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Ok so you know on Wednesday when I posted my Roadkill Rescue Vision post?  Do you remember what my #1 piece of advice was?  No?  Ok click here and read it….Yes, I will wait for you.

Waiting……

Still waiting….

{twiddling thumbs,looking at the clock}

{getting nervous you are not coming back}

Hello??

Oh good, there you are!

You are back…great. Hi again! So did you read it? Since I adhere to those beliefs I usually approach projects with a relentless abandonment. Go big or go home is usually my mantra. So I had a brilliant idea.

I decided to paint my master bedroom vanity.  We have those crapastic oak and laminate cabinets that are standard in so many houses. 

DSC05972IMG_0687 So I removed the doors and started to prep the surface. To add a little interest, I added some textured “tin tile” paintable wallpaper into the inset of the cabinets.IMG_0315After I caulked the edges and primed the whole thing I painted them cream.  I loved how the texture of the wallpaper looked.  They were turning out wonderfully…so far..

Then I “gave myself the freedom to fail.”  And boy did I give myself a freedom.  I thought glazing them would make the tin tile pop.  So I decided to go for a shimmery gray glaze.  Up close they looked pretty good.IMG_0768So I went “a-glazing” and painted everything.  I liked how the doors turned out.  But then I started glazing the actual base I wasn’t convinced that it looked great.  But I wanted to see my project through to completion thinking that once everything was in place it would look wonderful {wishful thinking}.IMG_0774IMG_0775Do you notice a similarity?  Yes these are making a comeback but not in my world!

Instead of making the tin tile pop it totally made it look muted.  Ugh…yuck…blech….ewwwww! 

I am still thinking through my options.  Repaint.  Reglaze with a different color. Live with it for a while.

But my advice was actually tested this week.  And what did I lose?

Yes…a little time.

Sure…a little pride (that never hurts to lose)

Yep…a little paint.

But in the end we’ll make it work and it will look fabulous. {wishful thinking}

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22 Comments

  1. How about just painting the tile part a darker shade of gray….that would really look good I think….I like the look myself.

  2. you are just so courageous! & you are my hero for boldly going where the rest of us are afraid to go, hah!

    (i was just saying 10 min. ago to my hubby that we should paint our bathroom cabinets that are very blonde builder grade blah)

    how bout if you used some rub 'n buff on it all? you've gone this far, might as well keep at it!

    go beckie, go beckie, go beckie!

  3. Beckie,
    you're right, up close they look great! I would never have thought to compare them with washed jeans. LOL you're silly!
    I don't have much advice, cause I'm no expert. My guess would be to use a darker glaze? Whatever you do, I know you won't stop until you LOVE it!
    good luck, keep us posted!
    gail

  4. I usually just go for it too and always say "it's just paint". My husband just MADE me practice a project before I jumped in an ruined something. lol It seems to be going well but it is time consuming just on the practice…time's a wastin'. But, I know it's for the best.

    I know you'll figure something out for your vanity too. I really love the insets and the glaze. I have plain old built-in cabinet doors and I've been wanting to do something similar. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    R

  5. teehee…stone washed cabinets! too funny, sorry it didn't quite work out! But you are so talented and they'll be lookin "rad" again in no time! 🙂

  6. Ummm… that looks like a lot of time to me… but knowing how you knock out projects in fractions of minutes compared to the rest of us craft-challenged people, I have no doubt that you will get this project to an amazing finish in no time. And the acid washed jeans picture was hillarious – I would not say that your cabinets strike me as acid-washed, but it did make me go back and stare a little longer just to see if I could see what you saw… made me smile. Can't wait to see how you change it up! You rock for posting a "do-it-again" project.

  7. I really like the tin inserts! That is a great idea. I'm wondering if they would look good (maybe just as is) if the rest of the cabinet was a little more solid colored (gray, or white or what ever you are going for) with just a little distressing on the edges or in the crevices. You are right, it will be something spectacular, because you are on to something.

  8. Oh.My.

    Thanks for sharing. One of the things I love about you is that you keep it real.

    I do love the "tin" insert idea and they look great close up.

    Have you considered painting the base a darker color…solid perhaps? That will take away from the acid wash effect. Or you could go wild and use some of that blue that you did your tv cabinet in. Yum. But looking around you'd have to paint the entire room then. (Can you see how my projects snowball?)

    Good luck with the redo…can't wait to see how it turns out (I know it'll be great!)

  9. Hmmm, do you want the insets to actually look like tin? If so, they'll need some metallic – copper or stainless.

    Still have some courage? I think you need to go darker, a lot darker, on the glaze. Can you try some on a section that won't show too much? I mean, much, much darker.

    If it were me, I'd first decide how I want the inset to look and then play off of that. Then I'd get some dark (did I mention it should be dark?) craft paint, mix it with some glaze and give it a whirl. That is, if the paint on there is latex, not oil

    That's it for my 2 cents worth!

  10. Hmmm, do you want the insets to actually look like tin? If so, they'll need some metallic – copper or stainless.

    Still have some courage? I think you need to go darker, a lot darker, on the glaze. Can you try some on a section that won't show too much? I mean, much, much darker.

    If it were me, I'd first decide how I want the inset to look and then play off of that. Then I'd get some dark (did I mention it should be dark?) craft paint, mix it with some glaze and give it a whirl. That is, if the paint on there is latex, not oil

    That's it for my 2 cents worth!

  11. Hmmm, do you want the insets to actually look like tin? If so, they'll need some metallic – copper or stainless.

    Still have some courage? I think you need to go darker, a lot darker, on the glaze. Can you try some on a section that won't show too much? I mean, much, much darker.

    If it were me, I'd first decide how I want the inset to look and then play off of that. Then I'd get some dark (did I mention it should be dark?) craft paint, mix it with some glaze and give it a whirl. That is, if the paint on there is latex, not oil

    That's it for my 2 cents worth!

  12. Hmmm, do you want the insets to actually look like tin? If so, they'll need some metallic – copper or stainless.

    Still have some courage? I think you need to go darker, a lot darker, on the glaze. Can you try some on a section that won't show too much? I mean, much, much darker.

    If it were me, I'd first decide how I want the inset to look and then play off of that. Then I'd get some dark (did I mention it should be dark?) craft paint, mix it with some glaze and give it a whirl. That is, if the paint on there is latex, not oil

    That's it for my 2 cents worth!

  13. Awesome idea about adding the tiled wallpaper to the inset. Someday I'm going to do the same to mine, but right now my hubby "likes" the color of the cabinets. I can't belive he actually cares, so I'll leave it alone for a bit. 🙂

    I don't think it looks too bad, but I'm sure you'll come up with something better. What are you going to do about those Hollywood lights? I have some in my bedroom over a vanity type area, and I want to change it out with a chandelier.

  14. haha Wow looks like those acid wash jeans are painted on!!
    You are adventurous…I like the tile paper. Where do you find that?

  15. Beckie – you are so great. I love that you try new things and have the courage to see what happens. I love the tile inserts. You will figure out what will be amazing. I love ya girl!

    xoxo
    Jen

  16. Love the idea for the wallpaper inserts, but I can see what you mean about the paint. Isn't it great that you can repaint though? (Hah – or that's what I always tell myself when the project doesn't quite come out the way I'd envisioned.) The jeans comparison made me laugh!

  17. I think it's awesome that you are willing to try something different, even if it doesn't work out the way you wanted. I think that many bloggers are afraid to post their "failures." To me, it makes a person seem more *real.* 🙂 Good luck on the redo!

  18. I think many of the ideas people suggested are great. Maybe do a combination and use a darker glaze on the tiles with the light paint and repaint the rest with a satin latex in the same color of the glaze.

  19. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You are so awesome that you can be honest, laugh at yourself, and then post about it! Lovin it.

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