This is a guest post by Helen.
Are your bathroom cabinets in need of an update? Are you short of time and money? Then read on…
Cool, Contemporary Sheen
Contemporary cabinets can be rejuvenated quite simply, with a couple of cans of hi-gloss cabinet spray paint and a few hours’ work. Hi-gloss bathroom furniture coordinates particularly well with modern bathroom suites so, if you have one of those, this approach could work really well for you!
First, remove the doors and take off the hinges to protect them from paint, then lay out your doors on some waterproof sheeting (something that you don’t mind getting covered in paint!) and spray away to your heart’s content. Choose before you begin to simply recolour the doors, using your existing cabinet body colour as contrast to your new door colour, or to respray the entire cabinet.
When spraying your cabinets, either remove them from the wall first and stand them on some sheeting, or protect your wall with (yet more!) waterproof sheeting, held in place with masking tape.
If you’re looking for a subtly striking look, try using a different shade inside your cabinets: the look is simple when the doors are closed, but when you open them you’ll get the full effect of your design.
Use masking tape, pressed down firmly and with any air bubbles smoothed out, to mark the edge between your colours, and change your paint colour on the inner edge of the outer wall, not the outer edge: your contrasting scheme will look just as good when the doors are open, but there’ll be no chance of your inner colour wobbling around the edge of your cabinet and being visible with the door closed.
Do make sure you read the specific instructions on the can before you begin, and don’t forget that it’s always advisable to use spray paint in a well ventilated area – so go outside, or open a window. Finish with some decorative draw pulls!
Distressed, Matte Finish
If you’ve got a rustic, shabby chic or coastal bathroom scheme, you can easily transform new, plain wooden bathroom furniture into something that suits your decor and sanitaryware a little better.
Again, remove your cabinet doors and hinges before you begin, and spread some protective sheeting liberally about the place.
Sand the surface of your furniture and use a damp cloth to wipe it clean. Then, if your wood is new, apply a coat of primer and allow it to dry. Next, using matte emulsion (water-based) paint, apply coat after coat of your chosen colour to build up a good, solid finish.
To ‘distress’ your finish, take some fine grade sandpaper and lightly sand the corners and edges of your bathroom furniture so that some of the original wood shows through. To help your furniture resist moisture a little better, you can apply a final coat of beeswax.
Do remember, however, that this finish will not stand up well to soaking with water or even repeated splashing. If your bathroom is very damp or your furniture is close to the basin, bath or shower, this may not be the finish for you.
Painting your furniture with an oil-based paint and finishing it with a gloss coat will not produce such authentically ‘shabby chic’ results, but if you choose a soft shade which complements your decor, you should still find that bathroom furniture made over in this way is brought in line with your preferred style.
About the Author
This post was written by Helen Davies who is a keen blogger, Pinterest addict and currently works as a freelance writer for Better Bathrooms.
We want to give a big thank you to Helen for this awesome post! What do you all think of using traditional furniture for a bathroom vanity?