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I suppose when I got fed up with the broken towel bar and ripped it off the wall would technically mark the start of the primary bathroom demo project, but in true DIY fashion, projects you think you’ve started on have a tendency to linger on as other, more important projects are underway. Like the installation of our new floors.

Now that it’s a new year, I’m determined to get this primary bath something I can feel relaxed in rather than be reminded that I’m due for a Tetanus shot. Heck, I even wrote a letter to my primary bath to prepare her for her makeover. I. Am. Ready.

So, I took the very first step this week and moved all the under-the-sink unmentionables to the guest bathroom.

Inexplicably, this small move has managed to keep the rest of our tiny bathroom relatively clean. As much as one with yellow vinyl flooring can look, anyway.

This weekend, I plan on taking the doors off and sanding them down to begin the (assuming) tedious process that is painting oak cabinets for a bathroom. Got any tips on primer or paint brands I should use? Wish me luck!

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  1. I swear by oil-based primer. It's been 1 year since we painted our kitchen cabinets, and there isn't even a chip in the paint. That stuff STICKS like crazy. Our basement paneling (which we used water-based primer on and definitely isn't subjected to as much abuse as the kitchen cabs), hasn't fared so well…


  2. A lot of people like a product called Kilz, an oil-based primer that doesn't let ANYthing peek through–be it dark stain, red paint, or hideous murals.

  3. Thanks so much for the tips, ladies! I'm determined to get this right. I'm glad I'm doing just one set of cabinets before taking on the kitchen!

  4. When I painted my kitchen cabinets, I used Ace Cabinet, Door, and Trim paint. It's some sort of latex/oil hybrid and I've been very happy with it. Jenny at Anything Pretty has blogged about this paint in detail. I used BIN (shellac based) primer but I think oil would work just as well. The BIN was tough to work with.

  5. Good luck on your reno! I found that Kilz primer works a lot better than Zinsser on covering oak cabinets. I usually do 2 coats of primer and then the color because primer is way cheaper than the paint. Be prepared because you may need 4 or 5 coats depending on how thick you paint!