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After moving to our new house, our first floor bathroom needed a little makeover. It wasn’t quite our style with the beige toilet, the oak vanity, and the out of place mirror. Ash was busy building the shed, so I decided to tackle this task on my own.
Here are the before and after pictures. All I did was apply gel stain to the vanity, buy a coordinating mirror, and change the decor. It just goes to show that a few little changes can make a BIG difference!
I found a great tutorial, in which gel stain was used to reface cabinetry. It’s so simple to do that I didn’t need to enlist Ash’s help at all. I was a little worried how it would turn out, so I did the inside of the cabinet door first. Loving it, I continued on to do the whole vanity, and months later, the entire kitchen (but that’s another blog post)!
The thing that made it so simple is that you don’t need to strip the wood, you just clean it and then lightly sand (giving the gel stain something to stick to).
Make sure you use General Finishes Gel Stain and General Finishes Poly, which are not sold in most stores. I got mine on Amazon (love Amazon prime!). Also, I did a couple things differently from the tutorial:
I was so pleased with how the cabinet turned out that the beige toilet doesn't bother me anymore. The neutral bathrooms tones are complimented now by the contrasting cabinetry.
After gel staining, all I needed was a new mirror – and tah dah - our made-over first floor bathroom was done!
I loved doing this project so much that I am trying to convince a few of my friends to do the same with their old oak vanities. It's just so simple and makes a huge difference.
The total cost for cabinetry materials was less than $80, and I had a lot of gel stain and polyurethane left over for the kitchen. The project spanned a week mostly due to dry time (another week if you do a trial like I did), but I only spent about 3 total hours on it.
And, Ash was happy because he didn't need to take a break from building our shed for this the bathroom update to happen. :)
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