the bathroom remodel is over. well, kind of.

The bathroom remodel is done.

We did it. AND (added bonus) we stayed married through it. AND (second added bonus) I didn't get murdered in the kill room. I mean, the death shanty is still around, alive and kicking, but I think I can trust him. Look, if he was going to kill me, he would have done that long ago. Like when I poured Orange Soda all over his khaki shorts on purpose. I was mad at him. And apparently really mad at his shorts. Anyways, he could have killed me then, but he didn't! WIN.

Back to the bathroom.

It came out, absolutely, positively, better than I ever expected.
And a little different than I expected.

First, we went with white cabinets. We wanted gray, we hoped and prayed for gray, but gray didn't go our way. We tried three different grays. They stunk. The problem, we ultimately determined, was my beloved purple tiles which made grays look baby blue and I don't need a baby anything bathroom. No thank you.

We had no choice but to turn to white. White is steadfast. White is perfect. White is pretty much fabulous.

We started with oak cabinets. Oak is grainy and woody all over. It stinks to paint over. It feels rough. It's porous. It's bad news bears. We (Chuck) did a lot of research about what to do with them. We thought about wood filler, but heard mixed reviews so we went with a ridiculous amount of sanding instead.

And primer that costs $60 a gallon.
I kid you not. That primer was exactly one dress from Nordstrom. It has all sorts of good things about it and it does a great job sticking to everything. For $60, it should clean my oven.

So we deglossed, then sanded. Primed. Sanded. Primed. Sanded.
It was my hell week.
Chuck is the anti-fun.

Everything we did we sprayed on because that's what works best and we happened to have a sprayer just laying around. We could have brushed everything on, true, but that takes about a hundred years.

For the actual white paint, we used Benjamin Moore's Cabinet Coat which also costs a whole Nordstrom Dress worth (that's like a hay penny except much more). This stuff is re-donk-u-lous (that's my strongest form of the word ridiculous). It is super amazing at leveling. Oh, do you not know what leveling means? I'm sure glad I know all about it. Leveling is how well a paint smoothes out after you brush it on. If you see lines, it doesn't level well. If you see baby bottom smooth, you're probably seeing Cabinet Coat.

Two spray coats of Cabinet Coat and me (yes ME!!!!) brushing all the frames -- I did something, celebrate, National Holiday -- and we were done.

Hardware. Love.

Faucets. Love.

Light fixture. Extra love because I found him all lonely in a clearance bin. Clearance bin means insta-love for a miser like me.

These cabinets are butter smooth.

That's how we made our bathroom. DIY like you wouldn't believe.
Here's the before and after.

Oh, and the "kind of" part to being over. I really haven't redecorated yet AND I haven't done my frame around the mirror. I'm ok with that considering we finished the remodel project at 10:45 a.m. Easter Sunday and the family arrived at 11.

But whatever. It still looks bomb.


  1. Wow!! What a beautiful job you two. Can't wait to see the room in person. You may be getting a MOM-MIL visit in the near future.

  2. Looks wonderful! You might want to think about painting the trim around the window and doors white,
    to balance out the room.

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