We bought our house 3 years ago this month and looking back on the before pictures of this bathroom really shows how far we’ve come and how much my style has evolved! After I painted my kitchen cabinets white I knew I’d want to paint the bathroom cabinets one day and I’m so excited that 1 of 2 is now done! While I would love to replace the vanity entirely we just can’t afford that but I think the painted bathroom cabinets makes a huge difference!
So let’s take a look at the before, shall we?
I had no idea what I was doing when it came to decorating or paint colors when we first moved in. I’m so tempted to want to wish mistakes weren’t made but if it hadn’t been for the mistakes I wouldn’t know what I do now!
And now the after (by the way this was the world’s most difficult room to photograph)
Ahh so much better! I had a hard time deciding if I was going to paint the cabinets white or a darker color, but the counter top is an off white and ultimately I don’t feel like white would’ve been a good choice. Gray was out because the walls are gray, so a darker color it was! I ended up going with Black Satin from Behr. It turned out to be a perfect charcoal black that actually takes on a little bit of navy hue at times. You can see the navy a little bit in this photo:
We actually painted the walls and updated the decor back in July before Garrett deployed. While this is Cora Beth’s bathroom it’s also the guest bathroom therefore, I really didn’t want it to be baby themed (plus baby themed anything just really isn’t me).
Funny story though the weekend before I ended up being induced I almost started painting these cabinets but I’m so glad I didn’t! Can you imagine coming home with a newborn to a bathroom in disarray?
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If you’re wanting to paint some cabinets here’s the method I use, I pretty much use the same steps any time I paint something:
- Clean with a degreaser.
- Sand some, just to rough it up nothing major!
- Primer! This really helps to block out previous color and adhere well.
- Paint! I added 1 tablespoon of Plaster of Paris and 1/4 cup warm water to a cup of paint to make a chalk paint, it just sticks to the piece your painting better.
- Seal with Polycrylic. You want a high or semi gloss in this. The higher the sheen the easier to clean!
My preference is to always do at least 2 coats of paint, for this particular project I did 3. It’s a major pain but always remove your tape while your paint is wet and re-tape for each coat. I brush my paint on then go over it with a roller to smooth out any brush marks. It took me one sample size of paint from Home Depot to do the entire vanity!
It’s actually easier to paint cabinets than you might think! It just takes some time, and depending on how much your doing will depend on how long it will take you! These cabinets only took me 5 days (and that’s with a 4 month old) but my kitchen cabinets took me 2 and half weeks!
There’s still a few changes to be made to this bathroom. I want to frame the mirror which will hopefully happen this summer at the latest. We need a new light fixture (the current one was purposefully left out of photos) and I’d like to eventually tile the floors instead of having linoleum. We’ve come a long way though! Isn’t always fun to see how far you’ve come? Now I smile and do a happy dance when I pass this room! I can’t wait to update it even more!
Wall color: Urban Sunrise (valspar)
Cabinet color: Black Satin (behr)
Window: local shop
Wall frames: Michael’s
Herb botanical prints: free download from A Daily Something
Towel hooks: local shop
Put on love print: free download from View Along the Way
Tabletop frame: Walmart
Plant: TJ Maxx
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