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Bathroom Built-in Restoration

Bathroom Built-in Restoration

Our Bathroom is so close to done. Sooooo close. We just finished the last big project in there - restoring the big built-in cabinet along the short wall.

This project was really a combination of a few mini projects - which is why it took so long. First we got all of the paint off of the original cabinet hardware. We've gotten pretty good at getting paint off of door knobs and hinges since everything in our house was covered in nasty paint. You can see the step-by-step instructions on how to do it yourself HERE. You might notice there are only three hinges in the pictures of the hardware. That was a surprise - not a good one. I'll get back to that later.

Removing Paint from bathroom cabinet hardware

Bathroom and hallway hardware BEFORE

The next mini project was refinishing the top of the cabinet - Don't be fooled we only got to the refinishing part after Maxx spent hours scraping paint. Originally we were planning to just repaint it white like the rest of the cabinet but the white shows so much dust and I thought it would be nice to warm up the white on white on white with a warmer tone. My dad stepped in to do the refinishing part - leave it to the pros! Thanks dad!

 The next step was repainting the front of the cabinet. This involved a few more hours of scraping, filling holes and sanding, and then I broke out the white paint again! Bye bye Yellow-white :) Here is what the surface of the cabinet looked like in the process. 

Patching holes on the from of the bathroom cabinet

First coat of paint on the bathroom cabinet

fist coat of paint on the bathroom cabinet

Original location of the cabinet hinges in the corner of the room

The last and most tedious part of the project was rebuilding the right side of the cabinet so that the door didn't hinge from the corner of the wall. You can see in the picture of the cabinet without the doors - The cabinet used to hinge from the corner. It was kind of a pain because of the trim along the bottom of the wall we couldn't really open the cabinet more than 25%. What's the point of all of that bathroom storage if you can't use it! The other thing we learned when we took the doors off that I mentioned before was that we were missing a hinge on that corner side! No wonder it was so messed-up - we had a 15lb solid wood door swinging on one hinge that was caked in paint and jammed in a corner. So we needed to do some re-configuring. Maxx took the cabinet door apart and ended up cutting it and moving the location of the hinges over about 4 inches from the wall. You can see if you look closely in the new photos the hinges on the right side are not right in the corner of the room anymore. You can also see if you look closely our replacement hinge - It's a little more shinny than the old ones.    

Cutting the bathroom cabinet door

Cutting the bathroom cabinet door

Cutting the bathroom cabinet door

Any thoughts on the blue color the inside of the cabinets are painted? We didn't do much to the inside of the cabinet yet - just a light sand on the shelves. We haven't re-done any of the closets or cabinets in the house yet and there are a lot of them. Trying to prioritize fixing all of the ugly stuff we see every day first! 

And here are the final results :) It has really come a long way. I can't even believe how gross the bathroom started out. It gives me the creeps just looking at that before picture! Now I promise just a few more small projects and I'll do a bathroom reveal. In the mean time you can see all of our bathroom projects HERE.

BEFORE

Bathroom Cabinet Before

AFTER

Finished Bathroom Cabinet 

Refurbished Brass Hardware

Bathroom Cabinet After

Bathroom Cabinet After

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