Beach Inspired Cabinet Using Nautica Paint

Disclosure:  I was provided a gift card to Menard's to purchase the Nautica Paint and supplies.  All opinions and comments are my own.  I wouldn't recommend a product unless I loved it!

I've you follow along with me on my blogging journey, you know I'm always switching things up around here!  So when Nautica Paints approached me with the idea of working with them on a beach inspired room makeover I was all over that idea!!

This is the first part of a three part post.  This first post is about the cabinet I reworked and painted with Nautica Paint.  

I'm thrilled to be part of the Nautica at Home Signature Color Collection blogger program.  Nautica's goal is to 'Bring the energy of the water to your home."

Hunter's bathroom makeover is inspired by the beach.  The beautiful blue color of the water and the sky.  Nautica has many lovely beachy, water inspired colors.  It was hard to choose! 

I've had this quirky red cabinet for a few years.  I've always loved how weird and kind of ugly it was. It's been a functional cabinet in Hunter's bathroom.  I like a bathroom to have drawers for storing items like toothpaste and hair brush.  Since we don't have drawers in his bathroom vanity, this cabinet has been storing all his necessities.  Not to mention cars, Lego and water toys for the tub.

Here's the before of the strange little cabinet.  The two drawers are there, but not in the cabinet or picture.  I rushed to get started...what's new?!

I started by using my circular saw to remove he sort of scalloped top.  I knew all along I wanted to add a top.  In order to add a top, I had to remove the scalloped edge and the dividers.  

Once I was done with that, it was time to sand, prime and paint.  I sanded the cabinet to get any sheen off to help the paint grip.  Then I painted two coats of primer.  

Lastly I painted the cabinet with two coats of Nautica Paint in Crystal Bay Blue

A word about the Nautica paint line.  I normally don't use latex paint on furniture.  It's a lot of work to sand, prime and paint.  Also I feel like no matter what I do, the paint doesn't flow and it shows the brush strokes.  As soon as I started painting, I was in love with the Nautica Paint.  It went on smoothly and it leveled out so well that I had no visible brush marks.  It's my new favorite latex paint!  

For the top of the cabinet, I measured and cut 2X6 pine boards using my miter and table saws.  I used my Kreg Jig and attached the 2X6's together and attached the whole top to the cabinet.  To finish off the wood top, I sanded it, making sure to remove and sharp edges or corners.  Finally I decided not to stain the top, but used dark wax to give the top a light, beach feel.  

My last step was to remove the old, long wood drawer pulls and replace them with fun knobs.  The  drawer hardware are water faucet knobs.  They're fun and Hunter loves them.  I think they're the perfect finishing touch for this beach inspired cabinet.

Here's the finished cabinet!

Aren't these knobs cute?!

This cabinet spoke to me the first time I laid eyes on it.  It was a bit ugly and odd, but the little cutting board that pulls out from the cabinet is adorable.  I left a bit of the character when I sanded the cutting board, then finished it with the same dark wax I used to seal the top.  I adore this feature!

The marks and age are still visible on the cutting board.

I'm really happy with how the topped turned out!

I'm truly in love with this transformation.  This once funky and odd little cabinet has been transformed into a fun beach inspired knock out.  

Do you ever decorate in beach or water inspired colors?  I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!!!


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  3. Melody, I have become completely obsessed with your gorgeous work! And this desk is no exception. Can you tell me if you are able to apply the ASCP directly over the old finish without sanding or stripping (assuming no scratches or damage in the wood)??

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