Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Oh My Achy Back!
doing plenty of that lately. Back to the bathroom that I began to paint after we had to put in a new shower and added a new floor too. It was a gorgeous remodel all thanks to a shower pan leak, and I was gung-ho to get a whole new bathroom. However, I ran into painting problems right away. It was too humid (even with air-conditioning) and was not drying properly and the process upset me so that I gave up once the walls were finally done and behaving themselves. It has taken me 2 years to get back to it. Funny how that happened: I was cleaning the bathroom, and those funky cabinets stared at me reminding me that they were still waiting their makeover, when the doorbell rang. There stood a young man trying to sell me gutters, and asked if there were any other repairs he could do. I smiled sweetly and said "no," knowing all the while that I had PLENTY of repair chores needing attention! When I returned to the bathroom cleaning, I suddenly and impulsively grabbed a screwdriver and my drill and promptly removed the doors from the cabinet. Now there was no going back, I had committed!
My plan was to add black gel stain and just significantly darken the boringly average fruit-wood stain that had had over 30 years of wear and spruce it up. Well, more paint problems! ...The curse of the un-drying paint struck again! So after gagging on fumes for a few days waiting for it to dry, I wiped it all off and started over. This time I painted with oil base black paint that gloriously dried to the touch in just one hour. I was in DIY heaven! After the second coat was good and dry, I sanded off the high parts for a distressed look and then coated with polyurethane. Yesterday, I took a deep breath and tackled installing the new hardware. Before, one of the knobs had been uneven and so I was determined to use handles and avoid the previous holes which I had filled. The results of my labor are so worth the aches and pains and inconvenience of the past week. I love my new cabinet! Next bathroom project? ...Framing the mirror!