Pinterest is involved in this project again. It seems that everything you can imagine, you will find there. This time I found this blog where they teach how to paint your bathroom cabinets. So I went to work and this is the result.
I love how my guest bathroom ended up. You can see the instructions in English on the blog Monica wants it. Or you can continue reading and I will try to explain what I did.
- General Finishes (java color)
- General Finishes Gel Topcoat (satin)
- Stripping Gel
- Metallic bristle brushes
- Tool for removing paint
- Abrasive sponge
- Soft cloth (that doesn't leave fuzz)
- Angle sanding sponge
- Electric sander
- Painter's Pyramids
- Masking tape
The first thing you're going to do is remove the doors and drawers. In a ventilated area apply a good layer of stripping gel. Follow the directions on the bottle. In my case after 30 minutes the paint began to peel off the wood, and I could begin to remove the paint with a tool that I don't know what it is called, but you can see it in the picture.
Surely you will need some other liquid to clean the wood well and remove the paint residue. I used Mineral Spirits and an abrasive sponge. I also used a brush with metal bristles to remove any paint from the corners and crevices of my doors.
In the picture you can see all the paint that was removed with the gel and then the residue that I removed with the liquid and the abrasive sponge. After thoroughly sanding the doors and drawers until they are very clean. Here is where the angle sanding sponge will help a lot. The machine can sand very flat surfaces very well, but the sponge will help you reach all those tricky corners.
Once it is all well sanded and clean, you can start painting. The technique I used to paint with gel stain is not the traditional or the right way, and it is because I wanted my furniture very dark.
Traditionally the wood is covered with the gel and immediately wiped clean, you repeat the process until the desired color. In doing so the result is that you can see all the characteristics of the wood grain; but obviously your furniture should be an attractive wood. Mine were not, or at least not to my taste, so I preferred them totally dark. If you want to do as I have done, you have to apply the gel with a cloth as uniform as possible, do not clean it. Let it dry well ( for 12 to 24 hours) and then put on another layer. Depending on how it looks with two coats, you can decide if you need a third. Apply two layers of topcoat gel.
Of course you have to do the same with the cabinet itself in the bathroom. Try using masking tape and paper to protect the floor everywhere you do not want to get dirty.
Here is a picture of the bathroom before and after. As you can see I painted not only the cabinet but I also painted the walls and made a new frame for the mirror.
In my next post I'll show you how to make a mirror frame that is cheap and simple.