Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Oak Laminate Cabinet Make Over


Hi!
Something is keeping me very busy these days...decided to do a little "lipstick" (nothing structural) make over in my bathroom  and I must say, "just" painting, it is not just painting when you have a little one at home and it it's too muggy outside and oppressively hot inside the painting room..I sweat buckets just to prime it! And it is a very small bathroom.
Anyways, one of the things I wanted to change was my storage...I had this old 9-cubicle unit, very practical but not stylish enough for me...
My luck: I found this ugly but perfect cabinet on Kijiji for 30 bucks. 
It is laminate, not real wood, but hey, with lots of primer I knew I could make it look old and pretty not just old ...and ugly.


So, I grabbed my material:

1. Kilzn Oil Primer (this is the BEST!)
2. My favouritte white paint, Behr Swiss Coffee
3. Painters tape
4. Sandpaper # 80, #100 and # 200  grit
5. Rags
6. Brushes and rollers
After taping, I used 2 coats of my fav fav primer. It makes it possible for a cheap laminate furniture look like real wood at the end, as the paint will stick really well to the laminate and one can distress galore.
I applied 2 coats of Swiss Coffee and sanded with # 200 sandpaper between coats. Then, lots of distressing over the edges. I used sandpaper #80 and 100 for this.

It looks amazingly smooth and "real"
The mess in between......
I also got some nice baskets to fill it  and it in no time it was ready to go into the bathroom (not painted yet)
 

THE BEST thing:
It fits as it was custom made for my little corner

Hard to see, but I painted the back a light grey, as my new walls will  be this colour

The hardware is from Home Depot...spray painted black
I love it and can not wait to show you the new bathroom, now in grey!




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35 comments:

  1. This is so gorgeous! Found you over at Bloggers Unite and I am your newest follower. Your blog is awesome! I went back and read though all of your posts. Yes all of them :) I had so much fun! My favorites are the darling 5 minute pincushion and the flower ring you made for your daughter!

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  2. Thanks for posting this, it's something I need to do to a cabinet I have! Love how detailed your post is and the cabinet turned out gorgeous after! Found you on Katie's Nesting Spot :)

    Candice
    candicecraves.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Candice!
      It is really gorgeous , I love it and can not wait to have my mini bathroom re-do done with!
      Cheers
      ANDREA

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  3. Wow! Looks great! What a wonderful transformation & a great way to store all those things

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    1. Thank you , Lisa, I really needed a prettier way to store all those necessities, and sometimes they are not pretty, need to be hidden away, uh?

      Cheers
      Andrea

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  4. Oh, Andrea, you did an absolutely beautiful job on the cabinet!!! Who knew a person could get that look with laminate. I am EXTREMELY impressed! And those baskets inside are just too cute! Good job, my friend, VERY good job!

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    1. Sue, can you believe that you comment and some others had gone to my junk mail?

      Thank you, I know you love good pieces and if you like it it must be alright!!!

      If you lived here we could have a small little business:0)

      Cheers
      Andrea

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  5. She is just perfect now! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from 20 Below. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-11.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Kathryn, Thanks!!!! I will certainly visit your party, thank you so much for inviting me!

      Cheers
      Andrea

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  6. Hi, Andrea

    I love the new cabinet, it turned out great and love the color too. I have to get some of that color. LOL I enjoyed looking around your lovely blog and found it from Crazy Cute link party. I am a new follower and I would love for you to stop by www.homesweetbutterfly.com. Have a great weekend.

    Vanessa

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    1. Hi Vanessa!
      Thank you!!!
      Your blog is sweet too and I will gladly follow you!!

      This white colour by behr is one of my fav, as it is off white , so soft....so easy to paint with , great quality.

      thank you again!
      Cheers
      Andrea

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  7. This is gorgeous! I recently bought a similar display case at a Savers here but haven't really done anything with it yet. But this project of yours has definitely inspired me to give it a try! I love the look. I just found your blog and it is so cute! I am your newest follower! I if you ever have time come checkout mine!

    -Peggy
    (can't wait to stalk your blog for other older great projects!)

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    1. Peggy, thanks!!!!!

      It is worth a try to paint it, it gives a new life to these ugly laminate pieces, so drab...
      If you use a good primer it will turn out perfect!

      Thanks for following me, I will gladly follow you back as well.
      And PLEASE feel free to stalk my blog anytime!!!

      Cheers
      Andrea

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    2. oh, Peggy, you do not have a bog...but the day you have one, let me know and I will follow you back:0)

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  8. That's beautiful! I didn't know about the Kilz primer - I have a bathroom vanity that paint will not stick to - I'll have to give it a try!

    Barb
    www.turtlesandtails.blogspot.com

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  9. Hi Barb!
    thank you!!!

    Oh, KILZN OIL PRIMER is the best!!!! and do not worry, you can mix oil PRIMER with latex paint, no problem at all.
    It will stick to the piece like anything!
    Give it a try and let me know!!

    And thanks for following me, I will gladly follow you back!
    Cheers
    Andrea

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  10. Wowzers! This is gorgeous. I can't believe its the same cabinet.
    New follower : me!

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    1. I love it too, Ally!

      Same cabinet, oh yes, just much more beautitul to the eyes:0)

      THANKS!
      Cheers
      Andrea

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  11. Just found your blog and love this project. Would love for you to share on Simple & Sweet Fridays. New Follower.

    Jody

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    1. Jody , Thank you so much!

      wil be there tomorrow!!!

      And will gladly follow you back!
      Cheers
      Andrea

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  12. I have a few laminate pieces of furniture that I have been scared to paint. I'll definitely try it now. Pinned!
    I'd love for you to share this at my link party on Tuesday.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, rachel! Just linked to you party ...so nice!!!
      will be there always!
      Cheers
      Andrea

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  13. Thanks for linking up to our Pretty Things party. Hope to see you back next week!

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  14. Love this so much I just have to feature it tomorrow!

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    1. AWESOME! Thank you so much, Jennifer!
      Just posted it and grabbed my button!:0)

      http://thesimplecraftdiaries.blogspot.ca/2012/08/featured_30.html

      Cheers
      Andrea

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  15. Holy moly! Awesome job, girl! What a transformation! I love it! :D

    Thanks for sharing at Between U & Me!

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    1. You are welcome, Courtney! will be back for sure!
      Cheers
      Andrea

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  16. I can't believe that's the same piece! Beautiful transformation! Love it. Thanks so much for sharing at my Throwback Thursday party. I can't wait to see what you share next :)

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    1. You are so very welcome! Will be back next Thursday , do not worry:0)
      Cheers
      Andrea

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  17. That is good to know. The piece looks great. I'm pinning this.

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  18. such a cute linen storage closet. I also love using Kilz Oil Primer. I use it on everything!! I came over from Adventures of a DIY mom and I love your blog. new follower:)

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    1. THANK YOU, Carissa!
      oh, nothing like this primer, uh? LOVE it too!!!
      Thanks for following my blog, will gladly follow you back!
      God Bless
      Andrea

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