After watching every blogger and their neighbor repaint their kitchen and bathroom cabinets, I subtly forwarded a few pictures from other blogs to my sister. She has a Midwestern home built around 1999 - you know - the white oak bathroom cabinets are nice but are EXACTLY what you would expect in every home built in 1999.
My brother-in-law (her husband) was out of town for the weekend with some college buddies. So, Jennifer and her three kids naturally got to work on some major home projects once he stepped foot out of the house for the weekend.
She called me Friday evening -
"I can't find any of those blogs that show how different women re-painted their cabinets. Help me - I am trying to get to Home Depot before they close."
We found many tips on many blogs (including a lady who said her finger always hurts on Monday from spraypainting all weekend - sorry, misplaced the link - let me know if that was you!) We both decided spray paint would work nicely, since the plan was to paint the kids' small bathroom (no one in their right mind will carefully inspect a kids' bathroom cabinet paint job.)
Jennifer started with cabinets like these (note that I said "LIKE these" because she did not take the before pictures like I told her to - so this picture is actually a shot of her other bathroom's cabinets - which are identical - and still white).
(The kids' bathroom cabinets actually had more fingerprint marks than the above photo.)
She chose Rustoleum black lacquer for the cabinets and used a RED Rustoleum primer. She wanted the red primer to show through once the cabinets experienced a little "wear."
Jennifer's Handy Bathroom Painting Guide:
(1) Remove hardware and take doors off the cabinets.
(2) Have your three kids help you carry all of the doors to the front driveway so the neighbors can watch you and your project.
(3) Have the three kids help you sand and wipe down the cabinets and doors. (use medium grit sandpaper)
(4) Prime the doors TWICE (two light layers work better than one big, gloppy layer)
(5) Empty as much junk as you can from beneath the sinks - tape off what needs to be protected.
(6) Plug up a fan to ventilate the spray paint fumes.
(7) Once dry, reattach old hardware until you have time to shop for new hardware that you really want.
Here is her finished bathroom..........
New Hardware coming Soon!
This bathroom was builder beige before her husband left for his trip. It is now Spanish Olive by Glidden.
Linking to Centsational Girl!
Please visit A Soft Place to Land and The Shabby Chic Cottage AND The Shades of Pink for more DIY projects!