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Taking the 80’s out of my Bathroom Vanities

Ever since I moved into my place, I’ve been working to get the 1980’s builder basics upgraded.  I bought the place from a little old lady that hadn’t touched a thing.  Gradually, and with a limited budget, I’ve been working to make the place feel more like my own.  This past week I tackled the basic oak bathroom vanities in both bathrooms.  (Kitten shot, free of charge)

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After seeing Young House Love approach a similar counter/cabinet combo, I decided to copy their method, even using the same color of PolyShades in Espresso Satin.

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I won’t bore you with every step, I pretty much followed their technique and also spray painted my old hinges.

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Quick shot before I took all the doors off. Then a shot of the twenty year old hinges to spray.

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Then two light coats of primer. This was my first time using the primer spray and I could tell a huge improvement in the spray paint adhesion and cover.242

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Then finally two light coats of Satin Nickel, good as new! It was crazy cold this past week, so I would shake up the spray paint can inside, then run out just to apply the paint. I then brought the hinges back inside to dry. No issues with freezing or drips.

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I applied two coats of the PolyShades to the doors and cabinets with a natural bristle brush.  I really liked the consistency of the stain, much less watery then normal stain and I felt like I had more control during the application.  The door on the left below has just had the second coat applied, the one on the right has only the first coat.

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I had to be patient and let the hinges set over a couple days.  As well as let the cabinets dry completely and brush with steel wool between coats.

Then, ta da, modern vanity that works with the off white counter tops.

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Hinges look great!

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The main bathroom vanity is updated too, here’s the before. And yes, that’s off white carpet, control your jealousy.

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And the after, one of these days I hope to add another base cabinet.  I’m counting on one of my neighbors gutting their bathroom and putting the old one on the curb!

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I didn’t get a single spot on the carpet!

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The project cost me:

PolyShades $12.87

Rustoleum spray paint $14.00

Steel wool $3.00

Hinges & Handles: already owned

Wins: No paw prints or emergency trips to the vet

Fails: Installed the hinges backwards, then hung the doors upside down. Fun Times.

I know the 80’s fashion is back in style, but I don’t see the home décor making a come back.

How about you? Keeping your place authentically vintage or going modern?

Have a great week!

Sarah

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