The past six months have been a complete whirlwind for our family. After fighting a long and torturous battle with Parkinson’s Disease, my beloved father passed away on Father’s Day. We prepped our home for sale, packed-up and made yet another cross-country move to Texas, lived through Hurricane Harvey, and are now enduring the mess of having a swimming pool put in at our new home (that’s a future post). Whew! It’s been crazy. But, what I want to share today is one of the projects completed in the preparation to sell our California home. It’s a project I’m calling Managing Paint Colors to get the Finish You Want – a Bathroom Makeover. If you’ve ever started in one direction with your painting project and realized mid-project that your color choice or finish was not going to work, this post is for you.
The pictures above show the downstairs guest bathroom as it was before the project began; it was a nice bathroom with beautiful granite and travertine, but a builder-grade, golden oak vanity. Since we were only in the house 2 years, and wanted to make top dollar in the sale, I decided the golden oak had to go, and a blue to match my towels might be the way to go. Easy enough, right? Well, not so fast.
When we renovated the kitchen (see posts), I’d used General Finishes Persian Blue Milk Paint with a dark glaze, and absolutely loved it. So, that’s where I decided to go with this vanity, prepping with a good cleaning and very light sanding to get it ready for paint. After two coats of General Finishes Persian Blue Milk Paint, I dry brushed everything with a light coating of General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze. I was going for a Tuscan look, but it was at this point that I realized it was not going to work well in the room. I loved the look of the finish, but not for this small bathroom with all of the granite and travertine.
I’ve been asked several times why I chose the General Finishes Milk paint products for my kitchen cabinets, rather than using something like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint with Annie Sloan wax. I do love chalk paint and wax, but it is not as forgiving or easily changed in a situation like this. If I had used a dark wax to get the finish I was going for, then decided it wasn’t what I wanted, I would have had to sand off ALL of the wax before I could repaint the cabinet. Yuck!
Instead, I regrouped and changed my direction all together, going with a richer look by repainting everything with General Finishes Dark Brown Milk Paint. This color is absolutely dreamy! Like all the other GF Milk Paints, it goes on beautifully and self levels to give you a very rich, custom look, but in this case it’s the delicious look of dark chocolate. I finished the cabinet with a product I hadn’t tried before, General Finishes Flat Out Top Coat. The result is really beautiful and very custom looking. To complete the project, I added inexpensive brushed nickel pulls.
Tips & Tricks:
- If you’re not positive about the finish you have chosen, try it first on a scrap piece of wood or DO NOT USE A WAX FINISH!! You’ll thank me later.
- Try adding handles or pulls to cabinets to give them a much more finishes look. And, don’t forget to drill the holes BEFORE painting.
- Never feel tied to any finish. Play around with color and texture until you get what you want – especially if you’re going to have to live with it.
Thanks for reading,
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