Monday, July 25, 2016

From Gold to Espresso

I'm all pumped up after vacation to get some projects started and done! The city house has needed some freshening up - Y'all! we've been in this house 23 years as of the 23rd. Where has time gone? Anyway, the last major refresh was over ten years ago. We have lots to do. :-)

The hall bath was first on my list to tackle. Lots of golden oak cabinetry in this house but it's really good quality.
I shared my ideas for it in this post - I'm happy to report, I sanded and stained the cabinets this past week. It really wasn't too bad of a job. The old finish was pretty worn so most sanded off easily.

It looked much better after one coat. I couldn't wait to get the second coat on!

The second coat really darkened the color. I'm loving it! I used Minwax Polyshades in Espresso. I like having the poly with the stain! One less coat to put on.

 So that's one major project done. Here's a side by side before and after picture:

Yay! No more scarred up golden oak. I love how it looks!

Repairing the shower grout is the next big project then it's all the fun stuff.

While I'm waiting for my grout samples to arrive, I've been working on some fun accessories. One is the light switch plate - I knew I needed to update the old one - (it's hard to find a four switch light plate). I had spray painted it silver with the last makeover but it was pretty yucky looking. I decided to give it a fun facelift inspired by our recent trip to the Northeast.
It was really fun to paint!

Be sure to come back next week for more projects - they involve seashells and sea horses and all things nautical.