Tuesday, January 15, 2013
12:46 PM | Posted by CoffeeandCream | | Edit Post
Oh, paint, how I love thee. You can make such a big impact with very little money. You rock.
Our main bathroom has been getting a mini face lift. Since we are prepping and staging our house to sell, it is important for us to tackle projects that make a huge difference without spending a ton of money. (We have just added a master bathroom, where there was none, after all).
The sink cabinet was your standard, builder basic oak. When we first moved into this house 5 years ago we added the knobs and painted the bright blue walls yellow. That was in my "I love yellow, let's paint every wall in our house a shade of yellow" phase. Recently we replaced the toilet as well. So to update the entire room, I thought a nice espresso shade would work nicely.
I started by removing the knobs and giving the cabinet a good sanding with a sanding wedge.
After you are done sanding wipe everything down with a slightly damp rag and let dry.
Paint on a coat of primer. I used Kilz because we had some on hand.
Let dry for 4-6 hours (or as recommended by the manufacturer.)
Brush on a coat of paint. I used Olympic One in Star Anise. Get your paint in the glossiest finish they make. Since this is a bathroom, the glossier the paint means the better protection you will have.
I let that coat dry a day .... actually a week but only because I didn't get back to it until then. You only need to wait about 6-8 hours in between coats.
Paint your second coat on and let dry 2-3 days before adding the knobs back on. Just because paint is dry to the touch in 4-6 hours doesn't mean it is fully knick proof. That takes a few days so be careful around it for a few days.
My girls kept jamming their stool up against mine to brush their teeth.
Do the best you can.
You can see above how I painted the doors while they were still hanging. Since I was going darker and the hinges were already bronze, I decided to live on the wild side and just used a tiny paintbrush to get into all the small crevices and around the hardware. (Sorry, Dad, I know I've shamed you)
After you put everything back together it will look like this...
The walls read really yellow in the the picture above, I promise you they are NOT that bright. I'm just a crappy photographer. The actual color is more like the picture below. We are planning on painting the walls a nice tan , though.
So easy and so much better!
Give it a try! You can do it!
Hope you are a having a great day :-)
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