Over the summer, a good friend of mine took a couple weeks off for vacation. We’d planned on doing some DIY work in her bathroom. My hubby was off for the summer and could watch the boy while I got my DIY fix. My friend had planned on using Rustoleum’s Cabinet Transformations to paint her cabinets. She also sent me a picture of her existing hinge hardware. Here’s the before shot.

Oh boy, definitely needs updating, right? So off to the hardware store we went. After some debate, she finally settled on their Linen color. We got it tinted and off we went with our supplies. The transformation isn’t too much work. First you use a solution and green scrubby sponge to de-gloss and sort of prime the surface. Next you fill in any hardware holes or scratches with wood putty and sand those areas. Then you paint on your tinted bond coat. You can do just one coat, or two. We opted for two coats of bond coat. Next you paint on the decorative glaze and wipe with a cloth to give the cabinets a faux wood grain finish. And lastly, you paint on the protective clear coat. Here’s a picture of me installing the new hardware she picked.

That center attached faux drawer was a pain in the butt to get the hardware installed on. The sink was in the way so it was hard to get the screwdriver in the right spot to get everything secured. This next picture is of all the hardware installed, but we couldn’t close everything because the protective clear coat wasn’t set yet. If you click to see the full-sized picture, you can barely see the drill hole on the left-most cabinet door down on the bottom right corner. I got a little drill-bit happy and drilled 3 right-hand cabinets, and one left-hand one. Oops.

Pretty fantastic, right? And it only took a couple of days. Later, my friend emailed me a picture of the color she was painting the lower half of her bathroom wall and you can see how everything looks now that it’s dried.

So, what do you think of the bathroom makeover? What’s your next transformation project?


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