found what I will do!!! Love love love the paint color too!!

  28. Visiting from MMS FFF. So pretty! I recently finished a dresser with numbered drawers for my son’s room: Funny thing, I am in the process of redoing an attic bathroom that has an alcove for a narrow tall storage piece such as this. I still have the companion piece lingerie chest to the dresser which I can use. Pinning this for future reference. Thanks for the inspiration.

  29. OhEmGee! I love it! The way it looked before to how it looks now is amazballs! Seriously! And I love that you added the numbers, they just topped it off! Great re-do!! :)
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  30. Hi there!

    I found your blog at the Craftberry Bush and I love your work :) Thanks for sharing this project!
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  31. lurv it!!!!!!
    Great Job!!!!

  32. I love the colors! It is soooooo pretty!
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  33. This is gorgeous! You did a fabulous job as usual. Have a great weekend!
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

  34. Hi Allison! I’m so glad I stopped over.
    Your cabinet is such a nice piece. The paint palette is wonderful with simple letter and hardware detail.
    Love it!

  35. This is gorgeous! Love that you kept some of the wood finish! I have really enjoyed looking around your blog and following along now. Have a great week!
    Jenn :)
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  36. Cute! I love the stain you chose and that shade of paint looks great too!

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  37. Love your dresser. It is so beautiful. Love the distressing and the font for the numbers is perfect. What a great piece. Coming over from the link party!
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  38. LOVE the combo of paint, wood, and numbers! This is one great looking piece! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.

  39. It all looks lovely! Happy Monday wishes, xo
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  40. Love this Allison! You go girl! Just saw your amazing table over at Anne Marie’s! Thank you so much for inspiring me today!

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  41. What a fantastic project. It looks amazing. I love the numbers and the old locker basket. I have been looking for a set like that for ages.

  42. Another gorgeous makeover!!! Sharing on FB. Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

  43. stunning! the color combo is perfection!
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  44. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured tonight!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow night for Make the Scene Monday #64!
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  45. Love every detail – mix of wood and paint and those darling numbers. Cutest bathroom storage ever! Sharing a link back in tomorrow’s DIY highlights. Thanks for sharing, Allison!
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  46. What a beautiful piece of furniture! I have painted several pieces, but I have never tried stain. I might have to give it a go! Life to the full, Melissa
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  47. Allison! I love this guy! Thanks so much for linking him up to Monday Funday! I featured you today so please stop by to grab a feature button! xoxo – Cheryl
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  48. This piece is absolutely beautiful! I love it and the the stain color with the Coco is just perfect. Love the numbers too. Well done!

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  49. I cannot tell you how much I like your cabinet. The dark stain really pops.
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  50. Oh I absolutely love this!
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  51. Thanks for sharing these vanity ideas for bathroom. The numbered cabinet is really a good idea.

  52. This is so beautiful! I love the contrast of colors
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  53. This is amazing! Fabulous job. Thanks for sharing the stain that you used…I have been wanting to stain some pieces in that exact look but wasn’t sure which one to go with. So thanks!
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  54. Really like it. Awesome job.
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