Updated: Monday, November 19, 2018
Dos And Donts For Painting Your Bathroom Cabinets
Do: Get a paint sprayer: A paint sprayer will give you the cleanest, most professional look. You can buy a pretty basic unit for under 100, but for about the same cost, you can rent one for the day and get a much better version.
Dont: Fret if a paint sprayer isnt going to work out. A foam roller and brush can give you a pretty clean finish.
Do: Buy several of them in different sizes and shapes. Theyre cheap, so stocking up wont cost much, and having a variety will help you to easily get into corners, nooks, and crannies.
Dont: Use a crappy product. The last thing you want is to walk into your bathroom every day and scowl at the poorly done bathroom cabinets - kind of the way you do now. One of our favorite DIYers from The Turquoise Home found a great product that we cant wait to try: "Aces amazing Cabinet, Door and Trim Paint. You can brush it on and it will level and not leave any brush strokes"
Behr Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel is another favorite for painting bathroom cabinets. "It basically performs like an oil-based paint but without the horrible smell and difficult clean up," said Provident Home Design.
Do: Take the time to sand. Weve tried the lazy girls version of painting right over other paint and it just doesnt work out well. Admittedly, sanding is a terrible, tedious process, especially if you have detailed panels that require you to get into lots of little corners, but its well worth it in the end.
Dont: Sand inside. Take it outside and put a mask on while youre at it. The dust you kick up is unkind, especially if anyone in the house has asthma.
Do: Clean the surfaces thoroughly. Youll want to use a degreasing product like "trisodium phosphate TSP cleaner and a scrubbing pad or sponge to thoroughly wash all surfaces to be painted," said Lowes. "Then rinse at least twice with fresh water and a sponge." And after sanding, youll also want to make sure you vacuum up all the dust and wipe down all the surfaces thoroughly so you dont get little pieces stuck in the paint.
Dont: Leave the doors and hardware on when you paint. You cant easily get every part of the door if you dont take everything off, and the paint you inevitably get on the hardware will make it look like a DIY job.
Dont: Forget to number your cabinet doors so you know how to put them back on when youre done. This is not a fun thing to figure out after the fact.
Do: Label the hardware, too. See above.
Dont: Paint with your animals in the room. Just trust on this one.
Do: "Let the paint settle for a couple of minutes and then look back over it for paint pooled in the corners or drips underneath the edges," said The Turquoise Home. "The paint will still be wet enough to clean up those areas and will still level and dry flat.
Dont: Quit after one coat. Youll probably be dying to be done after one, but remember: A little more effort here goes a long way.
Do: Prep, prep, prep. Tape stuff. Use dropcloths. Make sure everything you dont want covered in paint is nicely protected, or youll be scraping paint off of it FOR LIFE.
Dont: Use flat paint. Because its not washable, it wont hold up as well as another finish.
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How To Choose The Right Vanity To Kick Off Your Bathroom Remodel
"Its not always the most glamorous part of a bathroom remodel, but choosing the right vanity can make or break your bathrooms design," said Houzz. "If its placed awkwardly in a traffic route, uses poor or mismatched materials, or doesnt have enough storage, the rest of your bathroom will suffer."
The right >
Choosing a vanity can speak volumes about your design aesthetic. Lean toward traditional >
Maybe you love antiques. Finding an old sideboard or dresser and fashioning it into a vanity can bring interest and distinction to the space. Just remember to treat the wood properly to keep water away.
Modern lines have been the trend for several years, and there is no shortage of vanities that bring some panache to the bathroom.
The right size
Having dual sinks is generally preferred in bathrooms, except for powder roomsmdash;in this space, using a decorative vanity thats not dependent on extensive storage space can give this room a lift. But a tight space may make it difficult to accommodate two sinks and any semblance of counter space in a bathroom that needs to function for family.
As HGTV says, "Often its the size of the room that dictates the size of the vanity." If youre redoing a bathroom, you might want to ask your real estate agent if installing a small dual-sink vanity like this one from IKEA is a better option than a one-sink vanity with more counter space.
One of the newest trends is floating vanities, which can give a bathroom some modern flair while also functioning well in a smaller space. This wall-mounted option creates an airy feel because of the open space below.
Modern Bathroom by Palo Alto Architects amp; Building Designers Maydan Architects, Inc.
Sometimes a custom vanity is whats needed. Choose one with open space like this option to create a stylish look; you can increase the storage space with baskets.
The right material
Traditionally, vanities are made of some kind of wood or wood product, whether theyre painted, lacquered, or kept in their natural state. But they dont have to be.
They also dont need to be a traditional shape or >
This vanity reflects its abode in a unique way. "When New York design firm Carrier and Company converted an old dairy barn into a guest cottage for a client, they saw big possibilities in this soapstone cow trough salvaged from the property," said DIY Network. "Owner Jesse Carrier and his team added custom hinged wood tops to create one of the most unusual and beautiful bathroom vanities youll ever see."
This upcycled bicycle vanity from artist Benjamin Bullins made him "a Pinterest phenomenon," said DIY Network.
If you really want to use wood for your vanity, REALLY use wood. This live edge vanity will su>
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Lifting the HOA Veil
Anything that could negatively impact the value or marketability of the property needs to be divulged before closing. While there are usually statutory disclosure requirements of single family house sellers, these same disclosures are generally not required of homeowner association home sellers. This is a huge problem and herersquo;s why:
Homeowner associations HOA impose substantial financial obligations to the members. So, while a buyer may purchase a condo in great condition and needing no repairs, that same buyer is also obligated to share the cost of certain repairs to all the condos, which may be in very bad condition. Since there is no specific legal requirements in most states to disclose these obligations, the buyer often finds out after closing when presented with a special assessment that can amount to many thousands of dollars.
Herersquo;s the key to uncloaking this problem: The board of directors controls the quality and quantity of disclosure information. The responsible board treats the HOA like the business that it is and keeps certain basic information available such as:
Governing Documents. Includes the Declaration, Bylaws, Rules amp; Regulations, Resolutions which are the specific obligations each member has.
Newsletters. Reveal events renovation, litigation, etc that could indicate a possible special assessment.
Meeting Minutes. Same as newsletter but with more specifics.
Annual Budgets for Last 3 Years. Could reveal expense trends and failure to adjust for inflation.
Financial Reports. Monthly reports comparing actual expenses to budget should be available to track income and expenses.
Collection Activity. How much of the assessments are overdue 30, 60 or 90 days? If some donrsquo;t pay, guess who gets to?
Litigation Activity. Are there any pending lawsuits that could trigger a special assessment?
Reserve Study. A 30 year plan to maintain components like roofs, painting, paving, etc. This is the biggest time bomb in the many homeowner associations that lack one. Failure to plan for predictable long range expenses often mirrors a lack of ongoing maintenance which causes spiraling property values.
Percentage of Rental Units. More than 50 rentals could directly affect financing options and saleability.
Key Contact Information. How to contact the board and manager.
This list of items is the same information that any informed buyer would want. Itrsquo;s the boardrsquo;s responsibility to make it available to owners so they, in turn, can provide proper disclosure to their buyers. If buyers are informed of their responsibilities, they will make better neighbors. Does the HOA really want members that donrsquo;t care how business is handled? Is your board prepared to lift the veil of on disclosure?
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