Faux Tin Tile Cabinets

So back in September I decided to paint by master bathroom vanity cabinets… and they looked awful.   I was so mad at how the cabinets turned out I decided to punish them and not repaint them for 10 months.   Yes, it was 10 months of torture for me but I had to teach them a lessen.   I finally decided enough was enough and it was time for them to stop looking like 80s acid washed jeans and be repainted again.   So here is how they originally began…


And here is how they ended up.



You can see I attempted one more try on the left cabinet.   This is literally how they have looked for 10 months.


Okay so here is what I did from the beginning.   I sanded them down and cleaned them really well then I adhered some tin tile wallpaper to the center of the doors for some interest.   Then I primed the entire cabinets and doors.   Fast forward past my mistakes…

Now I decided to spray paint them.   Now I don’t really recommend this unless you are willing to tape off the entire area.   I did tape off but I still had to scrub paint particles off the floor when I was done, which was really annoying.

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So I sprayed everything with Krylon’s Bright Metallic Silver and they looked like this…

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I really liked how they looked but I wanted to glaze them in black to tone down the shine and give them a vintage metal tin tile look. I mixed 1/3 of black paint with 2/3 of Ralphs Lauren’s glaze.

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To the left is the Krylon Metallic Silver spray painted cabinets and to the right is with a black glaze over the top.   You can see how the glaze really changes the appearance of them.   I really like how the glaze gets caught in the grooves of the wallpaper making the design pop.

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I added new hardware I got off Ebay (seller: thehardwarehunter) for $2 a piece in a pewter finish.

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I love how the cup pulls mimic the lines in the tin tile wallpaper (yes I still have to fill the holes from the prior pulls).

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  1. This looks WONDERFUL and HIGH DOLLAR !! We painted our cabinets white (they were not as dark as yours but very gross looking !) and got new cheap knobs and painted the counter top a light gray with some new counter paint . It’s okay ; better than the orange (since we do not have the money for a bathroom makeover! ) ; the trim is now white and the walls a nice light yellow ; what a difference ! p.s. my husband did 90% of the painting , not me ! Internet folks like you gave us the ummppphhhh to do it ! thanks !!

  2. That looks great and is so unique and unexpected. I am getting ready to paint our guest bath vanity and You’ve given me the courage to just do it!

  3. Cassie K says:

    Loving how the cabinets turned out. I really like this style and have done it on small decor projects and never thought to try it out on larger ones.

  4. Very elegant my dear! I truly love the pressed tin look as it reminds me of a truly elegant little Russian Tea Room/Cafe in Denver I went to many, many moons ago. Trust me it was one of those tiny 5 star establishments which my poor college student budget could only afford once a year but the decor and food made it worth every penny. A place of timeless elegance! Just like your vanity!!!

    Kudos on the great job!

  5. Wow!! I love this, you did a great job. I’m going to be sharing this today on my blog. Awesome job! xoxo~Sara @ Sara’s Closet

  6. BEAUTIFUL. Pinning this!

  7. Wow! Way to punish those cabinets:) They look like a million dollars now!

  8. Ummmm…… Still not liking it. I WANT to like it because I like everything else you’ve done!

  9. That adds such a cool detail! I love tin like that so I’m definitely filing that one away in the back of my mind.

  10. Very cool! Can’t wait to see what else you do 🙂

  11. ronda ramirez says:

    Can you tell me where you got the wallpaper???

  12. Can you tell me what kind of primer you used on the wallpaper? I am doing a project with paintable wallpaper, and I plan to use Krylon metallic paint–wondering what kind of primer I should use. Thanks!

  13. Your cabinets looks fabulous!

  14. What did you use for the cabinets themselves after the white paint? Love this look!

  15. Could you tell me the pattern of this beautiful wallpaper? Your cabinets look amazing! THANKS for sharing.

  16. you are infarrantly creative….nuf said

  17. not a fan of this

  18. I love the look of the doors although I would have used an antiquing medium and wiped off some of the excess. The main problem I see is that the drawers don’t match – they are still the bright silver. Why didn’t you glaze them and the entire cabinet instead of just the doors?

  19. Angela Swanson says:

    I love the look of your cabinet doors. Where do you get tile tin wallpaper? I have never heard of it? How did you adhere it?

  20. Doris Travis says:

    Wow! I love them. Great job on the cabinets and teaching us how to get this great look

  21. Where did you get the tin??? You did a great job:0)


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