There’s not much to say about our existing bathroom cabinet – bog standard and basic pretty much covers it. Plastic white with tarnished silver handles. It wasn’t horrific, but again nothing that would likely grace the pages of an interiors magazine.
But it’s fitted and not something I can easily swap out. But I’m willing to spend on it because I’m not particularly fussed, but there’s plenty of very easy things you can do to improve what you have.
If you’ve got a standard size unit you could swap in new doors that have a different texture or colour. If you have some DIY skills you could make your own doors using whatever materials you want to become a feature of your bathroom. Perhaps you could create some windows by cutting out there centre.
If you want to add a pattern lots of people are turning to decal’s which can be found very easily online. You could also use an adhesive tile intended for other areas of the home to create a repeat pattern.
The first thing I did was the change the handles. I didn’t want a drastic change but just something a bit less sad, and found these brass ones of Amazon which were £12.59 for 5 . Whenever you buy handles just double check you have measure the hole spacing correctly before clicking buy. As I write this I’ve had a DM on Instagram checking how to measure, it’s one of those things you don’t know till you have to do it.
I decided to try out a vinyl to transform the surface of my dull bathroom cabinet. Just to be completely honest with you, I did this transformation purely for the contents of the post. My partner has been very good at letting me crack on with all sorts of projects in the house that he may have not felt entirely necessary, but on this occasion he really wasn’t up for me doing the makeover. So in an effort to maintain a peaceful home I agreed that it would just be temporary so I could showcase what you CAN do if you WANT to (and the household agrees).
As the area I was covering was very small I got a small roll of vinyl from Amazon Prime, but if you are looking to cover a larger area there’s lots of online shops opening up these days. The first (and best) that I’ve found is Jes Rose and if you go to her instagram page you’ll see all manner of makeovers (perfect for renters).
One thing I’ll mention as it’s something I’ve noticed from lots of makeover’s I’ve seen is some people are getting victorian style tile vinyl sheets that are that cool ice white when really their room calls for a warmer white/cream, so I would encourage you to get testers to see if it’ll be a good match, as it can make it scream ‘fake tiles’ if it doesn’t quite look right.
How to – head to Instagram to see the video
You guys probably don’t need me to go through a step by step process, you’re intelligent people and it’s fairly straightforward but just in case lockdown has caused some intellect melting….
Measure the area you are looking to cover – factoring folding the vinyl over edge (make a decision whether you want it to cover the the side of the door completely, make sure it’s enough for it to adhere as just a couple of mm will just stick up and make closing the doors tricky and it’ll look unprofessional.
Cut on a table/flat surface. I used scissors but you may get a more accurate cut with a Stanley knife and metal ruler. I had to do it on the carpet due to availability of a flat surface and it made it a bit tricky not to mention being on ground level (cat level).
Make sure you’ve thoroughly cleaned the area where the vinyl is due to be stuck to. Be very sure it’s completely dry before applying the vinyl or it won’t stick.
Peel back a small bit of the vinyl from it’s backing paper and apply it to the top of the door (whether you’ve decided it should be just the face of the door or overlapping the top).
Once you are confident it’s straight and in the right position gradually peel off more of the packing, using a plastic card (debit/credit worked fine for me) and smooth it out as you go, making sure there’s no folds or air bubbles. If there is any problem along the way just lift the adhesive off the door and redo as long as you do it now it will be fine and will adhere again with no issues.
Once it’s in place and you’re happy, fold over any edges that haven’t covered the sides yet, cutting at a 45 degree angle (think about how you wrap a present and the angles that are folded to create a neat finish).
For putting the handles through you may want to make a hole very carefully with some kind of tool. I just went for the push through approach and luckily it didn’t cause the vinyl to tear in a way that would show outside of where the handle covers.
Like most new hacks you attempt there’s a knack and you get better the more times you do them. My second door was much better and easier than the first and it made me want to redo the first.
A more interesting look…
But as this was just a demonstration for you I didn’t bother but with some leftover vinyl from the roll I though’t I’d demonstrate how versatile vinyl can be. You don’t have to go for the obvious you can do something with a bit more personality.
Obviously you can go for a more interesting print or texture, even combing a few if you enjoy an eclectic busy vibe . Or you could consider the shape. Perhaps you don’t cover the door completely perhaps you create a uniform design, perhaps you create an abstract one.
I wanted to show you two options. Sure, you could go asymmetric like this, or you could create a central circle design by doubling the left look. I didn’t have a big enough compass so created my own one with string (but you could use a vinyl or a biscuit tin or whatever you can find that’s round to draw round). Alternatively double up on the right look and create a strong triangle look deciding which part of the cabinet you want to be the original and which sections you’d like the vinyl colour.
Weirdly Si seems to like this asymmetrical design and thus far hasn’t insisted I take it down. So we are currently sporting this bespoke abstract look on our bathroom cabinet minus the panel at the bottom.
Use see the little bubbles above that’s the sort of thing you can iron out by using the plastic card and really adhering the vinyl.
So that’s it! Easy peasy and cost me less than £15 and only took about 15 minutes to do. Let me know if you’re thinking of giving it a go! And make sure you send me your results on Instagram @athomewithegg