April 5, 2012Painting The Bathroom Cabinets Holiday Turquoise in Mom’s 50s Time Capsule Condo
By Sara In AZ
OK, wow, so we are getting pretty far along in this bathroom renovation/restoration. In just a mere 3 more posts we will have the bathroom portion of this renovation all wrapped up!
Can you believe after ALL these months it’s finally time to whip these cabinets into shape?!?
Let’s look back at where we started. This was the bathroom right after Mom bought the condo. The white cabinets were just not cutting it for me. We all adored the vintage yellow tile and the boomerang handles – so those were definitely staying! But we totally needed a punch of color in this room since we had decided to keep the walls white in here.
The first order of business was to remove all of the cabinet doors and remove as much of the old paint as possible. You will remember from this post on Prepping For Paint, we have already sanded down the bathroom vanity base and primed it with Kilz. No lead paint was in the bathroom, just a lot of crappy latex paint that was coming off pretty easily with our heat gun.
See how the paint would just peel right up. We were able to peel huge pieces of paint off without actually using the heat gun too, the heat gun just expedited matters for us. If we would have painted over the existing paint our nice Sherwin Williams paint would have eventually just peeled right up too.
So now with the old paint removed (as much as possible anyway), we had one more task to complete before the new paint could go on. We had to make a new vent board for the sink in the bathroom.
Here is the original sink front vent, you can also see the vent in the top picture above. After all the years of bathroom humidity the old wood had swollen up around the vents and had pretty much closed up. All the different paint jobs over the years had further clogged the vents, so we knew this was one piece we would not be able to save.
Here is a close up of the vent. There was just no way to get all of that old paint out. I was kind of worried at first……how would we be able to EXACTLY replicate this vent and have it look just right.
Well, look no further than Mike and his arsenal of power tools! We bought this piece of wood at Home Depot for cheap in the discount bin and Mike went to town sawing, cutting and router-ing this until it came out looking perfect!!!! GO MIKE!!!!
Here is a picture of the backs of both the new and the old sink vents. The new one, Mike just made, is on the top and the old one is on the bottom.
Here is the front of both the old and new vents. I am amazed Mike was able to duplicate it so well! YAY!!!
I thought this picture would be fun to show before I started painting over everything. As I was sanding down some of the doors and drawers the layers of paint revealed themselves to me. It looks the these cabinets were originally painted a light mint green color, then a bit of a darker olive green, then onto the lighter white shades. I can just imagine how adorable the bathroom was painted a mint green with that cute flower wallpaper! LOVE!!!
The paint we used for the bathroom cabinets was Holiday Turquoise from Sherwin Williams Suburban Modern Collection.
And we’re off! Here I am painting the vanity base which was no fun task. Let’s just say that by the end of this I was pretty much covered in turquoise paint…….even in my hair! eeks!!!!
Ohhhh the sink base is done, now onto the taller cabinets to the side.
It’s getting closer……..
Oh my gosh!!! YES!!! The entire base is painted!!! YAY!!!!
Now I have to paint all of the cabinet doors and drawers, and that nice little vent that Mike made! I have already primed the doors with Kilz and I am just starting to paint the door backs at the far end.
Here is a close up of the door backs getting painted.
Here are the drawers and the sink vent and another door after getting primed.
The door backs drying.
Finally onto painting the door fronts!
You can see I painted long into the night, as it was dark in this picture!
And everything is drying up nicely!
Soooooo, how did it turn out? Well come back in 2 weeks to see part one of the final bathroom reveal!
Come back next Thursday to see the crazy stuff we had to do to install the new bathroom faucet!!!