How to Paint Oak Cabinets + a Renovation Update!

Update on our modern bathroom renovation! LOVE these beautiful shower tiles!

Hey everyone! A LOT has changed since you were last here! If you are new to our Master Bathroom Renovations, start here! If you’ve been following along, you’re probably itching for an update! Last week I took a hiatus from reno updates to share my favourite tips for choosing the PERFECT bathroom tile, but I’m back and so eager to show you the progress we’ve made!

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The two main things that have transformed are the shower and the cabinets. Eek! SUCH a huge difference!

Tiling your own shower can be a BIG job! Here's a step-by-step of the process you need to go through!

Yep… that top left picture is the before pic. I hardly even remember that space! After we completed all of the demolition, we moved on to the plumbing. My husband did an AMAZING job moving all of the plumbing lines around #soblessedtohaveahandyhusband.

We have a beautiful chrome diverter that we are using so that we can have one or two of our three options on at any time (body jets, rain head, and/or shower head).

Here’s a closer look at the plumbing for the diverter (above) and for the hot & cold water (below):

Update on our bathroom renovation

I couldn’t wait. I HAD to see what the rain head, body jets and diverter were going to look like in place, so I popped them on, just to see :)

Update on our bathroom renovation Update on our bathroom renovation Update on our bathroom renovation Update on our bathroom renovation

We finished off the waterproofing by tapping all of the seams in the waterproofing system.

Tiling your own shower can be a BIG job! Here's a step-by-step of the process you need to go through!

Then we moved on to tiling the shower – which in my opinion was the MOST exciting step yet! We our tiles were 4″ x 16″ – larger than the average subway tile, but OH MAN, does that tiling take a looooong time. It is tedious work, and we had two people working together! SO proud of how it turned out.

We used our Ryobi wet saw for our tile cuts. Here my husband is cutting floor tile, but it’s all the same! lol. We didn’t have a table upstairs, and we really didn’t want to have to go back and forth to the garage between each cut, so we laid down a huge waterproof tarp and cut on the floor of the bathroom. It worked great! LOVED using the Ryobi tile saw – that’s right… don’t think my husband got to have all the fun!

And our second BIG transformation of the week….

How to Paint Oak Cabinets Transform outdated oak cabinets in just a few simple steps! LOVE the chic modern results and the navy colour!

I painted the oak cabinets!! Woodworkers everywhere are cringing right now… including my husband. I think I actually caused him physical pain when I insisted on painted the beautiful oak, but come’on. It reaaaally wasn’t going to fit my aesthetic. We couldn’t afford to buy new cabinets, so painting finally won him over.

Our simple steps to painting the oak cabinets:

  1. Remove cabinets from the room.
  2. Take doors off cabinets and remove any hardware, hinges, etc.
  3. Clean doors. We usually use TSP to wipe everything down.
  4. Scuff doors using an abrasive pad. This will help the primer stick better.
  5. Prime cabinets. Our absolute favourite primer in this house is Bullseye 1-2-3.
  6. PAINT! I used Midnight Blue from Fusion Mineral Paint because I’m currently obsessed with the beautiful colour!
  7. Re-assemble. [Optional: beautiful new hardware!]

Beautiful painted oak cabinets - follow the links for the FULL renovation reveal!

The cabinets are covered in dust and we don’t have a countertop yet, but you get the idea…

Beautiful painted oak cabinets - follow the links for the FULL renovation reveal!

So… thoughts?! Let me know what you think in the comments! One step closer to getting my bathroom back!

How to Paint Oak Cabinets Transform outdated oak cabinets in just a few simple steps! LOVE the chic modern results and the navy colour!

*This renovation was sponsored by The Home Depot Canada and Delta Canada. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. For more information, please read my disclosure policy*

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