Our next home project is our guest bathroom downstairs. We’re also working on the nursery but there’s been a bit more focus on the guest bath. As I’ve mentioned before our home was in good shape when we purchased it and it’s an “easy” fixer upper. We’ve done a lot of painting and some decorating but there’s SO much we want to do. I’m learning to be patient with it all because we’ve been here one year and most of our big changes were outdoors. Back to the project at hand. We are all about doing things on a small budget and plan to update the entire guest bath for around $300 and this includes lighting. Our first project in this space was the bathroom cabinets which were previously an awful blah wood color. I thought painting cabinets would be a super easy peasy job but there was a learning curve with this one and I texted my girl Elizabeth a few times for advice. See the before photos and details on how to update bathroom cabinets for under $50 below.
Here is the before photo of our cabinets. See, a totally blah tone, right? I can’t wait to show you the shower curtain and other big plans we have for this space! I’ve been sharing the progress on Instagram and even showed a total paint disaster when we thought green walls was the way to go in here, ha! I’m ready to rip the lighting off the wall and replace the laundry room doors yesterday. Patience, Melissa, patience.
So. Paint is first. After chatting with a paint specialist at Home Depot we came home with a quart of Behr white paint in satin. You’ll want more of shiny paint option on the bathroom doors. The exact paint we used was Behr premium plus ultra interior satin, paint and primer in one.
First is sanding. I already knew when it comes to sanding furniture and wood it’s best to go easy. We used a 220 sandpaper lightly on the entire cabinet area and removed doors/drawer. Be sure to wipe the sanded areas with a dry cloth before you start painting.
Here’s where the learning curve came in. We had to apply 3 coats of paint to get it apply evenly and perfectly. Once everything was dried and perfect we put the cabinet doors and drawer face back on and admired our work. Insert toddler. Lincoln threw a toy, moved his foot stool a few times and bam! Scratches everywhereeeee. I was told by the paint specialist that the paint we selected would be great for an area that gets wet, moisture in the air and for a few bumps. I guess she doesn’t know the power toddlers have. After consulting my girl Elizabeth (I’m a wanna be home DIY’er and she’s a pro) we headed back to the store to buy a protective coating for the cabinets.
A layer of Miniwax Polycrylic in clear satin was applied to the entire area, then lightly sanded then 2 additional coats were applied to help project against scratches and all things toddlers. If you’re updating bathroom cabinets in a heavy traffic area I highly suggest grabbing the protective coating now and not later. This is our guest bath but it’s also the only bath downstairs so it gets plenty of use and we should have known better.
The last step (before hardware of course) was adding bumpers to the back of the cabinets so the cabinets didn’t slam and had a tiny gel protector on the top corners from general open/close use. These only cost a few dollars and will more than likely already be in place before you paint, I suggest grabbing some new ones and removing the old ones as you sand. Fresh everything!
The last part of the project was selecting hardware. We legit stood at the knob section for 20 minutes looking at the same 3 styles. We had a date night while family was in town and after dinner we headed to Home Depot. If you’re like us and go to the home & garden stores on date night let’s be besties. We discovered a few round hardward pieces we loved but they didn’t have coordinating handles for drawers and we’re all about the matchy matchy. This hardware was affordable and perfect for our small bathroom space- nothing too fancy but nothing super boring. We did spy some pretty awesome pieces but I couldn’t allow myself to spend $15 on one tiny knob.
So there you have it! My biggest advice on this project is take your time and be sure to sand and protect the work you’ve done.
A quart of paint, paint protector, hardware and sandpaper came in at $48 with taxes. Not bad, right?
The rest of our plan of action consists of painting the walls, updating or replacing the laundry doors, framing out the mirror, framing out the window, updating the light fixtures and we’re considering molding. Phew. How can one little space require so much work? wink.
Continue to follow our progress on IG here. xo