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Saturday, April 24, 2021

How to make over the medicine cabinet

Searching for ideas to make you smile everyday?  Well, I have just the trick for you to try in your bathroom medicine cabinet.  

Do you recall yesterday when I said it is the small things in life that make me most happy?  I really meant it... it is why we put wallpaper in our bathroom and bedroom closets, or created the chandelier in our closet, or why I like fancy pants surrounding us on a daily basis.  I am a pretty simple gal, I do know what I like and I enjoy working on our home.  Does anyone else feel in today's society life has gotten really hard?  I feel it everyday and here lately it seems it is getting worse. 

They said technology would make life easier, I feel like it has really complicated everything.  Some days I think back to pre cell phones... remember when you had to memorize every phone number you needed to call...  You had to be home when the phone rang in order to talk to someone... I remember before we had an answering machine, you never knew if you missed a call while you were away from home or not... then there was before call waiting... and you had to wait for the line to be open before your call went through, otherwise you received a busy signal, it could be an hour before whoever was on the phone ended their call, or longer... there was a pay phone on most every corner, there was a bank of pay phones at the mall... you needed a quarter to make your phone call... you were dropped off by your parents to the mall or the movies... there was not all of this rushing around, answering calls while you are driving, texting constantly, always in the know of what everyone you have ever known is doing or have going on in their lives... do you miss communicating with people?  Actually physically visiting someone at their home, sitting back with a cool sweet tea, and spending hours getting lost in good conversation?

I miss those times... I miss getting to spend time with loved ones... just getting to be... and not feel like I need to rush to the next thing, get everything on my to do list completed before the weekend is over... I want to enjoy my weekends again... when did life become so complicated?  When did I decide that I could not wait to get to retirement so I can enjoy life, slow down, and just stop and smell the flowers? 

Can I share a secret with you??  In order to make it through the days, I add little bits of sparkle, fancy pants, and extraordinary things in our home that when I open a closet door and see that wallpaper, or the chandelier Mr. Vintage made me, or the backsplash we created... I smile and think back to each project, and how we truly were able to enjoy the time we spent working on those projects together.    

So you see, it really does not take much to make me happy, I just need some silliness thrown in from time to time... something that brings cheer, makes me laugh, smile, grin from ear to ear, whatever I need to think back to simpler times and enjoy time spent with hubby making this our home.  I also enjoy throwing in those odd projects that people scratch their head and think, well, it's nice, but why waste your time?  Our home is our sanctuary, so why not make it the best version it can be and we can make it?  The place where we cannot wait to be every evening, relaxing, enjoying each others time, and playing with peanut... 

So, now you know a little bit about what makes me tick... and you may also see why I decided to do this itty bitty project...  the medicine cabinet in our upstairs bath is probably original to our bathroom.  I actually love it, it is HUGE and has tons of space to store all sorts of items in.  I am planning to give it a make over in the near future, but still working it out in my head...


Here is a picture of it to give you an idea of the scale of this cabinet, and do you see my shower curtain reflected in the mirror?  I told you I love that pattern!  The frame of the cabinet was painted an ivory and then they dry brushed gold on it.  I am not very fond of it.  I have been wanting to paint it... I considered black, but I think it will make the bathroom appear too dark.  White may wash it out since the walls above the tile are painted white.  I have considered gray since we went with yellow, white, and gray in this bath, with a few black accents thrown in... still mulling it over... 


Before when I slid the mirror door over, there was nothing really to get excited about... I do love adding those bits in...  did you know there are actually people who want to see inside your cabinets?  I had a friend who would open people's medicine cabinets and look inside when she would use the restroom at their homes... 

True story... I laughed about that when I put the paper up in our medicine cabinet yesterday thinking about a story she told me.  I was embarrassed when she shared her secret with me... she was looking through a male's bathroom cabinet and told me what he had stored in it... nothing too personal was in it, but I wondered who does this?  I thought wow, I never want someone to open my cabinets, but guess what, if they ever do now, they will get a surprise!  Perhaps some bees buzzing... and flowers... amongst other things... 


So I cleaned the whole cabinet out, because we cannot have any dust or things out of date in the cabinet, since we never know who may be looking through it... I decided to line the medicine cabinet with scrapbook paper, I can change it out whenever I want if I ever tire of it... and then I decided magnets were the way to go in hanging said paper.  I wanted something that was a super simple project anyone could do and I also loved the idea of magnets.  

I began searching for vintage ones and bees came up in my search... I decided I had to have them!  I mean, how cute are they?  This project gave me the perfect excuse to purchase the cutest Frenchie bee magnets ever!  Not that I need anyone to twist my arm to buy this cuteness... 
 


Do you see the bees on the paper?  This paper is kind of busy on its own, but I really loved adding the bees.  It just gave it a silliness I needed to make me smile everyday when I slide open our medicine cabinet doors.  


I pulled out my stash of scrapbook paper and searched for the perfect paper to line the walls with.  I do love handwritten letters... this paper made me think of days gone by... At first, I was going to match our bath, but then I thought, why not add something fun?  So fun won out, especially with those cute bees... being placed near the flowers... 


Do you love them as much as I do?  Do you enjoy throwing practicality to the wind and just have fun with your home?  I know I do... make home where you want to be, spend time, slow down, take time for yourself, and just beeeee...  


Here is the other side of our cabinet... 


This project also allowed me to clean out the cabinet and rid out the things we no longer use... I do enjoy being able to lighten the load and it made it look more organized too.  


Just a simple project... but I can tell you, it will make me smile everyday when I open the medicine cabinet... and who doesn't like to start their day with a smile?  Add sprinkles of silliness to your home to help make home your haven... projects like this cost next to nothing and for a few minutes each day I can giggle to myself when I see those 🐝 each morning and evening before bed... we hope you enjoy your weekend!  












   

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