Taking all setbacks into consideration, our house is far from complete. I still walk downstairs and think "oh right, that room needs XYZ." However, while it is a work in progress, I still love our home. But now, I'm in even more of a time crunch, because I'm pregnant, and if I don't do it now, when will any project be finished?
So that is what led me to tackle the bathroom, last weekend. Ever since we moved in, I have wanted to paint the kitchen cabinets, and, at some point replace the countertops. I decided to work on the bathrooms first, as sort of a "test run" on a smaller scale.
So, in one day, I took my bathroom from this:
- Sandpaper or sanding block (I used 2 fine grade sanding blocks)
- Stain, such as Minwax Polyshades
- Paintbrush (I used a thinner paintbrush than one I would use on the walls, since I needed to paint around the mirror)
- Mask, to avoid breathing paint fumes
- New hinges and door pulls
- Painter's tape
- Remove the doors, drawers, hinges, pulls, etc.
- Sand the existing finish and diminish any existing gloss.
- Tape off any edges, and around any hardware that cannot be removed.
- Mix the stain. I purchased one quart of stain, which is way more than enough, so keep this in mind when purchasing. A little goes a long way.
- Cover the entire surface with a thin coat of stain. You will get a much better result from multiple thin coats, than you will from one thick, gloppy coat. Plus, the stain is rather thin and runny, so a thin coat reduces the risk of drips.
- When the stain has dried enough so that it is no longer sticky, lightly sand (optional).
- Add another coat of stain. This may be enough for you, but there may also be places where the stain needs to be touched up a bit. Add a coat as needed.
- After the final coat has dried, remove the tape, attach your new hardware, and reattach the doors and drawers.
What I May Have Done Differently:
While I love the new cabinet, and the bathroom definitely looks modern and updated, the finish is a lot glossier than I anticipated. If I were to redo this DIY, I would pay more attention to the finish on the can of stain, and maybe pick something a little more subdued. However, I am definitely not disappointed, and this is, of course, up to personal preference.
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