I’ve been working all week on re-doing our bathroom. Everything needed a minimum of two coats of paint and I was working around a hectic schedule, but I finally have it mostly done. (My family is most grateful to have the bathroom back!)
I used a few tricks to help keep things frugal. I’ll share the first below. I’m heading out the door to finish my Thanksgiving shopping and will add more invo over the next few days.
The most dramatic change was probably painting the vanity. It’s a good many years old and the finish had worn off. I used the same paint I have on my lower kitchen cabinets and they have held up well, so I’m hoping for the best. I think it should be fine. I actually priced out new ones before deciding to go with the paint. They’re not cheap!
Here is the vanity before. I’ve already started painting the beadboard in this picture.
Here is a closer shot of the damage:
First, I removed the hardware and used sandpaper to lightly sand the entire cabinet, taking care to smooth down the parts with water damage. I then primed the cabinet with Kilz and followed with two coats of semi-gloss (Behr paint in Bear Rug). I believe one of the tricks to having the paint hold up well is to allow good drying time between coats. I left each coat 24 hours, at least.
Here is the finished product. I still have to do some minor touch-ups, but it made a world of difference.
A closer shot:
And the before/after shot. I think it made a pretty dramatic difference. Not bad for the price of a $25 can of paint. And yes, I use GOOD paint. Some things aren’t worth scrimping on, especially when you’re talking about painting cabinets. Stay tuned for more details.