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Yesterday, I shared with you my initial thoughts on how the bathroom cabinet painting process went. Now that I’ve painted on the final step (poly), I took some final pictures of the finish and will give you a few more of my observations.
The poly went on great (though it was thinner than expected, so it was a little drippy) and changed the finish from über flat to a satin sheen. I also noticed that the base coat color went ever-so-slightly lighter during application, which made it easier to see the applied versus not applied sections as I went. I was expecting that this would expose the wood grain even more (since adding shine to anything tends to highlight flaws instead of hide them), but I found that I was happier with the results after the poly went on. Maybe it was because I was practically painting in the dark (we had a spooky storm roll through Atlanta so the sun went into hiding), but the finished result left me feeling glad that I’d decided to paint the cabinet. Sure, I could have waited for a better (and drier) day to finish the last step, but I was anxious to get my bathroom put back together and the final product requires a full 24 hours of dry time (counting the rain, it will probably be more like 48).
As you can see in the below pics, the wood grain is still quite visible when the light hits it. However, my four coats seem to have at least covered the actual color of the oak, so all that shows is a little texture. It may not be 100% what I would have liked, but I can live with it.
For the poly/top coat application, I used only a 2″ foam brush and simply slopped it on. The instructions explicitly state to go over with the poly only once in each area and not to brush back over a part that has already begun to dry, so I did my best to work as quickly as possible to catch any dripping or over-application before I messed up my previous work.
Now that the final coat has been applied, I’m starting to think that this kit isn’t as bad as my initial impressions led me to believe yesterday. Instead of being in a rush to save up the money for the full bathroom reno, I can work with what I’ve got for a little while longer. I don’t really like the finished result enough to postpone my new bathroom cabinet plans indefinitely, but it’s enough that I can re-arrange my to do list and move up a few other projects that have been hanging in the air lately.
Despite the unexpected turnaround in my opinion (what a difference a day – and a coat of poly – makes, eh?), there are a few more things that I need to do in order to put a big, fat, check mark next to this list item. For one, the bathroom hardware needs to be clean and sprayed with a new finish:
And I need to find two pulls for the door fronts. Since this is still a temporary upgrade until the full bathroom reno begins, I don’t think I want to spend too much on hardware, but since it’s only two pulls, I can probably splurge more than I would have expected. The only question that comes after is whether or not to add two purely decorative knobs to the top two drawer fronts. Thoughts?
Continuing with my comments from yesterday, the poly stretched just as far as the bond coat when it came to what was left in the can. The “small” kit (per the box says it covers 100 sq. ft. of cabinets, not including the insides) only comes with one quart of the satin top coat, but I barely made a dent in it. Now that I’ve decided I like the finished results, I can happily paint the guest bathroom cabinets to match the master with plenty of paint leftover. Heck, anyone in the Atlanta area wanting to give their own cabinets a shot with Winter Frost? I know someone with over half of a cabinet painting kit left.
And yes, this means I’m fairly sure (well, almost) that my kitchen cabinets will not be painted the same color. I’ve still got to see the finished results in the sun to make that call, which means I’ve got a week to get used to them in the dark first!
There you have it: a bathroom cabinet using the new Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations kit. With two bathrooms getting the “CT” treatment, that means that this little makeover was only $39.50 per bathroom. And since I’ve got the paint brush foam brush out already, why not go even further and give the countertop an upgrade, too? I chose a different color for the counter than the kitchen color, but let’s not get crazy… it’s still typical UDH. Reveal coming for that after the humidity gets back to a reasonable level.
And just to finish this post off with a clean before and after, here’s where we are in the mini makeover progress: