more master bath questions

06 March 2012

Some more follow-up questions on the master bath:

How did you paint your vanity?

If you want a full, lengthy explanation you can see my post on how to paint kitchen cabinets here.

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Basically, this is how it goes:
1. clean & sand it down~this will increase paint adhesion. It doesn’t have to be bare wood, enough to remove most of the outer finish. I like to use liquid sandpaper for the base cabinet.
2. apply 2 coats of Zinsser primer, sanding in between with a fine sanding block.

3. Apply 2 coats of paint~I love Benjamin Moore Impervo or Advance paint on cabinets. The color we used is BM white dove. It’s a lovely white.
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4. Add new hardware! These are from Lowes, Ebay is a great source as well. We spray painted the hinges Krylon’s satin nickel.
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What can you tell me about the quality of the shelves...I went to order the same ones from Home Depot and they had HORRIBLE reviews.  Most people commented on how cheap they were and how they wouldn't hold anything and never mounted flush with the wall.....I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!
That surprises me…we’ve loved the shelves! These are the ones we got.Any of you could install them, but do take the time to do it correctly.
First, you attach the brackets to the wall. Make sure at least one screw will be going into a wall stud and use wall anchors on the rest of them. Make sure the bracket is flush with the wall, or even point a bit upward. If it is leaning downward at all, start over.

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The back of the shelves have the slots for the brackets to fit into. You just slide the shelf on, january 2012 032 1

and secure with a little screw on top. They give you little white stickers to cover that up.january 2012 036 1

They have the weight limits on them, but they’ve held up great for us. We had a shelf that was leaning downward, so we had to re-install it. It was our fault, not the shelf’s :)
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How did you remove the mirror?

Oh goodness. I don’t know if I would do it again. We read online that a nifty trick was to use picture hanging wire to cut through the glue on the back of the mirror. You can see how much patience my husband had for that:

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He ended up pulling out the pry bar and going to town. Getting the glue off was a pain~we used a hairdryer to heat up the glue and then scraped it off with a putty knife. It still left the wall uneven as it took some of the drywall with it and we tried to patch and sand, but in our hall bathroom? We are just going to frame the existing mirror. Be sure to tape the mirror so it doesn’t shatter into a thousand pieces all over your bathroom!
I hope those helped!

Happy Super Tuesday~


  1. This bathroom is SO inspiring!  Gives me so much hope!  I know the shelves are from home depot, but can you tell me specifically which ones they are?  I'm having a hard time finding them on the website.  I live about an hour from home depot and wanted to test the measurements in our bathroom before I went to get.  If you could just tell me type/measurements that you used that would be great.  They look perfect size!

    Thanks for all the tips!

  2. Thank you for the review of the Home Depot shelves.  I was looking at them online, as we need a shelf for my daughter's decorative items, but I was worried about the reviews.  Maybe we'll try them out based on your experience.


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