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.

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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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    • Allison says

      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!

  1. 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.

    • Allison says

      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! 😉

  2. says

    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. :)

  3. says

    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!!

  4. says

    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 :)

  5. says

    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!

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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

  8. says

    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!

    • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says

      I probably used 1 or 2 coats of stain, Julie. I did strip the white paint with chemical stripper and sanded with an orbital sander, too! It was a pain! 😉

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