Monday, April 26, 2010

A Little Bathroom Makeover

A couple of years ago, while we were living in Portland, my cousin came for a visit. She is amazing! Very creative and enjoys alot of the same kinds of projects I do. One of our projects while she was visiting was to give my guest bath a little facelift. Sadly, I was in such a hurry, that I didn't take any before pictures. :( However, the cabinets were a light colored laminate particle board. I was so NOT in love with them. All we did was tape the area off and buy several cans of this handy-dandy product at Home Depot.
Afterwards, we had BLACK cabinets! My favorite. :D 


Granted, the bathroom was still a work in progress. My next goal was to paint the walls a lovely shade of anything but white, add a nice light fixture and paint my mirrior frame (a Craigslist find for $25) black. However, around this time we found out we'd be putting our place up for rent and moving to San Diego for my husband's job. DARN IT! I'd just gotten started!  So....my guest bathroom is still not finished. I look forward to getting back to all those projects at some point if we ever end up back in Portland. I LOVE the way my cabinets turned out though!! It was exactly like the picture I had in my head. Don't you just love it when that happens? 

Well, since it worked so well the first time......

When we finally bought a home in San Diego, I decided to do the same thing in our master bathroom. Can I just say that the "Before" picture was NOT taken while we lived there!!! We had hold-over tenants in the home for awhile and were not able to move in right away. So this picture was taken BEFORE we moved in. That is NOT all our stuff everywhere. LOL! :D I was just glad that the tenant was okay with me taking pictures, as I had alot of planning to do. :) 
Below is the "Before" of the Master Bathroom

Just a little over a month later, Dan I finally were able to move in to our new home. We had the nasty blue carpet taken out and replaced with gorgeous tile, the walls painted and, I'll admit it, I cheated this time and had the painters do my cabinet painting for me. I was busy, people. I was unpacking our whole lives while my husband was still up in Mammoth Lakes!!! I went to Home Depot and picked up my trusty ole Rust-Oleum Spray Paint and told the painters what I wanted. They were skeptical and said they didn't think it would work. I assured them that indeed it would. The head guy said he didn't want to be held responsible for a botched job and I told him I'd done it before and felt very confident it would work out fine. I'd take full responsibility. A day later, Voila! :D My beautiful bathroom cabinets!


This picture was taken right after our floors were put in. I threw a few canisters up to make it look "lived in." But have done my decorating since. Don't you just love them. My black cabinets totally make my heart smile. :D

About a month ago, our awesome painter Hector called to ask what kind of paint I'd bought. He wants to start using it too. LOL! :D 

7 comments:

Stephanie said...

The "before" photo of the other peoples stuff makes me laugh. I like the red solo cups and the kicked about foot soaker.

amber rae said...

Wow I love it!! I want details orrrr a website where I can get the details!!

Cristan said...

Thanks! It was really way easy! I went to Home Depot and, along with the rust-oleum spray paint, I got huge sheets of the painters plastic and a roll of painters tape. One thing I learned from doing the Oregon cabinets is to cover WAY MORE wall and floor around the project than you think you need to. The paint drifts and I had to clean EVERYTHING several times afterwards. Spray a coat evenly and then let it dry thoroughly. I got a little impatient and did the second coat too early the first time and made a bit of a mess that took awhile to "fix." It took several coats and several cans of paint to get the finish that I wanted. The large master bath took three-four cans if that gives you an idea. I used two for the Oregon project if I remember correctly. With the cabinets that I did in Oregon, I replaced the knobs with some of my favorites from Anthropology to give it a little more character. :) Hope these details help. Let me know if you have any questions. I LOVE this spray paint. It's the best I've found so far. I've also used the flat black for some random home decor projects where I've just wanted to change colors and it worked beautifully. :D

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

Don't you just lOVE spray paint?!!

Your cabinets look so much better now. Great work!
Thanks for Hookin' up your link to my first link party!!

cnhenigin said...

So, give me the low down on the furniture paint you used. i'm wondering if it would work for my kitchen table and chairs. i think black would look awesome with what we're doing. do you think it would work?

Corrie said...

these look great!! please come help at the POC!!
i HATE the old lady powder blue walls in the living room, but i also hate painting. can't do it with my arm in a sling anyway...

Amanda said...

This looks so good! We've been wanting to paint our cabinet that's all oakey too -- you did such a fantastic job with your bathroom! LOVE it!

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