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Monday, March 5, 2012

At the beginning of it all......

    We had a fun 'no-project' weekend here at our homey home! We did end up taking an impromptu trip to the Kalamazoo Aviation and History Museum which the kids loved!

 Today, I'm pulling a project from the vault. {Meaning I did this a while ago but have yet to share it ;)}

 We all have those little projects that we start and then one thing leads to another and pretty soon you have a full fledged remodel on your hands! Often a project doesn't end up being as simple as we intend it to. Have you ever had that happen?

     For us it was the painting of our bathroom cabinets. This was my spring break project from last year. I loved how it turned out so much that I was able to convince my hubby to paint the kitchen cabinets! 

     Since you've seen some of the afters of this room I thought today I would show you the befores! I will say that my big plan for this room this spring is to paint it a gray color and do something amazing on the ceiling {but I digress!}. Here's the ugly cabinet that started it all!:

     Before painting these cabinets I removed the doors and gave everything a good sanding with these cool sanding sponges.

     While I was at it, the inside deserved some prettying up too! I love this contact paper that I used on the back of the kitchen cabinets here. I had plenty leftover and its an easy way to get a quick change for the better.

     This was also a great time to purge the junk that ends up collecting in the bathroom and reorganize a bit.

     The end result was so satisfying that I'm wishing I'd tackled this years ago. Its so much fresher and cleaner looking! After sanding we used a bonding primer from Sherwin Williams and for the top coat we used a paint specifically for doors and trim. {We used this in our home on our trim and were really happy with the durability of it} Because this cabinet turned out so good this is also the same paint we used in the kitchen. It is oil based so if you decide to undertake this, do it on a warm spring day when you can have the windows open. Here's the end result:

     Hopefully, the next time you see this bathroom it will be a new color and have a bit of a surprise! I can't wait!

I'm sharing this project here:

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  1. I just love the power of paint. The cabinets look awesome. Gorgeous hardware too. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  2. So much brighter and elegant looking ---- good job! And the organizing of all your things in baskets looks really good too. Surprising how paint makes a difference.

  3. My bathroom is patiently waiting for your visit... just sayin' :)

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer - From Dream To Reality!

  4. I love the new look! Great job!


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