Monday, January 17, 2011

~~~~~~~ANOTHER SNEAKY PEAKY~~~~~~~ Bathroom Makeover and Cabinet Redo

(We've Got Water Man!)

I hope you all had a fabuloso weekend!  I'm sooo excited to share with you that my Mr. AGPMan and I made some serious headway in our TINY MASTER BATH remodel and that has put me in the best of moods! :) 
(Somebody Help Me!  WAH!)

Funny how something as LITTLE (?) as tearing out an old nasty bathroom straight down to the studs and then working like a dog for months and months to put it back together can help you find 'your happy place' once you can see an end to the madness (how's that for a run-along statement?)...

Anyway...have a FEW new pics to show you  and also a SHORT/MINIFIED TUTORIAL on how I got my darling bathroom cabinet to go from the picture you see above to the one you see below:

Now...before you say anything about me redoing the cabinet hear me out first...
As much as I loved how it came to me from the factory I decided after it was in place it was just TOOOOO DARK for my very pale, creamy be honest with you the color sorta reminded me of 'uncooked duck' (sorry!).  Anyway I set my cap to change it and so that is exactly what I did!

Here's the scoop:

The first step in redoing the cabinet was to lightly sand the outside with a medium grit sand paper.  I did not rub the finish very much, just enough to remove the glossy coating.

The second step was to prime the cabinet with ZINSSER PRIMER.  This is Bonding Primer and it helps the new paint bond to the original finish.

After the Cabinet was primed I then gave it three LIGHT COATS of my very favorite Cottage White Paint (from Behr/Home Depot).  I used a Satin Finish and applied it with a sponge brush.

After the Cabinet had fully cured (two days) I mixed up equal parts of Glaze and Paint in a small bowl (I'm talking a tiny amount...maybe two tablespoons of each).

With a small paintbrush the glaze-paint mixture was applied to the crevices of the Cabinet
and then the excess was lightly wiped away with a soft white cloth.

(Because glaze dries a bit slower than regular paint you have a LITTLE "OPEN TIME" before the glaze-paint sets up!)

Trust me when I say this 'technique' is easier and far less messy that using an oil-based glaze.  I love that look too (which is more difficult to master in my opinion), but if the truth be told I like this one just as much!
(I painted the knobs/handles, too!)

To finish up I gave the cabinet two light coats of a water-based acrylic sealer.  Since the Cabinet is near water and moisture I wanted to be sure to seal the finish in the best way possible!

Now...if you've followed my blog for very long you know by now that I am a die-hard deal-finder! :)  I can sniff out a sale better than most anyone (OK...except for my friend, Judy the Beauty...she's the best).  Earlier this past year I knew we were going to be needing both a new sink fixture as well as a new shower head/handle combo~  So, I started scheming hunting looking for the best deal I could find!

Well, one day last fall I was shopping in Tuesday Morning and found the absolutely amazing faucet set you see above.  It has a brushed nickle finish and I absolutely love how it looks on the new sink (which we purchased at a reduced price because of a SMALL FLAW in the finish!).

What?  Give me a break!  But...after checking the price out at Lowe's and Home Depot that price was spot-on...maybe $30 higher, but not too far off Tuesday Morning's original tagged price!
 ~FABULOUS PRICE of $69.00~
(Whoot!  Whoot!  Whoot!) 

All in all we did save about $200 on just this one little (but totally necessary) item!  How cool is that???
(Old Lace and Sweet Viney Fleurs)

The bath remodel has not been without some angst.  We opted to leave the toilet in it's original place and it wasn't until AFTER the tile was installed and the floor set that we wished we had moved it over to the left about 4"-5".  There had once been a pocket door between the sink and the toilet and we failed to take it's removal into consideration when reformatting the space.  That said..we aren't changing anything.  No way.  That small detail (even though it sorta bugs me) IS WHAT IT IS!

I hope you love what you have seen so far.  I promise...before long I'll show you more!

Hope you are having a wonderful day.

Love to you...


C Pohl said...

It turned out great, what is on the top, you can't really see it in your pic, thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Looks Beautiful Sweetie and I'm soo-glad you are feeling better and that nasty bug is gone! Hugs Marilou

Mari said...



Susan said...

Rebecca I can't tell you enough how well I like your bathroom cabinet. You did a beautiful job on the transformation. Gorgeous!!

stefanie said...

oh, I love her too!!!! just gorgeous!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, Rebecca, she's a beauty; love it! You have done a beautiful job! I'm drooling here!


Mary B. in Texas said...

Rebecca, It is beautiful and I can't wait to see the rest. You and your hubby are amazing. Did you make the floral swag over the mirror, too? It just sets off the oval mirror.
Love, Mary

VM Creation Atelier said...

Dearest Rebecca:-)*

Such unbeliveble Beauty is you work!!!
And HOW much wonderful details there,OMG...this mirror making all you work exellent,dear Rebecca!!!

Much Love to you,

Theresa said...

Be still, my heart! TOOOOOO beautiful for words! Great job painting your gorgeous cabinet! I would never have the nerve to take a brand new piece and repaint it:) Enjoy your new bathroom and hurry up and show more! HUGS!

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

What a big sigh of relief. Well, it is stunning that is all I can say. You and Mr. AGPMan should be very proud. Oh and that deal on the faucet and hardware is amazing. That is worthy of a happy dance, or two, or three. I cannot get over how expensive decent faucets are and I am sure you are like me...I always like the pricier items. I am making myself crazy right now looking for a coffee table for my living room. Of course the ones I like are about 3-4 times more money than I want to spend (sighing). The search continues.
Hugs, Sue

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Rebecca,
Wow! and two thumbs up from me! your bathroom looks "GREAT" its so pretty..
All your and Mr. GPA Mans hard work has paid off. You have a dream Master Bath...
I can't wait to see more..
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

Jan's Blog said...


" SHABBY JUNK" said...

wow great bath cabinet! judy

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful Rebecca! Oh, you're so good. I've never glazed anything before. Now when you put your glaze on, did you wipe some off before you sealed it? It's just so pretty and I love your pretty mirror with all the "Rebecca touches". :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rebecca Nelson said...

To C Pohl: I added a picture of the viney floral spray and vintage crochet scarf on the mirror. The flowers are about 18 years old and near close to retirement. But...I love them so much I keep babying them along.

To Sheila: Yes...some of the glaze was wiped off with a soft white cloth so only the excess can be seen settling into the cracks and grooves! :)

More soon...xo~R

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Hi Rebecca :) You are such a tease, LOL :) I've just been loving seeing these pics of your bath redo, and I am in love with that darling cabinet!! Looking forward to seeing more.

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Rita said...

Rebecca, absolutely beautiful is all I can say! I really like the way you painted it. The other was way too harsh for your home. Good going, girl! You did it and at a good price too. Woo Hoo! I'm always game for a "sale" price.

Stacey said...

Stunning! Romantic! Gorgeous. :)

Rita said...

Oh Rebecca,
she looks great and you did a marvelous job.
thank you for your tutorial - really gave me some good precious hints which I will be sure to use when redoing one of my next flea market furniture finds.
have a great week

Anonymous said...

Loveeeee the new did a great job with adding your own touch to it....and the flower wreath over the mirror is the finishing looks so much like YOU......perfect!!
Are you teasing us with bits and pieces of the room?? I hope soon you will do an overall shot of the whole room~~can't wait for more!
Hugs, Francy

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Rebecca, I just love it! It's absolutely beautiful! When I'm ready to do my bathroom I hope I find something as gorgeous as that vanity and thanks so much for your tutorial. I will keep everything you said in mind. So looking forward to seeing more.. take care, Maryann

NanaDiana said...

Rebecca, Baby!!!! What a beautiful piece...I LOVE IT...I LOVE IT...LOVE IT...I can't wait to see the whole transformation and I just want to know that you are driving me crazy with these little "peeks" Love ya- Diana

Heaven's Walk said...

What an incredible painting job, Rebecca! It's just stunning! I'll bet that you just walk by that little jewel of a room and stop and stare, don't you? lol!

xoxo laurie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Paint away, it looks great! I don't know why we have so much angst about painting stuff. I do the same thing should I or shouldn't I. I can't wait for the full reveal, now, don't point out that 4-5 inches, no one but you will notice it if you don't point it out.


ShabbyESP said...

Oh Rebecca she is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L

Can't wait to see the rest :)

Suzann xoxoxo

Caroline said...

I love how the vanity turned out....MUCH better after you got your hands on it!...and what a great deal on the taps. I hate paying full price for anything and I too always look for a deal.

Vintage Gal said...

Oh My Gosh! I love the sink and mirror ~ how lovely. I would probably just stand and stare at it if it were in my home~ Can't wait to see more!

Victorian1885 said...

Beautiful Rebecca..can't wait to see the finished powder room!


Margo from Pieces of Life said...

Hi Rebecca,

I stumblied across your blog today and I'm glad that I did! Your vanity is to die for! Great job!


Marilyn said...

The sink base and all is wonderful. Just the right size for the space! ♥♫

Debra@CommonGround said...

wow Rebecca, this turned out beautifully! i LOVE the lightened up version of your cabinet. so pretty!

Ginger said...

Oh Rebecca it turned out so beautiful, too pretty for words to describe it. I am soooo jealous!!! It suits you to a tea.
Hope to get down to the city soon, will call you when I do. Great job girlfriend.


Patty C. said...

Did anyone expect anything less than gorgeous !!!!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Gorgeous! Love what you did to the cabinet and what a deal on the faucet!~Patti

Tanza said...

OKAY Girlie friend YoU !!! GORGEOUS !! To the MoOn .. Gorgeous !! PeRfECTo !! Shabbylicious !! Romantic, RIGHT up this girlies alley !! LoVe the little sweet lights, the mirror, floral arrangement, hankie, BOTTLES !! Gotta LoVe those bottles .. They look PeRfECt on the sweet counter top .. (does that mean you need more for tub side) in your room .. hahaha ..

Can't wait to see the WHOLE room .. darn you, for always teasing .. I'm sure EvEn your potty will be ALL dolled up !! Lovin' all your creams and whites !! You go pretty girl !! I BeT your in their playin' right NoW !!

Kudos to you sweet friend, a girlie after my own heart (ALWAYS) .. You are quite the talented one, and soo graciously share your tips and ideas with all of us !! LoVe and Hugs To you and Mr. Wonderful .. He rocks too ..
BiG potty room HuGs
~TeA~ xo

Lisa & Gerald said...

Beautiful.......Way to go..Love it already...So beautiful....

Tonya said...

Awesome just plan perfect.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Rebecca!

What a dreamy bathroom!! I love your technique on the paint finish... it looks perfect and as you said, easier on than the other technique. The faucet was a real steal!! I'm so impressed with what you've done and can hardly wait to see more.

Big hugs, Sherry

Julie Marie said...

Oooh Rebecca, I am just drooling over it all!... I would be happy to just live in your bathroom in your gorgeous home!... and the flowers above your mirror are so pretty!... xoxo Julie Marie

MFEO2009 said...

That is so beautiful. You are so talented. I love seeing your home projects!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Absolutely dreamy!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

My Country Heaven Cottage said...

How FUN!!! I must say that I too think it looks much better!
You Done Good Girl!
Now I'm waiting for you next post! LOL! <3 <3 <3 It!

Dolores said...

Wow, what an amazing buy!!! So far it looks beautiful!

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

I have to say Rebecca, this looks so much better to me, than the before shot of that beautiful piece. Oh, it just makes me sick not being able to really do what I want in my home because we rent. You go girl and blow our minds with this bathroom renovation, its already looking SO fabulous! Great Super Job Well Done!!


Laura's Rose Garden said...

Hello Rebecca!
Your bathroom is looking fabulous!! Everything is just marvelous!!!
We did a "to the studs" reno in our master bath last spring. Actually we hired our friend to do it. We bought a very similar vanity at Lowes, except ours has a walnut finish. I am still debating as to whether I will paint ours!!! After seeing yours I am leaning more towards the cottage white look!!! Thanks for the inspiration!
Love and warm hugs, Laura

Deanna said...

looks GREAT!!!!!

Carol said...

Oh, I love the vanity. It looks so much better after the an expensive piece of Thomasville. Now I am trying to figure the sink top, do you have granite or silstone?

This is a really lovely rennovation.

Carol from
Good 'Ol Texas

Christmas-etc... said...

What a lucky little room!
So elegant and perfect!

Jilly said...

Rebecca, that is amazing! You are such an inspiration to me thank you!!
Love Jilly

The Quintessential Magpie said...

GORGEOUS! It all turned out so well!!!


Sheila :-)

A Southern Rose said...

Hi Rebecca,
Today is my off day for the week so I'm kind of playing catch up on some of my favorite blogs. Yours of course being at the top of my list.:) I love how your bathroom is turning out. It is so pretty now. I just love your cabinet and how you changed it to fit your colors better. Gorgeous! Great bargain on the faucet too. It looks more like you now.

Lee Laurie

A Southern Rose said...

Hi Rebecca,
Today is my off day for the week so I'm kind of playing catch up on some of my favorite blogs. Yours of course being at the top of my list.:) I love how your bathroom is turning out. It is so pretty now. I just love your cabinet and how you changed it to fit your colors better. Gorgeous! Great bargain on the faucet too. It looks more like you now.

Lee Laurie

Anonymous said...

Oh, this soooo pretty! I have and oval mirror a lot like this one. I love the floral spray on it. And that cabinet is so lovely! Nice job sweetie!


Unknown said...

Hi, looks amazing. Can I ask, where did you get your cabinet?

Unknown said...

Hi, looks amazing! Can I ask. Where did you get your beautiful cabinet?

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