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When we bought our house last year one of the rooms that I knew I was going to want to tackle was the main floor bathroom. It is the only bathroom we have on the main floor and so it serves as the master bath, the guest bath AND the bathroom most often used by the kids. That is a lot of work for one little room to handle and it was in decent shape so I left it alone for a while. Over the summer I added some glass jars to the wall next to the vanity to hold our toothbrushes, my flat iron and my husbands shaver, which cleaned up the vanity counter (which is far too small in my opinion) and add a little beachy vibe to the room. I knew the next step was going to be replacing the VERY outdated shelves in their with some larger and also beach inspired ones.
I was having a hard time convincing my husband that this was a necessary project. His argument was why replace something that is working just fine. However, when my middle daughter decided to climb up that hanging shelf and rip it straight out of the wall my job of convincing got a whole lot easier. 🙂 I had met Modern Masters when I went to SNAP and had seen their products in person. They make an amazing metal effects paint that I instantly fell in love with. It gives the appearance of old weathered metal with just a few coats of paint and a few sprays of their patina. I ordered a couple of these shelf brackets online and ordered a bronze reactive paint with a blue patina.
Once I had all the supplies necessary I got to work painting my brackets. This was a little trickier than I had hoped because there were so many curves and tiny spots to get, but after giving it a good coat of the primer paint I was ready to get going. The directions say to paint on one coat of the bronze paint and let it dry. Then come back and paint a second coat of the bronze paint and while that coat is still wet spray on the patina. I did this, and was a little less than impressed with the results.
I emailed the company and was amazed at how fast their customer service got back to me. They told me that the blue patina had a less reactive result with the bronze paint and that the green patina would give me a better result. So I ordered a bottle of the green patina. They also said to paint my second coat of the bronze paint on about 30 minutes after the first (the first time I waited overnight) and then use the spritzer. I followed those directions and almost immediately I saw the results! It was amazing!
I let them dry for a few days and got busy cutting my shelves up. I had a bunch of leftover boards from when I removed shelves from my craft room/office and in the spirit of waste not, want not I cut those boards down to 2′ each. I gave the edges a quick sanding and then painted them with my favorite chalky finish paint. I did a base coat in white and then my final coat in a light grey/green color called Vintage. Once those were dry I had my hubby help me get all the bracket lined up and level and attached them into the bathroom walls. I added all my bathroom supplies into these fabric lined wicker baskets that I picked up at Joann’s a few months ago (when I first started dreaming up this project) when all storage baskets were 50% off. I have a basket for makeup, one for hair products, one for hair ties/clips/headbands, and one for nail polish.
They really add a polished look to our bathroom AND they keep all of my everyday supplies within easy reach and out of sight. Even my husband really likes the finished look and how they really dress the bathroom up. I have a few more things to add to this room (think vintage nautical maps and glass knobs) and then I think we will be pretty much finished with this room. That feels a little weird to type though, so we’ll see.
Now before you run off, the folks at Modern Masters are giving away one of the following products to one of YOU! Head to their website and select which product your would want to win! Make sure to enter to win on the Rafflecopter below!
Metal Effects (kit contains all, unless otherwise specified)
One Pint Primer
One Pint Reactive Paint – your choice of color
One 4 oz. Solution or Rust Activator
One Spritzer Cap
One Pint of Permacoat Xtreme [Rust Only]
Front Door Paint
One Quart – any color