We purchased our condo in the city five years ago. From the beginning, we knew it wasn't someplace we were going to live long- term, but was an ideal home for our current lifestyle. With this in mind, I've been reluctant to do any major home renovations. It's hard to justify dumping money into a place you don't plan on living long-term. On the flip side, I also don't mind using our condo as a guinea pig for projects because if they don't turn out, again, I don't have to live with them long-term! This past week I turned my attention towards our master bathroom (and I use the word 'master' very lightly). I've tried to ignore this room and really had no motivation to make any improvements. I think that was due to a lack of inspiration. But I finally gave in and decided even if I'm not going to create a dream bathroom, I can at least give it a face lift. So, that's what I set out to do.
Here is the before picture. To sum it up: builder's grade, beige & boring.
After removing the doors and giving them a light sanding, I started with a primer that included a bonding agent. These cabinets have a laminate finish so I knew I needed something stronger than a basic primer. Be sure to use a foam roller for both the primer and paint. This ensures a smooth and even application.
When choosing what kind of paint to use, consult with the associate in the paint department. Luckily for me, I'm on a first name basis with these guys. They see me coming and just shake their heads, wondering what project I have up my sleeve next. Based on the kind of cabinets you have and the look you're going for, they can recommend the proper paint type and sheen finish. I went with a semi-gloss finish in Behr's Elephant Skin (two coats) and topped it off with a coat of satin finish polyurethane.
I also updated the hardware on the cabinets. Although it's a small change, it really makes a big impact.
In addition, I switched out the faucet to a more current style. The modern lines create a more up-to-date look.
Just some simple updates and adding some pops of color really can transform a space into a peaceful setting.
And with a scented candles and potpourri, not only does the bathroom look good, it also smells good!
I'll admit, I'm glad I finally gave in and decided to dedicate a couple days to this bathroom. Although there were no major updates involved, the bathroom now looks significantly more sophisticated and current. The only problem is, once I start making updates, all I can think about is what more I can do to improve a room.
Since the bathroom cabinets turned out successful, next project is the kitchen cabinets. Stay tuned!!!