Master Bathroom Cabinets: A SagaMarch 19, 2014 - Author: Amy - 24 Comments
We bought a house with honey oak woodwork. It is not very beautiful. We’ve spent many a conversation discussing the honeyness of our oak.
“Do we just replace them?”
“Nah, that’s expensive.”
“Ugh, but sanding is so awful.”
“Maybe a new paint color and some pulls would camouflage them?”
Then, we found this.
And at roughly $75, we decided it was worth a shot.
We picked this color.
Then we sent Junior off to my parents house so I could start on the cabinets and D could spray paint all over our top floor. More on that another day, because this is where the saga begins.
I started this process over the holidays. No friends, not the green holiday we just had… the big holidays… three months ago!
The sales associate at Home Depot warned me this would be labor intensive – not difficult – just time consuming, but that the final results would be worth it.
She was right, for the most part.
Raise your hand if you noticed how I artfully took the shot without showing all our crap on the countertops.
The verdict: Meh.
Maybe a Meh + because anything is better than the honey oak that was in there…
I took pictures of the entire process, but decided not to post all of them because nobody needs to see that many pictures of that many layers of things going on cabinets. No, the process was not difficult, but it involves four different substances, each of which have to be put on one side at a time, then allowed to dry for several hours before flipping and repeating the process. And the third step, the glaze, I did twice because we weren’t loving the color. It was much more reddish/orange than anticipated.
And the finished product actually turned out a lot more red than we’d anticipated or that the box had led us to believe.
Oh, hey buddy!
Nice oak cabinets you got back there…
Sooo the moral of this story is, if you’re willing to spend a LOT of hours in your basement coating your cabinets in layers of things with pretty good results for a fraction of the cost of new cabinets, do what we did!
If you’re impatient and prone to walk away before making 100% sure you didn’t leave any drips anywhere (points to self), and you have a certain, specific color you’re after, this may not be the answer for you.
Too bad I’m cheap and have a ton of this stuff leftover and a couple more bathrooms to worry about… The saga continues!