Bathroom Update: Fabric + Glass Cabinet Doors

This is a technical one, i.e. it’s lengthy. Hang with me, it’s super easy to do.

We have a pretty small bathroom that gets the job done – sink, toilet, tub – with just enough room to move around between the three. Unfortunately it had zero storage when we moved in and was the thing of nightmares. Ok, I’m being dramatic, but it did need help. You can read a little more about it here.

To sum things up when we first moved in it looked like this.

We then:

  • replaced the partially rotten out floor
  • Removed the toilet and replaced all the plumbing do-dads to it
  • Power sprayed the toilet to get it cleaner. Grossest. Task. Ever. (for me – I still have yet to share Andy’s grossest task ever, from when we first moved in – it’s a doozy).
  • Removed the glass doors to the tub which were filmy and harvested enough putridness for a putrid-party.
  • Painted it. Er, primed it. We never actually ended up painting it which means cleaning has been a beetch (my fault). We also didn’t know it would be four years before we started renovations.
  • Added storage via a cabinet from target (about $40.00) with glass doors.

After all of this it looked like the following:

I really enjoy the storage, but I really dislike the glass doors. They are perfect for people who are crazy good at keeping clean and organized apothecary jars full of cotton balls and swabs. I certainly keep ours organized, but there was just something about all of our toiletries being on display that I didn’t particularly like. Funny because I write a blog and share everything.

So after long debating what I could do to opaque out the doors, I came up with a few options:

  • Modpodge paper onto it. What if it got wet? Would it just crumble and bleed?
  • Frost it -  I’m all for frosted glass but I couldn’t help but want a punch of color.
  • Fabric it – yes! yes! I shall fabric it, and it shall be perfect. I should note that this is part of a larger design overhaul I’m doing for the bathroom, so the fabric doesn’t match anything in the picture above.

Instructions

You’re going to need:

  • any tools to remove the doors from your cabinet, and the glass from the doors
  • hot glue
  •  an iron to smooth the fabric out
  • heatbond backing for the fabric to help stiffen it and repel moisture (this is optional – this is the product). I used it to help repel any slight moisture from the back, and/or if something fell in the cabinet and leaked.
  • scissors
  • a marker
  • about 30 minutes.

1. Remove the doors from your cabinet and remove the glass. Mine was removed with a small screw driver. Put all hardware in a zip lock bag so you don’t lose any of it.

2. Measure your glass so you know how much fabric to buy. I would stick with 100% cotton or linen as they are the most breathable if things get wet.  One yard should be plenty. If you’re using a solid or pattern you don’t need to center you could probably get away with 1/2 yard if you have the normal 12×12 (or smaller) glass doors. If your glass is 12×12 or small you will likely be fine with any fabric for the width, but just to make sure do the following:

 

A few tips: Most fabrics are 36″-48″ but you need to check first. If your glass isn’t square (12×12 etc.) then I would do the measurements for both sides. You may find a fabric with a design you love, but you need to make it go the other way i.e. you need to place the pieces of glass one on top of each other versus side by side to make the pattern fit the way you want.

3. Iron out the fabric flat. If you’re using heatbond iron it onto the wrong side of the fabric now. I just rolled out and did a big swatch of fabric with it and measured it all out after.

4. Layout the glass on the wrong side of your fabric. Once you get it perfect for you, trace around the glass.

5. Cut out your shapes and start gluing the right side to the glass (the wrong side should be facing you. Start in one corner, then glue the other corner. Always work in opposites from each other to keep everything taught. In the photo below I’ve glued the two opposite corners first, and then the top left. I’ll do the bottom right and then each edge, working in opposites again.

6. Once you’re complete it will look like this:

7. Place the glass back in your door frames and reinstall hardware to hold everything down.

8. Install completed doors back onto furniture and enjoy the obstructed but fun view.


Cost Breakdown:

I made mine for zero dolla dolla bills, zero moneys, zero dimes, zero…$0.00, zilch since I owned everything already. If you had to buy it all it might look like the following:

Fabric (1 yard) = $4.00

Heat Bond = $2.00

Glue Gun and Glue = $6.00

Total Cost (assuming you own scissors and a few tools) = $12.00

Pst. Pstttttt. There are a few more updates coming which is why it doesn’t look completed. Let’s just say I’m stepping out of my design boundaries. There are reasons it’s absolutely awesome to have a house that will be entirely renovated, it allows you to test out different design styles that interest you to see what really fits and what doesn’t.

I’ll let you know in the next post on my sneaky-sneakerson bathroom decor whether I’ve decided it’s my style or not.

And 945 words later – I’m out.  Are you still there?

-Heather