Yippy-skippy! This week is going to be ALL about our Master Bathroom Makeover, and today I thought we’d start out with a few post links and reminders of things we’ve already covered/conquered in this itty-bity space.
This small bathroom has DEFINITELY, by FAR been our longest, most design challenging project to date, and Cason and I both agreed that it was because we kept trying to make the space bigger, better and more grand… when it wasn’t really possible. ha! Once reality hit and we figured out that walls couldn’t be knocked down and our coffin-type shower wasn’t getting ripped out and replaced (due to having no budget for that) we finally came to peace with our design plan and moved forward.
To read individual posts about progress made on our master bath so far, click on the images below.
Now that you’ve gotten up to speed on some of the posts you might have missed over the past TWO YEARS… yes, it’s taken us THAT long to get around to finally finishing and posting about this freakin’ bathroom… we wanted to show you in a few posts this week, some more up-close details and tutorials on how we refinished a few specific areas in this space, to make our master bathroom feel and look as good as we could possibly make it.
First, is our vanity!
Because our master bathroom is super small, we knew that our vanity area (taking up as much room as it did) was really going to have to set the tone for almost our entire space.
Just a quick reminder: Cason leans more towards a modern style, and I tend to go heavy on the cottage-feel… so mixing the two together in perfect harmony can sometimes be a little challenging, but in our experience it always has a pretty great result!
So we moved forward with clean crisp white cupboards (with slight distressing) and sleek modern pulls and handles. This is what we came up with in the end!
We love it, and it definitely reflects our style a LOT better than the look we had before.
Here’s how we did it:
* First we removed all of our cupboard doors and drawer fronts. I would also recommend taking off your cabinet hardware at this point too. We kept ours there because a LOT of our screws were really stripped and well… we were lazy and our hardware was all going to be hidden anyway.
* We cleaned the face of the cabinet with some heavy duty TSP cleaner, to get off any residue from hairspray, dust or other grease.
* After that was done we used a medium and then fine grit sandpaper to roughen up and then smooth out the entire face of the cabinet.
* Once the cabinet was dust free, we went in and painted the cabinet with a coat of primer.
* We applied 2 coats of primer total.
* Between coats we used a very fine grit sanding block to smooth out any brush strokes or dried paint splatters. To clean up any dust (to ensure a super smooth surface) we ran a vacuum over the cabinet frame and used a tack cloth between coats.
While the primer was drying, we moved onto the doors and drawer fronts.
And this is where the cheating comes in…
I’ll be the FIRST to admit that I am quite the perfectionist, and seeing that our cabinets were faced with a detailed beadboard-style front that had lots of grooves and nooks… I just couldn’t stand the thought of taking oodles of time hand painting them on my own with the risk of them looking sloppy and streaky in the end.
We DO have a small paint sprayer, but by the time we get it out, load it up, spend all the time building a spray booth, painting the cabinet fronts with multiple coats of paint, polyurethane-ing them, yada yada yada……….. yeah, like I said, it’s just not worth my time. So that’s when I turned to my cute, talented, local, furniture-refinishing friend Sausha from Sweet Pickins, to do them FOR me!
Sausha is a genius at refinishing furniture and I knew that with all of her nice, professional spraying equipment, she could have my doors and drawer fronts sprayed in no time flat. In just a few days, these babies were perfectly painted, done and worth EVERY penny.
* While the cabinet fronts were being sprayed I applied 2 good coats of our white latex paint to the cabinet fronts to finish them off. I didn’t use any polyurethane on the face of the cabinet, mostly because you can hardly see it and with all the layers, I really didn’t think it needed it; and so far, I’ve been right! Over a year later, everything is holding up just perfectly!
* Once we had the face of our cabinet done, our new granite counter top from Granite City and sink were installed and the cupboards and doors were attached to their hinges again.
* The finishing touch was the hardware for the cabinets that Cason picked out at Lowe’s. They’re definitely more modern but I love the clean finish and shape against the beadboard-style door fronts.
To give the space a little warmth, we added a buttery yellow Thomas Paul rug in front of the vanity that we purchased on sale from a Joss & Main event. What I love about the rug is that the print is more modern, but the color and texture feel a lotta-bit cottagy… which you know I love.
Check back with us tomorrow, because we’ll be posting about the layered molding wall treatment and towel hook system that we have going on in this space as well! It’s super easy and I know you’ll love it.