Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I've learned a new craft

A few months back, we made some minor cosmetic changes to our guest bathroom. We replaced the old shiny gold/silver faucets with rubbed black/bronze ones. A new light fixture took the place of the one that looked like it belonged in a carnival, and the wall mirror was reduced in size and framed. The frame was one that was in my collection for the samplers I stitch. Everything turned out great, but there was one thing left to tackle...the medicine cabinet. It was the typical sunk in the wall type with a mirrored door trimmed in gold. Not my taste at all. I love the look of punched tin, and I saw a cabinet that I liked from Irvin's Country Tinware. The problem is that it would have been a huge hassle to remove the old, add sheet rock to cover the hole, and so on. I came up with the idea to make my own version. I ordered an plain blackened tin panel from Irvin's the same size as the door. Copying a pattern that I like, I then drew the design on the panel with a white marking pencil. Using a board, a nail, and a hammer, I punched the design. My husband made the simple frame for it, and after painting it black, I sanded and antiqued it. Paul then attached the whole thing to the existing door. I love it. It is exactly the look I was going for. My poor hubby hates it when I come up with these projects for him. I can do the visualizing...but he has to make my ideas work. Occasionally, we can get a little put out with each other while in the process, but in the end it always turns out great. We make a good team!



One bathroom down, one to go, dear!

6 comments:

Sandy said...

I LOVE it, Tanya ... very pretty!! The tin punch came out great, and the pattern is so cool. All the colors in this bathroom are just wonderful together. You and Paul make a very good team indeed!!

Siobhan said...

Tanya, that looks GREAT!!! I love the punched tin. Fabulous!

Laurie in Iowa said...

It looks fabulous Tanya! YGG...you can now add tin punching to your list of skills.

Katrina said...

Love it!!! Absolutely gorgeous :-).

Stitcher S said...

Beautiful!

Peggy H. said...

I love your cabinet! I have the same problem in wanting to get rid of mine, but I need a mirror there. Beautifully done!

Peggy H.
www.neverenoughstash.blogspot.com