Bathroom Revamp – Part 2

Hi again! I just wanted to point out that even though this stain has its “toxic qualities”, it is still a green makeover. Since I am reusing my same cabinet (preventing it from going into the landfill), I am reducing trash, and saving money!

Ok, Ok… I know, you just want to see my DIY handiwork…

Are you on the edge of your seats?? I know all you really want is to see the before and after, so here it is, my bathroom cabinet staining project before & after!

Before & After

Before & After

Now… if you are interested in seeing how it was done, start-to-finish (and how bad it looked before it got to this…), keep reading!

Here are a few before photos…

Cabinet before staining project

Cabinet before staining project

Side of cabinet before project

Side of cabinet before project

My first step was to lay down painter’s paper & use painter’s tape to tape it to the floor, wall, and counter. Then I took all the drawers & doors off.

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I brought the doors and drawers into the basement, where I had laid out card tables, then covered them with a plastic sheet. I washed each door & drawer face with a little bit of original Dawn dish soap & water, rinsed them off, dried them really good and laid them on the plastic covered tables.

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Image-1-2Next I did my first light coat on the cabinet, I started in the bathroom, then did all the drawers & doors in the basement. I wore a pair of vinyl gloves & used an old sock to wipe the stain on the wood. It worked great, but looked awful!! Honestly, if I hadn’t been warned from the other two women’s blogs, I would have been freaking out! Pretty orange, right??

First Coat

First Coat

First Coat

First Coat

First Coat

First Coat

After that I waited 12 hours (probably a little more given the time of day I did the first coat), then came time for the second coat…. looking less orange, and more cherry-ish and possibly more streaky? Ahhhh… freaking out a little bit…

Second Coat

Second Coat

Second Coat

Second Coat

Ok… now we wait 24 hours….then I can do my third (and, according to the other blogs, final coat!)… Looking MUCH more like a deep Georgian Cherry color, but maybe a bit streaky? Well, maybe they will be fine… they need 3 days to dry… so we take Bubs up north for a long weekend… we come home and this is what it looks like….

Third Coat

Third Coat

Third Coat - Are those STREAKS?

Third Coat – Are those STREAKS?

I see some streaks still… FREAK OUT time… What to do, what to do??? Ok… I think to myself “Don’t Panic”, even though I am already panicking…. none of my test doors turned out this way… OMG… what do I do now?? So I decide, I will just do a fourth coat, it can’t hurt, can it?

Fourth Coat

Fourth Coat

Fourth Coat

Fourth Coat

Of course I had to give them 3 more days to dry… but, luckily only the doors and a few drawers needed a fourth coat. They look GREAT now!

Now time to do 2 coats of Polyurethane. I didn’t take pictures, since it looks the same with & without the poly. I did one coat, waited a day, and then did the second coat. I waited a few days after the second coat to put it all back together, just incase somewhere was still slightly wet. Here is the FINAL product!!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Doesn’t it look FANTASTIC??!!! I just LOVE the results and now I have MUCH more confidence to do the kitchen! Now to just find the time to do it….

Supply List

1)Painter’s Paper

2)Painter’s Tape

3) Painter’s Pyramids (2 packs)

4) General Finishes Gel Stain in Georgian Cherry

5) Old towels & rags

6) Vinyl gloves (many pairs)

7) Old socks (I think I used 5)

Some things I realized after the fact,

1) I probably was much more nervous staining the cabinet than test doors, so I was going SUPER light with the stain

2) The house may have been too humid for the stain to dry as quickly as I would have liked, causing more streaks

3) Maybe winter really is a better time to do this project, since the heat is on!

4) It really is not HARD work, but it takes a LONG time… all-in-all, it took me 3 weeks… had I not had to do a fourth coat, and wait 3 days (again) for it to dry before applying the poly, it would have been quite a bit less time.

Well, what do you think? Have I inspired you to stain your cabinets?? 🙂

Bathroom Revamp – Part 1

This was our bathroom when we bought our house, pretty plain, and honestly… kind of a pukey color on the wall. I could not wait to redo it!

Bathroom Before Revamp

Bathroom Before Revamp

After we got married I figured it was time to redo it! We had registered for a new shower curtain, new rugs, new towels, and a new bathroom shelf, so our costs would be low for the revamp. It started as a small project (As it seems, all home improvement projects start…), just some paint, new shower curtain rod, load in our wedding gifts…

After paint, shelf, & textiles

After paint, shelf, & textiles

and new faucets, new window blinds… then we thought “How about new mirrors?”… and a new medicine cabinet…The further we got into the revamp, the more ideas AND issues we came across…

New medicine cabinet, blinds & glass shelves

New medicine cabinet, blinds & glass shelves

The faucets we chose (and had already ordered) did not fit our countertop. That’s when we found out that our countertop was cut to fit the cabinet… and the cabinet, that was cut to fit into the bathroom… by this point it was too late to return the faucets… what to do, what to do… well, we decided to order a new Corian countertop, one that was a color we wanted, with the faucet holes in the correct spot, and custom designed to fit our cabinet. When we realized we would be ordering a new countertop, we thought we might as well look at cabinets too… what we found out was they all cost about $500-$1,000 and were no better than the one we already had! We decided to just keep what we had and save the money.

New faucet & countertop

New faucet & countertop

New Corian countertop & mirrors

New Corian countertop & mirrors

Fast forward two years, as I was cruising around Pinterest I found a pin about staining your “builder’s grade” cabinetry with a gel stain. The woman’s blog I found had actually copied another woman’s blog. I read both blog posts and decided I wanted to redo our kitchen cupboards. We had recently had a kitchen cupboard modified to fit our new above-range-microwave, so I had two cabinet doors to play around with. I decided to test out the gel stain. The two blogs both used the Java color stain, so that is what I tried too… here is my Java test door…

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Java Stain

I really liked it, but realized it would be a huge project and with an infant in the house I wasn’t sure I wanted all those chemicals in the air, I figured I would wait until Bubs was older and it was warm enough to do most of the staining outside.

Fast Forward about 6 more months…

Scott & I thought that maybe the Java color was too dark, so I ordered a pint of the Georgian Cherry color. My parents had a left over cabinet door so I tested it on that one… here is my Georgian Cherry test door…

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Georgian Cherry Stain

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Georgian Cherry Stain

WE LOVED the outcome of the Georgian Cherry!! I decided I was ready to do our kitchen… but then I got nervous…. so I opted to stain the bathroom cabinet instead!

Stay tuned….