Our Bathroom Makeover - Before and After - Saffron Avenue

Our Bathroom Makeover – Before and After

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Jun 18

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  1. Danielle says:

    Hi,
    Love the cabinets! Could you give me some more info for exactly how you got that look?

  2. Aurea says:

    is there a certain color of polyurethane u used. Can u post a picture of which one u used pls.

  3. Sara says:

    I have glossy oak cabinets and I’m curious what level of effort and elbow grease it took you to get your finish off ? Yours look great could you give more detail about your sanding process? What grit you used? Did you use an electric sander, etc.?
    Thanks!

    • Angela says:

      I cannot remember the grit, but I would say medium grit to start and could always do a fine one after. And yes, highly recommend a palm sander! I did that and then just did the corners by hand. The whole process was sooo much quicker than painting!

  4. Shannon says:

    Girl, you killed it! I love that you painted they tall cabinet and left the vanity natural wood. It looks amazzzing! 🖤

  5. Hilary says:

    Where are your vase and stems from? It all looks so good!

  6. Leslie says:

    Oh I LOVE this post! I desperately want to upgrade my kitchen cabinets without painting. I too would love a step by step post of the process. Your website is stunning.

  7. Seneca says:

    Looks great! I did the same with my 90s bathroom cabinet a few months ago. In my case painting would have been easier due to the cabinet shape but I like the natural look. I see you painted the wood trim, did you do that through the house or just the bathroom? I’m struggling with that in my own space.

  8. Michele says:

    I love your bathroom – it looks gorgeous! Was also wondering where you got your shower curtain. Love it!

  9. Lacy Edwards says:

    Hi! This is gorgeous. Where is your olive stem from? Great work!

  10. April says:

    You did a great job, very inspiring! I have oak & don’t want to paint them & have to worry about it chipping off & looking bad! Did you use a filter on your after picture?
    Thanks 😊

    • Angela says:

      Thanks! I had to lighten the photo, simply because there is no natural light and didn’t want the lights above the sink on for pics (too blown out). But, it’s actually pretty spot-on in comparison to real life. If anything the photos gave it a very slight pink hue and more of a contrast with the wood grain..which didn’t seem as noticeable IRL. – These were oak and I thought turned out great, especially considering how much cheaper and easier it was than painting! – BUT, keep in mind that the other reason I couldn’t do the same sanded down look on the tall cabinet is because the side piece (going up to the wall to the right of the sink) was not real wood..so I had no choice but to paint the tall cabinet!

  11. Jennifer says:

    I love this! I noticed you have knobs in originals and drawer pulls in the after photo. How did you fill existing holes with the natural finish?

    • Angela says:

      Good question! I did my best to simply try to match wood filler color. If you went in and looked for it, you’d probably see one or two, but most matched And filled well!

  12. Muditha says:

    Beautiful! How did you get rid of the hole that the original knob was in??? For the cabinets I mean?

    • Angela says:

      I just found a matching wood filler color :) – if you look close enough on a couple of drawers you can slightly see it, but to the unknown eye, it blends well!

  13. Sabrina says:

    It looks beautiful! How did you do the frame on the mirror?

  14. Caryn says:

    What did you do for painting the white cabinet? Did you do anything to remove/hide the oak grain?

  15. Lindsey says:

    What was the cost estimate for this project? Would like to do the same for my guest bathroom

  16. Sarah says:

    This is FANTASTIC! I’m curious if you think it would work on a vanity with an espresso finish. Can I sand that off too?
    Great work!

    • Angela says:

      Hi there, You could try, just test is on the back of a door. Also, keep in mind that if you have any ‘particle’ board sides, you cannot sand that down. That is why I had to paint the tall cabinet (that tall side is not real wood but printed).

  17. Steph P says:

    Hello, did you sand in between coats of the poly?

  18. LP says:

    I love this. We’re moving into a home soon that we want to update but not drop huge cash on for professional renos. This is the exact style I’m hoping for, and I’m ecstatic it’s going to be in our realm of possibility!! 😂 Thank you for sharing all of this info!

    • Angela says:

      Aww, that is so exciting! Have fun with the process..you’ll be surprised how much paint can make a difference! We really didn’t spend much on this house ‘makeover’ besides paint!

  19. Pal says:

    I have the exact same vanity and long cabinet and it’s an amazing idea to keep them different yet complimenting. Love it !! Can’t wait to try the same. How long did you wait after wiping the dust with a wet cloth and applying the poly ?

  20. Elvia says:

    Love the look it’s very clean a gives it a warm look at the same time! I would like to attempt something similar however I have a side panel on my vanity cabinet (like your tall cabinet) any suggestions to still achieve a similar look? Also what about if your countertop is not so white anymore? Thanks for the inspiration!!

    • Angela says:

      Hi there! Are you doing the same thing with painting some white and some just sanded? I think your best bet might actually to know which type of wood you have and maybe buy a matching veneer or a thin sheet of wood at the hardware store to apply to the side. And our countertop didn’t look as white (next to the white cabinet)..but I left it. I thought about painting with countertop paint (which I’ve heard good things about). But didn’t care quite enough because we were going to sell soon ;)

  21. Tammy says:

    We have a similar bathroom design and love your redo. What did you do for the tub area? I was thinking of adding tile there?

  22. Tisha says:

    This looks absolutely amazing!! Gives me a great idea for my kitchen cabinets!! Thank you for sharing!!

  23. Heidi says:

    So glad I saw this post. I’m currently in the process of redoing my bathroom (THE DIY WAY). I wanted a farmhouse or rustic look. I have the exact same vanity as yours but without the left drawers. I wanted to go for a darker color and of course when I was looking at Lowe’s for stains I was immediately told to try paint. (Which I personally don’t like the look of). Then I realized I had a can of minwax gel stain. So I started to sand a small area inside the door and actually loved the bare wood. But I stained the part of the door I sanded and the grain definitely came through. Plus I was sanding with my bare hands (not recommended). It’s a very lengthy process because you have to wait 24 hours before you can apply another coat.
    Now that I’ve seen your cabinet which looks absolutely beautiful I have decided to just sand it and use the polyurethane and be done! Furthermore I have to save my energy to remove my wallpaper. But might just shiplap the walls.
    Thanks again. Beautiful job!

    • Angela says:

      I love a good DIY project, but don’t we always end up having to try a few things before we find what works?! ha! It sounds like yours is going to be beautiful and hope you love the outcome!!

  24. Meghan says:

    What grit sand paper did you use? I see that you want to sand off the finish but not sand down too far into the wood.

    • Angela says:

      Great question..whatever we had left in the garage :) – But, I would say I believe I started with a lower grit on the palm sander and then a fine/high grit to finish (smooth).

  25. Misty says:

    What color are the walls? Love the design!

  26. Anna says:

    The polycrylic you suggested is making my wood look darker. Do you have any tips on how you kept your wood so light. Thanks!

    • Angela says:

      Hmm, I wonder if it’s the type of wood?. After sanding it and silly the clear poly it did slightly ‘darken’ (well, look more wet than the dusty sanding), but still was lighter and much more neutral than the orange before! If you are testing on the inside, do you think adding a tiny bit of white to the poly could work? I’ve mixed stains with white to lighten, so it could be worth trying on a small section on the inside?

  27. Margarita says:

    Love it all so much!!, that my bathroom remodel was inspired by your remodel. We are sanding the vanity this weekend. Hope it all goes well. I’ve located similar hardware, but wanted to know what is the width of your mirror frame? My mirror currently doesn’t have a frame and so I am on the hunt for one.

    • Shelly says:

      Margarita, how did your vanity come out? I’m curious about doing this to our outdated/honey oak cabinets, and I want to know others’ experience trying this technique.

  28. Tambra says:

    Love it!! Gorgeous combination! Getting ready to do a similar makeover. May I ask why the faux floor tiles did not work?

  29. Pal says:

    Hi ,
    Love the idea of sanding and not painting . I tried to sand my oak cabinets, but they are not getting evenly sanded for some reason. I tried manual & then electric sander but its still uneven . Any idea why it would happen that way ? Or what I can do?

  30. Nancy J says:

    I’m not the original poster, but I asked that same question of another DIYer that had sanded her oak vanity. She said the secret was to use a new electric sander. She said for some reason the older ones tend to leave marks. Hope that helps!

  31. Pallavi says:

    Let me try the fine grit :) Thankyou for your reply .

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