Painting Bathroom Cabinets – Master Bath Makeover

I’ve been wanting to redo my master bath for quite sometime.  I’ve been loving all the gray and white bathrooms all over Pinterest….of course….aren’t you??
There are two reasons I have not tackled this bathroom in the last few years and it original everything since we moved in 11 years ago…
oh, and lets throw #3 in, ….we have been looking at houses to buy
So, the big question has been major renovations? or just a makeover?
Here is what we had to work with…
A mural that was painted before we moved in by the builder and thermofoil cabinets in which the outer plastic coating had completely come off.
People are shocked when they found out I had not painted over this mural years ago.  My reasons, because #1, I don’t like to pay people to paint rooms (I only have twice in 11 years because they were 2 story rooms!) and #2 the mural was oil paint and there was texture to it, which would involve dsanding and priming and lots of work!!!
So, last month I finally decided the budget could not handle my grand Pinterest dream remodel quite yet. I decided to just paint the walls and cabinets.  The sanding of the walls sucked, the priming of the mural sucked, and the climbing on cabinetry and ladders really, really sucked!  Add in the fact that I decided to do this in bare feet and got a nasty case of plantar fascitis in BOTH feet from climbing all over for days on end!
Goodbye mural!
2 coats of primer and 3 coats of Benjamin Moore Simply White
The cabinets were the easy part!  The thermofoil  peeled off the drawer fronts in seconds.  The only place I left it was on the sides of the cabinet and the cabinet boxes.  I sanded this part with 150 grit sandpaper for a few seconds to rough it up.
Next, 2 coats of Paris Grey Chalk Paint® brand decorative paint by Annie Sloan.
I was not in the mood for waxing.  Plus, I had just discovered a new product by Artisan Enhancements called Clear Top Coat and I’m loving it.  I painted on 2 thin coats of this matte finish that works beautifully with Chalk Paint®, attached the old knobs, plus two fun whale tails I had gotten at Anthropologie and called it DONE!
I added an old door from Habitat Humanity that I painted with some Paris Grey and French Linen Chalk Paint® and chipped it up, and an old ladder from a flea market.
It is amazing how just paint and a few vintage finds can completely transform a space??
 It feels so much lighter and brighter in there!

8 Comments on Painting Bathroom Cabinets – Master Bath Makeover

  1. Marian-the-Librarian
    September 3, 2013 at 6:19 pm (4 years ago)

    WOW, MJ! This is a beautiful and amazing transformation! Hope your feet get over your fortitude!

  2. Cheryl
    September 13, 2013 at 7:47 am (4 years ago)

    Bless your heart. That mural probably did ya in, but the bathroom looks lovely. An art piece over the tub or some greenery would be the cherry on top.

  3. Between Blue and Yellow
    September 13, 2013 at 8:18 am (4 years ago)

    Great job! I’m sure it was a pain in the butt, but soooo well worth it 🙂

  4. Anonymous
    September 14, 2013 at 10:09 am (4 years ago)

    Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.:)

  5. simond simon
    November 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm (4 years ago)

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  6. S. R.
    June 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I know this is an old post…but, Why does everyone hate the mural? I thought the one by the tub was lovely and would enhance a tub soaking. Now it’s a sterile white tub. The one by the shower was too busy and had to go I agree. Is it just a matter of keeping up with the trends or did you really hate the mural?

  7. R.London
    March 12, 2016 at 4:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Thermofoil – Egads! We had the same cabinets in our entire house years ago and within 3 years they were as yellow as butter. Good to know it peels off and can be painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint. Beautiful!


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