Guest Bathroom Makeover

We’re pleased to welcome Sarah from Life on Virginia Street to our blogging team. Her first project remodeling her bathroom with Country Chic Paint was a huge success!

One of my 2014 Home Goals resolutions was to update all of our builder-grade beige bathrooms. The “white” laminate cabinets {which were really a weird cream color} were painted the same color as all of our trim and I knew it wouldn’t work for any plans I had to update the room. I knew I could never love any makeover if the cabinets remained the same color. As a first step, I decided to attack the vanity cabinets in our guest bathroom to take them from blah to bold, then the makeover quickly began to take shape.
Midnight blue bathroom cabinets #DIY #paintedcabinets #remodel -
Enter: Country Chic Paint’s Midnight Sky. I could tell immediately this color would play well off of the bedding in the adjoining guest room and it was nearly a dead ringer for the headboard.
I began by removing all the hardware, doors and removable drawers {two were permanently attached}. Since I was dealing with a laminate-like surface, I closely followed the instructions provided, washing everything down, sanding all the surfaces, and then washing everything off again. This helps the paint to adhere to this tricky surface. There were places I missed sanding and it was very noticeable with the first coat, so be sure NOT to skip the sanding step. It will save you a lot of time in the long run! If I had to do it again, I would also prime first just to help the adhesion process as much as possible.
Since the paint is VOC free, I was easily able to paint everything right in the bathroom without having to open windows during the frigid temperatures outside. The paint dries so quickly that I could almost reapply by the time I had applied the first coat to all of the surfaces.
After only one coat, the cabinets look streaky but I could tell the paint was adhering. Don’t panic if this is how your surface looks after only one coat.
Midnight blue bathroom cabinets #DIY #paintedcabinets #remodel -
After I had applied two coats and allowed them to fully dry, I lightly sanded everything down again to smooth out the surface. I then applied a top coat of the Midnight Sky over everything again.
Lastly, I finished everything off with a coat of Country Chic Paint Natural Wax. I love the durability it added in addition to the beautiful, subtle sheen it added to the surface. You can see the difference the wax makes below. You can see the color also darkens slightly, which I loved!
Midnight blue bathroom cabinets #DIY #paintedcabinets #remodel -
I love how the cabinets became the focal point of this bathroom makeover!
Midnight blue bathroom cabinets #DIY #paintedcabinets #remodel -
Midnight blue bathroom cabinets #DIY #paintedcabinets #remodel -
Midnight blue bathroom cabinets #DIY #paintedcabinets #remodel -
I couldn’t be happier with the results. The blue adds the perfect amount of personality to an otherwise rather bland bathroom.
Midnight blue bathroom cabinets #DIY #paintedcabinets #remodel -
Feel free to visit my blog for the full details on this bathroom makeover as well as the source list for other items in the room.


Sarah {Life on Virginia Street}

I’m Sarah and I blog at Life on Virginia Street. I’m a 30-something executive in the financial services industry living in Omaha, Nebraska. My blog is a space for me to share things I love: decorating, design, DIY projects, fabric, fashion, food, music, paint, photography and travel. Really anything that has absolutely nothing to do with my day-to-day office life. We just purchased our third home and are in the process of making it truly “ours”!

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Jan Korteland

Jan Korteland

2 thoughts on “Guest Bathroom Makeover

  1. Wow! I have all laminate cabinets in my new home and hate them. You have given me inspiration to tackle these beasts! LOL
    What condition was your laminate? I have some areas that are lifting and peeling.

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