Oct 20 09
by cara
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Bathroom Makeover Update

Remember this?

Bathroom Covered in Newspaper

I’m working on giving my son’s bathroom a complete makeover.

Here’s my master to-do list for this room:

  • Paint walls light blue
  • Add bright striped shower curtain and hand towels
  • Paint cabinets white (This was the task I was trying to complete in the last 2 weeks)
  • Add white beadboard to walls
  • Add towel hooks
  • Add decorative touches
  • Replace large mirror with 2 smaller mirrors
  • Replace light fixture
  • Add window treatment to small window

My main goal was to get the cabinets finished.  With a sick 2 year old, lots of rain preventing my spray painting outside, the great ant invasion of 2009, and lots going on lots of procrastinating, it was a small miracle that I even got the cabinets finished!

Here’s what the cabinets looked like before.  This photo is actually from another bathroom in our house, but these are basically the same cabinets.  (Don’t worry, this bathroom will be getting a makeover too!)

Bathroom Cabinets Before

I’ve obviously got lots of stuff left on my To Do list for the bathroom, but here are the cabinets today!

Bathroom Cabinets After 3

Bathroom Cabinets After 4

Bathroom Cabinets After 2

I’m really happy with the way they turned out!  The white is a thousand times better than the medium oak stain they were previously.  As I mentioned in my last post, I spray painted the cabinets, using Remodeling Guy’s suggestions.  Here is the paint I used:

Bathroom Spray Paint

I was very pleased with the ease and quickness of painting the doors.  Painting the cabinet frame was a huge pain, and based on that step alone, I would recommend that if you are interested in going the spray painting route to avoid the appearance of brush strokes, that you spray the doors and use traditional roller or brush methods for the frame.  As for the durability of the spray paint on the cabinets….I’ve already touched up one cabinet that chipped when I banged it on installation.  I’m not sure how durable this will be.  I used primer spray, but I did not sand.  Maybe that was a mistake?  I’m not expecting lifetime durability by any means, but I’m pleased with it for now.

I’m so happy with the way this bathroom is coming along, and I’m really looking forward to adding the beadboard next!  I’ll definitely be sharing updates here as things progress, so stay tuned!

To see more makeovers from other procrastinators, please visit the Procrastinators’ Party at The Inspired Room.

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  1. What a huge improvement… I really love the photo with all the newspaper taped in place.


  2. This looks amazing. I didn’t even know they had such a spray paint. The difference is outstanding – Great work.

  3. wow!! love the white- and you are brave to use spray paint indoors! I have always wanted to try it but was afriad of the fumes! but what an amazing transformation!!

  4. WOW…..it looks GREAT! Can’t wait to see the beadboard go up! I’ll be following your progress.

  5. This turned out lovely .. great job !!! hugs, Cherry

  6. Looking way better!! love the blue too!

  7. I have the same type of cabinets in my bathroom. I been thinking about painting them. Thanks for the sneak peak (if I do.)

  8. Turned out great. Love the newspaper shot : ))

  9. Oh this bath is coming along beautifully!! Love the color!

  10. Wow! What a huge difference that made! I love the new white cabinets! Great job. Best wishes on the remaining items on the list, that is quite an ambitious project.

  11. Astrid permalink

    I’ve been looking forward to seeing how your cabinets turned out! They look great! I really like them white. Nice choice! Good luck finishing up!

  12. Very lovely! that is such an improvement! I’m curious too about the durability, hopefully it will last you years! 🙂

    Thanks for joining in the party!

  13. Kristine permalink

    Just popped over from Remodeling Guy’s blog. I’m also going to redo my boys bathroom and we have that same vanity, faucet and all. Thanks for showing me what it looks like in white because that is what I was going with.
    Maybe I’ll just wait till your done so I can see how the rest will look as I’m also going with beadboard. It looks great by the way.

  14. wow – it looks great! definitely an improvement!

  15. Hope permalink

    Very brave!

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