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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New (Old) Bathroom Cabinet and a Bitter Cold Update

(I'm sure by now you're sick of hearing about the cold.  I am, too.  But just a little update - Yesterday's temp was -12*F in Des Moines.  And wind chills out here on the prairie were in the -40s.  But, we made it through both nights without the turkey barns calling us, meaning that the temps stayed steady and everything worked correctly.  In fact, our barns are warmer than my friend's house right now!  As my friend Jent says, #modernagricultureworks)

After 8 months of sitting on the floor in the bathroom, the antique cabinet I bought is finally hung, and I love it more than my five year old loves running the drill. (And that’s a LOT.)


I enlisted the help of said 5-year-old to keep him from fighting with his brother for 10 minutes.  It worked.
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Unfortunately, the little squirt wasn’t strong enough to hold the cabinet while I screwed it in, so we used a convenient diaper box as a jack of sorts.

I taped off the stud’s location (using a super scientific knock-knock-thud method to find it.)  And then Adam’s important job was to check the level.

mark stud with tape

I predrilled 4 holes right in the back of the cabinet, using this bit.

predrill holes

And then switched to a phillips head bit and started the screws.  After I had one in, I let Adam screw in the rest, which made him happier than a penguin eating sushi.

why you need to predrill holes

Look very closely at that last picture.  See to the southwest of the screw I started, there’s an old hole and a crack in the back of the cabinet?  That’s what will happen if you don’t predrill your hole.  And NO, I didn’t make that crack.  It was already there.

pretty bathroom organization
I tore off the blue tape, and then came the fun part…accessorizing!  The tray is antique, hand hammered, from Turkey, I believe. I got it at at antique store nearby because of the orange tones in it.
silver and pewter accesories

A thrift store clock (that doesn’t work, apparently) and some silver? candle holders.  I really have no idea whether or not the tray and votives have any antique value, but to me, they have decorative value, and that’s the important thing.


And now, the glamour shot you’ve all been waiting for…the throne, in all her glory!

cabinet above the toilet

I still have quite a few decorative projects to finish up in this room before I show you the full before and afters.  Prepare to be amazed!

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  1. What a super cute cabinet with so much character!

  2. Cute! I love it. Your helper looks super helpful too ;-) My helper ideas always seem to backfire on me!

  3. Looks great! I really love the color of the wood.

    And oh my gosh - I am one for hauling home thrift store clocks that end up not working. I keep meaning to keep a pair of batteries in my purse to check while in the store - so far have not been that organized. :)

  4. I guess that's why some people buy brand new clocks!

  5. Very cute. I finally got to hanging some things on the wall during the cold temperatures earlier this week too! Like you, I'm not done with my list but it does feel good to get several things checked off the home to do list.


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