Guest Bathroom DIY

Guest Bathroom DIY – Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Project

It has been a while since the hubby and I have done any DIY projects to the house. Probably because we still have images in our heads of ripping up the tile floor to put in wood flooring on the entire first floor of our house. I literally had mud for floors for a few days…but that’s another story.

If you are familiar with homes in Texas, builders love to put oak wood grain cabinets everywhere!! I think that is why I have come to despise wood grain cabinets so much.   If you’ve seen pictures of our kitchen before we remodeled it, you witnessed the oak, wood grain cabinet nightmare. In my opinion, the wood grain seems so busy to me. Every time I paint over wood grain the room always feels much calmer. Which leads me to my guest bathroom project. Yes, my guest bathroom also has the same oak wood grain cabinets. They have been saying “paint me” for years, but I haven’t felt inspired until recently.

I have loved the look of gray cabinets for years, and I knew that I wanted a calm spa look with a Country French twist. So I went to a local antique mall, that sells fun specialty paints like General Finishes, and Annie Sloan paints to look at different gray paint swatches. I immediately fell in love with Annie Sloan’s “French Linen”. It was the perfect color for my French Country Spa bathroom!!

You are going to laugh when I tell you, this is my first time using Annie Sloan paint. I know…. It’s been around for years and even people who don’t paint furniture have probably tried it, right!! The truth is, I usually make my own chalk paint. It’s so easy to do and much cheaper too. Regardless, I purchased my can of paint for $38 and a small container of the dark wax for $15 and was on my way. 🙂

Before I post any pictures, let me first apologize about the lighting in these photos. This bathroom is one of the hardest spaces in my house to take pictures of because there is no natural light, and the room is also narrow making it hard to get a good picture. I know we all have spaces in our homes like this, right!?!

Guest Bathroom - Before

Basic Oak Cabinet with 4 Doors

I know with many of these specialty paints they advertise that sanding is not required. Let me just say, I ALWAYS, ALWAYS, sand any project I am working on to ensure that the paint adheres properly. You just end up with a better outcome. I used an electric sander with a P80 sanding disc (you could also use a P120 sanding disc) to get a nice smooth finish. Once I had everything sanded, I went back over it with a sanding block to get the nook and crannies that the sander couldn’t get.

 

Cabinets Sanded & Door Removed

 

After putting the first coat of paint on the vanity I “lightly” sanded over it with a sanding block to give it a distressed look. Then using Annie Sloan Dark Wax and a rag, I gently rubbed wax on the vanity and lightly sanded again. I repeated this same process to get a nice aged distressed look (paint, sand, wax, sand)

Sanded with One Coat of Annie Sloan Paint

The last step, once I got the look I wanted was to go over it with a clear wax to seal and protect the finish. I used SC Johnson paste wax that I purchased at Home Depot for about $7.00.

 

Guest Bathroom - After

Guest Bathroom DIY

I love how much bigger the room feels without the cabinet doors.

I found this linen shower curtain that matched perfectly at Bed Bath and Beyond.

I enjoyed using Annie Sloan paint and wax. I discovered that it was easy to apply with a foam roller and paintbrush. I know Annie Sloan sells some specialty brushes, but to be honest, my paintbrush from Home Depot worked great.

Overall, this was such a fun project. I can’t wait to have friends and family enjoy it!

Jamie

Comments (22)

  • I like the French Country feel because it makes the house feel cozier. It’s really nice that you decided to go with that theme! I love the after photos, it really lights the room up and makes you feel more welcome.

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  • Oh wow, that is absolutely gorgeous. I’d love to try this in my guest bathroom at home, I can’t here because I’m renting but when I go home I can.

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  • That does give it a more open feel. I love that you found a shower curtain to match and pull it all together. Nicely done.

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    • Thank you!! I was so giddy when I found that shower curtain. It goes perfectly!!

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  • Wow, that looks great and I love that you took the doors off. I’ve used Annie Sloan paint for a dresser and I love it! It can get pricey and it’s great to know that it turned out nice using another brand of wax.

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    • Thank you! I can’t get over how taking the doors off made the bathroom seem bigger.

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  • The bathroom looks fantastic great job! I actually hadn’t heard about this paint brand either so you aren’t alone haha.

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    • Thank you!! Glad I’m not the only one. 🙂

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  • I love this so much! What a great look.

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    • Thank you, Amber!

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  • What a beautiful look! Amazing at what a little paint can do to make such a difference.

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    • Thank you, Teresa! Anything to cover up that woodgrain. 😂

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  • I love the look of the open space on the bottom. My parents have a similar set up in their bathroom so I’m going to see if they would consider removing the doors from the bottom.

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    • Thanks, Michelle!! I’m loving not having the doors on. I highly recommend it. 🙂

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  • The open space of the cabinets is fantastic. What a brilliant idea!

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    • Thank you, Liz! I wish I would have done it sooner. “)

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  • Wonderful results! they really look better now

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    • Thanks, Amy!! 🙂

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  • That is such a wonderful bathroom! I have to go to Bed Bath and Beyond really soon.

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    • Thank you, Melanie! I always find things I need when I shop there. The shower curtain was exactly what I was looking for. 🙂

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  • I love the open feel of the cabinets. The baskets are a perfect touch to this project.

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    • Thank you, Tara! I was going for a French look and the basket was the perfect touch!!

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