(Post #2 - This is dedicated to details about painting the bathroom vanity)
This is NOT the first time I have chosen to refinish or paint cabinets instead of replacing them. I have actually painted an entire set up of kitchen cabinets at the Moraga house over a period of 6 months. That was a huge chore and not one I want to do again, although I am considering it for this kitchen. When you have a bathroom vanity to update you can either rip it out and replace it, or refinish. Replacing with a new one that has everything included is a great time saver, but it does require demo work and a lot more money.
The guy at Lowe's placed the mixing label right over the top of the can!
To start with, you don't need to strip the finish off the cabinets when using this paint technique and that appealed to me. I did wash the cabinets and then lightly sand them though to get a better grab by the paint.
|This is what it looked like before starting.. ugly and with brass hinges!|
|Close up of a door before the paint|
|First coat of paint going on|
|Paint done but not waxed|
After your paint has dried you have to wax it to protect the finish. It is a semi-paste consistency as you can see below.
|Brush it on and let it set for a few minutes|
|Wipe it off|
|The door on the left is waxed and the one on the right isn't - you can see a bit of the shine|
After painting and waxing, I replaced the hinges with ones that were polished nickel like the rest of the fixtures and really, it turned out amazing.
|New hinges - buy ones that fit the same holes as the old ones!|
|Finished with hinges|
|A little bling!|
|This is the finished vanity, including the new faucet!|
The total cost was about $300 with the faucet the most expensive single item at $85. But it is worth it because it looks really nice. If I had a professional contractor do this work it would have taken about 1/2 the time but would have cost me probably $1500 in labor expenses so I think this was worth it!