So, I’ve really taken an interest in redecorating… however, my husband and the pocket book… not so much. This has led me to Pinterest and trying to find things I can do to my house that will freshen it up without costing money (or very little anyway).
As I was perusing Pinterest one night during a bout of insomnia I found that there were some pretty inexpensive ways to redo cabinets that completely change the look of the room they are in! I really want to redo the ones in the kitchen and stain them black, but there are a lot of cabinets and I wanted slightly smaller project to make sure that it was something I could achieve.
I do NOT like the painted cabinet look. I’ve seen it, and I realize it has popularity, but I do not like the sticky gummy look and feel of painted cabinets, or the brush stroke look, especially in a kitchen, at least in MY kitchen. I’m sure there is a kitchen that looks amazing with this, but it won’t be in mine, so I decided to go with stain.
I chose to start with my bathroom. That way if I totally bombed it, no one would ever see it! We went to Home Depot and for 10$ we found a stain color we agreed upon called River Stone using Minwax clear and having the paint guys add a tint.
We started by taking off all the door and drawers, and using a small mouse sander to sand them down. Then we continued by sanding the vanity itself. All told I think we spent a complete total of 8 hours on this project from start to finish!
This is what the vanity looked like before we started:
Now keep in mind we have REALLY old cabinets so they are solid wood, not those cheap laminate things they make now, so this was an easy project for our house!
The only negative is, whoever manufactured these cabinets was VERY serious about their protective coats. Of all the work done on these cabinets, by far the hardest part was getting the coating off. I chose to wear a mask, as the products they used late 60’s early 70’s were sometimes pretty caustic.
Next came the staining. This is ALL trial and error, mostly because you have to decide how dark YOU want it. I did a really light coat my first time around and loved it, so we did the whole thing in one coating. I did do a spot on the back of one of the doors a little darker, but I did not like it nearly as much.
We had a lot of opinions against the gray, but I went with it anyway, and I’m REALLY glad I did!
As time goes on, I see this bathroom with a seaside cottage theme 😀
I am VERY pleased with how this turned out!
Below is a list of items I used to make this. All in all I spent about 20 on the whole thing and a lot of Elbow grease!
One More Thing…
I bought the larger can of stain, but I’m nearly positive for this project the little 8oz can would have been more than enough… it takes VERY little stain to make this type of look. AND I did not use a shiny clear coat because I did not want a glossy look 🙂
Screwdriver (or whatever you need to remove your hardware)
Eye Wear (for when sanding)
Rags or non lint leaving applicator