You may remember I discussed how I was going to be focusing on art this year, less home decor, less furniture posts. I think my number was 2-4 posts a month instead of 2-4 per week, so I believe it's time to share a new makeover I am SUPER proud of! Take a look at my first home decor/furniture makeover post of the new year...
The Master Bath Makeover!
Here's where we begin:
Meet beige, boring, bathroom. There's potential there, like that wainscoting, the bright white woodwork, the pretty plantation blinds. It's not SO bad, it just needs to be freshened up!
Now for some inspiration. I spent a ton of time on Pinterest, then I came across this BEAUTY from Interiors by StudioM:
HEAVEN right?? I loved the gray vanity, the herringbone tile, the pale gray walls and the bright gold accents! So I got to work on finding the best tutorials for painting cabinetry. I did a lot of research and ending up combining a couple tutorials and making my own process that worked great! First I made a list of all the things I would need:
Gold Spray Paint
Windex (for degreasing)
Oil Based Primer - Zinsser brand is great (the friendly paint guy at Home Depot tinted it for me, saving me a ton of time!)
Oil Based Paint, semi-gloss - whatever color/brand you like best
Step 1 : Take off the doors, take out the drawers, remove the hardware, make this as easy on yourself as possible. (You'll see in my photo below that I left two drawers on, this was not by choice. It was impossible to remove them without destroying my door frame, womp womp).
Step 2 : Prep the space. Painter's tape was what I used, but do whatever you need so you don't spaz and get his stinky paint all over your everything. Oil paint is unforgiving. From my experience, drop cloths or paper can be more of a hindrance than a help, they tend to crumple and wrinkle up and stick to areas without me noticing until it's too late, but if it works for you - go for it!
Step 3 : Lightly sand everywhere you plan on painting. Since my cabinets are laminate, this step is absolutely necessary. And if you read one of those "Paint Cabinets WITHOUT Sanding" tutorials, they probably aren't talking about laminate, and if they are, they're idiots. I've painted without sanding on a laminate bathroom cabinet before, it has since peeled, I still feel shame when I think about it.
Now it's time for the stinky part:
Step 4 : Prime your vanity. I used a foam brush and a high density foam roller. Wait for it to FULLY DRY between coats! I am the most impatient person on the planet, so believe me, I know this step will be hard. But you need to, or you'll ruin all your hard work! Once it's dry, get that second coat on there. At this point you will be very impressed with yourself for waiting!
Step 5: Time for the real paint! Grab a new foam brush and a fresh foam roller and look at how pretty your vanity is becoming! Again, wait until it is FULLY DRY to do your second coat. This may be harder than waiting during Step 4, you can see just how close you are to finishing! It will take at least 24 hours for this coat to dry. Yes, your house will smell bad, but if you open a window, and bust out a fan, it'll be less horrible. When it's fully dry, do your last coat and give yourself a pat on the back, you just refinished your bathroom vanity!
Now for the fun part!
Step 6: Spray your hardware! I love Rustoleum, so I used their Specialty Metallic brand in gold to paint the hardware, including my towel racks. Do a couple coats, and if you want to be extra cautious, spray a fixative coat on top. Since this hardware gets used frequently I wanted the likelihood of chipping to be as minimal as possible.
Step 7: Accessorize! Decorating was my favorite part! We got brand new fluffy white towels, a beautiful bright white shower curtain and I made a new painting to hang above the toilet! You'll notice a few other fun decorative things while you scroll through. I wish you lots of luck for if ever you decide to take on the task of beautifying your bathroom! :)
I'd love to hear what you think! And if you've ever painted cabinets, what was your experience like? Comment below!
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