I’ll be living here in my condo for another month and a half, and I’m feeling sentimental. So I identified a little home improvement project: cleaning up my medicine cabinet. It was gross and rusty. Check it out.
Here’s how I took my cabinet from nasty to nice.
I wanted to take off the doors, but they were screwed on so tightly I wasn’t able to. This was a bummer, as it would have given me easier access to the cabinet’s innards. But I plastered painter’s tape all over everything and hoped for the best.
Next, I had to get the rough rusty bits off. You can buy a Rustoleum product for that, but I decided to use the natural approach: mixing up some salt with some white vinegar, and making it into a gentle abrasive paste.
I applied that to the rust stains with an old toothbrush, and let it stand for about 2 hours.
Then I scrubbed the salt and rust off, first with the toothbrush, and then with an even stronger abrasive cleaning pad.
That left a surface that was still discolored, but smooth and ready for painting once I’d dried it off.
Next, I painted on a coat of Kilz. This was John’s suggestion: He said that without Kilz, the rust would eventually re-emerge, even from under a coat of primer and a topcoat of paint.
I painted on the Kilz with a 2-inch brush, and left it for 12 hours to dry.
Then I painted on a coat of Rustoleum Protective Enamel Oil-based Paint in gloss white. This also took at least 12 hours to dry.
And this is the finished result.
Doesn’t it look nice?
If I were to do the same project again, I’d use foam brushes instead of paintbrushes, to get that super smooth finish.
And I would paint a thicker layer of Kilz on, to make it more of a primer.
Also, a word of warning: the salt scrub leaves little grains everywhere after it dries. Be careful to wipe your work area off completely so they don’t get embedded in the layers of paint.
Here’s my playlist for this project.
- The River, Son Little
- Doctor’s In, Son Little
- Dat Dere, Harold Maybern
- The Gigolo, Harold Maybern
- Funk in Deep Freeze, Hank Mobley
- How We See Things, Shake Stew
Have you done a project like this lately? If so, how did it go?