Bathroom remodeling projects don’t have to be hard or expensive. In fact they should be as fun as possible. That’s why bathroom DIY projects that require little time and money yet create a huge impact on a bathroom renovation projects are a perfect investment of your time and energy. Focusing on bathroom cabinet facelifts can help narrow your focus and budget to manageable and most importantly, fun levels.
Hardware Changing your hardware may seem like a minor thing, yet it can have a huge impact on any bathroom cabinet facelift. With the simple addition of a few new knobs and hinges, you can create a drastic change or subtle yet noticeable difference in colors, styles, shapes and sizes. Don’t forget to change your fixtures and plumbing to match!
While hardware and the like make a drastic change to any bathroom cabinet facelift, it can be expensive. If you’re going to keep it under budget, used building material stores, yard sales and the internet all play a vital role in finding cheap hardware. Who knows? You might find an antique masterpiece!
Resurfacing Old Formica cabinets can be repainted easily with a little sandpaper and quality paint. Scuff the old Formica with fine sandpaper, and then apply a coat of primer paint, followed by two coats of color. Oil-based latex works perfect on Formica.
Don’t just settle for plain old paint. Many designs and painting techniques can be applied to bathroom cabinet surfaces. For instance antique crackling is a unique way to add old school charm to newly painted bathroom cabinets. And resurfacing old bathroom cabinets doesn’t have to stop there. Many painting textures are also applicable such as mottled grain, marbleizing and faux wood provide a unique texture as well as design for any bathroom cabinet facelift.
Staining This happens to be my favorite idea for bathroom cabinet facelifts. While this wont work for all bathroom cabinets, old wood cabinets can be stripped own with paint thinner, sandpaper and a heat gun and then stain can be applied to create a rich and deep look to any bathroom cabinet facelift.
Always wear protective respirators when sanding any old paint. Most old paint contains some form of toxic particulates such as formaldehyde, lead and mercury. Use gloves and eye protection when dealing with caustic paint strippers.
Once the paint is stripped, sand any rough spots down with fine grit sandpaper until completely smooth. Wipe clean with a lightly damp cloth and allow to dry. Apply the stain with an old cloth or rag and immediately wipe away any excess, leaving the stain on longer for a darker color.