It was one of those days. You know, when you have the house to yourself for a couple of hours and decide to mix up a daring custom colour and paint your bathroom cabinets before your family returns.
What? You haven’t had those days?
There was nothing wrong with our off-white, slightly bland bathroom cabinets. They were neutral and unoffensive, with their brushed nickel pulls, but I was itching to paint them for no reason except the desire to paint them.
You see, I paint a lot of furniture (like, a LOT) with Fusion Mineral Paint, but I’m constantly asked about how it holds up on kitchen or bathroom cabinets. I didn’t have an answer because I’d never tried it personally, so it was time to give it a whirl. I mean, it was just a set of bathroom cabinets — not a huge time or money commitment.
I’d also been curious about mixing my own paint shade because Fusion has “recipes” of different custom blends on their website. I decided to have fun with it and pick a colour simply because it made me feel happy, even if it was a little unexpected for a set of cabinets.
I settled on a half-and-half mix of light blue (Heirloom) and red (Fort York Red) that turns into a soft, calming mauve. I wanted our bathroom to be more “hygge” — the Danish practice of making a space cosy — and it was such a comfortable, relaxed colour. It was fun to stir it up in an old coffee can and watch the shade develop.
I quickly wiped down the cabinets — especially the kids’ toothpaste-smeared drawer — and removed the knobs, and then it was time to paint …
(Psssst — sharing the rest of the bathroom details, like the shelves + lighting + art, in my next column.)