So this is what I started with.
This picture shows the internal door frame before we removed it.
I then had these ugly brown wood cabinets which were the original cabinets from when the house was built in the 80's. They are good solid wood so I didn't want to get rid of them but just needed to give them a new lease of life.
This was a very thick liquid and was quite slow to go on properly but that was not a problem as I was just taking my time with this project. I could see the project developing nicely even after the primer coat alone
After a lot of online research particularly the advice from the Centsational Girl blog, I decided on the top coat for the woodwork. Who knew how many different types of paint was out there or even the differences between a Latex Enamel and Alkyd Enamel paint! I certainly didn't before starting my research.
Located at my local hardwarde store, Strosniders, rather than the bigger ones.
I also learned to spend a bit extra money on some high quality brushes. In previous decorating projects, I have always been frustrated by bristles shedding from my brushes and causing problems to my finish. I invested in some good quality, angled brushes for this project and did not have one bristle shed. I also made sure I cleaned them up well afterwards for future projects, another part I was always a bit lazy about in the past.
So then onto the hardware. I had to clean up the old hinges as I couldn't find anything nicer in the hardware stores.
Good old fashioned Brasso to the rescue. It didn't take all the tarnish away but enough to make them usuable.
So all that was left to do was to put on my lovely new handles and knobs and then put it all back together. I wanted a fish theme so when I saw these on Amazon I thought they were just perfect and not too expensive either.
A new shower curtain, bathmats and towel purchase from Pottery Barn kids (Funny Fish theme) and the bathroom was almost completed. So here is the finished project.
I am pleased with the results and just need to create some artwork for the walls and find some knickknacks for the shelves and it will be all finished.
Now onto the study and dining room!