In my front bath we have a very dated bath cabinet, complete with a blue sink and black laminate counter top!
When I remembered to take before photo I had already removed one of the cabinet doors. This cabinet has been screaming at me for some time to make it look pretty again.
Since a new top and sink or not yet in our budget, I decided to try a technique I have seen on other blogs and Pinterest of applying a darker stain over the dated brown stain.
Of course it was not as easy as that. First I used Rust-oleun’s Deglosser product to help remove the top finish. Second, I had to hand sand every door and drawer front and the whole cabinet with 60 grit sandpaper so that the new stain would stick to it better.
After cleaning up the sawdust and wiping down the cabinet, I then applied three layers of new stain in Minwax Jacobean #2750. Between each new coat of stain, I would either use a high grit sandpaper to sand down the cabinet again, and again with a fine grit steel wool before the last coat.
Now the black laminate top is not the first thing you notice about this cabinet. I think this darker stain is just what this cabinet has been waiting for – for a very long time.! To update the handles I used a spray paint from Rust-oleum in Aluminum color and in a Satin finish. I also removed the rosette back plates from the handles for a more updated look.