I am so excited that I can finally show you our bathroom cabinet update! A little over a month ago, I showed you our new bathroom countertops which we had done at the same time as our kitchen countertops. Then I showed you our kitchen cabinet makeover and you guys seemed to really love it.
When we moved in a little over a year ago, this is what we had. Not too shabby, and we liked the colors, but the counters held water for days and the water spots were really gross. We are also in the process of painting all the trim/doors/floorboards white, so the 70′s off-white/yellow on the cabinets had to go.
We had the countertops reglazed, which is a very affordable alternative to replacing your countertops. I picked a white glaze with brown and tan specks in it because I felt the white would open up our tiny/awkward bathrooms.
And then our bathrooms sat for a week, white counters with 70′s off-white cabinets. I had to paint the cabinets that next weekend because the yellow/white color combo really wasn’t working for us.
Just like in the kitchen, we actually sanded the doors and edges like good little remodelers (I have yet to sand a piece of furniture I paint). Using our trusty Behr paint-and-primer in one, we got to painting. I even painted the inside of the doors since we were already in painting-mode, but I only used two coats on the back instead of three, like on the front.
We got all the doors and cabinet frames painted. But I forgot something.
The front bathroom stayed like that for about another week, and then it looked like this for two weeks. This was pretty difficult to maneuver around in the mornings with a dryer and straightener and the contents of the drawer. I realize most people would have moved this stuff into a box or bag and put it in other room or under the cabinets, but oh well, I like to be difficult.
I’m not afraid to show it to you. I can be messy. And lazy. And it is much easier to just throw stuff down then actually put it away somewhere else. I am actually pretty proud of myself for dealing with this mess while the drawer sat unpainted in the garage for a few days. But I finally got around to painting the drawer and doing a little bit of touch up work on the doors where there were scrapes, and we now have our beautiful old-new vanities in each bathroom.
There are no windows in this bathroom and it is a very odd shape. There is only about two feet between the vanity and the shower, which I am standing in to take this picture.
We still have a little bit of touch-up work to do, including cleaning up the edges and caulking the gaps between the countertops and the walls and filling in then painting the holes from the original handles.
We also need to put Kilz on the walls (we think some previous owners removed wallpaper at some point and didn’t remove the glue) then we are repainting the bathrooms, probably the same color, but maybe a shade lighter. For comparison, here are direct before and after shots.
I think the vanities are more modern than before and I love the color contrast of the cabinets/walls/countertops. I was trying to go for that “dark alder wood with white marble countertops” *swoon* look, except on a budget. What do you guys think of our updates? Did we make the right choice by painting the cabinets dark brown instead of keeping the lighter off-white color?
Once I reveal the final bathroom makeovers, I will include a list of paint colors and prices so you can see how to makeover your bathroom for under $200.
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