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Before and After - Avocado Bathroom Update

Posted by equest17 (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 31, 09 at 12:27

Some of you may remember my post regarding the guest bath in our 70ís home. I like earthy, warm tones and the bath fixtures all function fine, so I wanted to work with the avocado colors and update on a budget. Well, I finished most of the work a few months ago, but since weíre using the bath, I had to wait until my husband went out of town to complete the counter tops. I finally did, and hereís what I have so far. We havenít decided what to do about the floor yet, so I left the quarter round on the vanity white, but that will change eventually. I donít have many accessories and I havenít finished the matching window valance, but I was eager to take photos while everything was clean and tidy.

The walls are SW Ecru; the photos don't show it well, but it made a huge difference and I really love this shade. I primed and base coated the laminate counter with SW Harmonic Tan and sponged on various acrylic paints for a faux granite look. The fabric is Waverly Indienne on the bottom and just something I found to match at Hobby Lobby for the top. The curtain rod is a bamboo pole I cut to fit, and I have another matching one for the future window valance. I've since added trim to the shower curtain and may use the same trim on the paper shades I bought at the thrift store for $1 each. I'm still considering different sconces, but these look nice for now (one needs to be rewired, hence the unlit bulb). All in all, I've only spent about $75 since I repurposed several things, like the mirrors from another bath, leftover grasscloth wallpaper and paint, etc. The faucets will be changed out for brushed nickel, which will be the biggest expense.

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Amazing! I did not only a double, but a triple-take at your countertop. I would have sworn you'd replaced the laminate with granite! Very well done, and on a budget no less! Now ... will you come and redo my bathroom for me?
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All I can say is "WOW". I can't believe how good it looks and I was ready to ask you what your beautiful granite was until I relized you painted it. You should definitely give yourself a big pat on the back for this makeover.

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Wow, all this for $75.00? You have really made the avocado work. The countertop looks great. I like your shower curtain choice and the color you choose for the cabinet.

You might be surprised if you look, though. New white drop in sinks and a white toilet would not be very expensive at all.


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That is fabulous! And so GREEN - not just in color but how you didn't rip out functional things just for a new look. You are so, so clever to make that avocado work for you.


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Oh my gosh it's gorgeous! I want avacado bathroom fixtures now! I was shocked when I saw you painted the vanity top. I'd thought you bought real granite. You did an awesome job with it and everything! The only thing I may have done differently was to age the grass clothe on the doors of the vanity. To me they seem to draw the eye away from that gorgeous counter I'm sure you labored over for hours on end.
Is the floor vynle? If so that can be painted too.


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Whoa .. How cool is that?! You did an awesome job. Way to pull the bathroom together.


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INCREDIBLE to say the LEAST. That is best 'faux granite' paint job I have ever seen. Picture a virtual standing ovation from Maine!


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Oh and I too am thrilled you kept all the bath fixtures. I'm with hhireno. And Green is DOUBLY good here.


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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It looks FANTASTIC!!!!


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Oh and I too am thrilled you kept all the bath fixtures. I'm with hhireno. And Green is DOUBLY good here.

Right on! I love how you used what you already had, instead of ripping out and replacing. People should be doing more of that these days! :-)


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I love how you made the avocado fixtures work! What a great and updated look :-) And you can't beat if for the price. Fantastic job on the counter tops, too.


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Wow! Just WOW! This is a perfect example of making those not so new colors work. Note I didn't say dated. No color is dated, imo, just not as popular as it once was.

You did a fantastic job on the counter. I thought it was a granite or a silestone type counter. And I love the shower curtain. The lights look good, too, but I see you have the brushed nickel pulls on the vanity so maybe paint the lights? You definitely have the talent. : )

And all this loveliness for $75! You really need to send these pics into a magazine or BH&G. I bet there are lots of people trying to blend new and not so new colors, fixtures, etc. Your redo would be just the inspiration so many are looking for.

Great job!!!

Diana


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I had to do a double take too! It sure does look like granite, great job!

I know what you mean by keeping the old avocado fixtures, I have the old dark beige fixtures in our front bathroom and I'll never change them out.

I can definitely see ORB faucets though. It would be the icing on the cake!


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Thank you all so much! I'm not very "artistic", just handy, so this was my first faux finish job. I'm really happy it turned out well (and inexpensive).

Happyladi, we will be replacing the master bath Harvest Gold fixtures with white, because I can't manage to work that color into the scheme and they are in worse shape. But I really like earthy green and this avocado is actually quite a nice shade. I did consider resale, though, and potential buyers at some point might have preferred white.

Justgotabeme, thanks for the input regarding the grasscloth. I think the flash really gave them more contrast then they have IRL, but you make a good point. I had to paper them since the previous plaid wallpaper was permanently adhered to the wood, but a glaze over them might be just the thing to tone them down.

What does everyone think about the sconces? They are a heavy antique-toned brass, and look like quality pieces. My only issue is that I'm using brushed nickel pulls and hardware. Do you think they work as is? I considered painting them, but black seems too visually heavy and I have yet to find a good paint that replicates brushed nickel. Rewiring them isn't an issue and I can do it myself, but they have to be removed for that anyway. If I take them down, is it worth putting them back up? I would love some opinions as to whether I should replace them or not.


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Very pretty!!! I love that you used what you have. Geez, something original too!
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oh I think it's great! double green! if you like green, why not? and they're in good shape.

this way you've saved money etc on the guest bath and changing out the mstr bath won't be so bad to do.

you did a great job of pulling it all together - super!

I think the sconces are fine - they'll be 'up there' and the brushed nickel will be 'down there' (below eye level - to me anyway!) I don't think they all have to match if separated by space like they are.


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I love it. I've actually been wondering on and off how your bathroom was coming.

I DID a double take on your counters. Thought it was granite and at the least thought new laminate. Didn't realize it until I got to the sponge pic. I need to be brave like you! Did you put a protective clear coat over the paint?

Everything really does look nice. I still like your sconces. I think the faucets will look nice in the brushed nickle.

Pat yourself on the back!


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Amazing transformation! You get the award for "Best Faux Painter!" I, too, initially thought you'd installed a new granite countertop.


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That is a lovely transformation! You chose all the right accessories and color tones. It is amazing that that is your first faux paint job. It is perfect.

"We will be replacing the master bath Harvest Gold fixtures with white, because I can't manage to work that color into the scheme and they are in worse shape."

N000OOOooo... You can work with the Harvest Gold too! You did such a fantastic job with the Avocado. You have talent! But of course if the Harvest Gold fixtures are broken beyond use, you will have to replace them to be functional. Do give it a second thought though if they can be saved.

"What does everyone think about the sconces?.... I would love some opinions as to whether I should replace them or not."

They look OK now, but when it comes time to change out the faucets I would consider changing them to match. If you have to take them down anyway to rewire them I would just get new ones. OR maybe spray paint them a deep Cream color and rub some "dark" into the recessed detailing.

If you keep them "as is" then, when you get the new nickel faucets do not go with ones that are too modern and streamlined. If you get nickel faucets that are a little "fancier" it will help transition between the modern drawer pulls and the intricate sconces.


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Keep the sconces as is - they just ooze quality!


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Wow! That is amazing! I, too, didn't realize you had painted this until I got to the picture with the sponge! I was actually wondering why you put in expensive granite and hadn't bought new sinks, too! haha Now I know!

Great job! Something to really think about - I'm going to show this to my DD. Thanks for sharing. :)


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Fantastic job. You have amazing talent. I would either keep the fixtures as is or use Sophisticated Finishes on them. It comes in the right color. You can try it 1st on an out of sight area. Only need a very tiny amount. I like contrast though so probably would leave them alone. c


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Your vision of bringing the avocado green into the 21st. century is unbelievable. I could never vision that. I love the light fixtures and would leave them as is.

Can you tell me how you went about faux finishing the counter top, i.e., type of paint, colors and entire procedure? Thanks Great job!!


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I really appreciate all the compliments and input. Since I have other projects underway, I'll live with the sconces for now and see how I feel when I get time to rewire them/replace them.

Trailrunner, I'll definitely check out the Sophisticated Finishes; can you tell me what stores might carry that brand?

Desertsteph, that exactly what I'm hoping with the various metal finishes; since the antique brass is on an upper plane and all the brushed nickel is about waist level or lower, it doesn't seem too discordant right now. I know you're not suppose to mix warm and cool metals, but it seems to work, at least to my eye.

Dilly Dally, thanks for your vote of confidence in me! The main reason I don't want gold in the MBA is because the only thing my husband asked for was a blue bedroom and I've already worked in blues, browns, and white trim. I know yellow and blue can work, but these particular shades certainly don't ;-)

I have actually already done one harvest gold update; the downstairs powder room/three-quarter bath had a gold sink and shower. The sink was leaking and we replaced it with a new vanity/sink combo, but since the shower unit was fine, I designed the room around the color. You can't see it in this photo, but the harvest gold shower is across from the toilet. The shower curtain is the same fabric as the (my3dogs-style) valance.

I almost wish the toilet hadn't already been replaced with a white one by the PO, since gold would blend in better. I guess I could always switch the master bath gold toilet and this white one and continue the eco-friendly "green" circle!

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equest, I'm happy I didn't offend you with my comment about toning down the grassclothe. I do know how a camera flash can make things pop that don't in real life. I do like the idea of the grass cloth. It has such a wonderful texture.
As for your light fixture I'd reuse them too. They are gorgeous! I've spray painted lamps before with a regular silver spray paint, not the new chrome ones, and I think it would work fine with brushed nickel. Wouldn't look like a perfect match, but close enough to work quite well.
I'm with the group that thinks if at all possible to reuse your gold fixtures too. Do start a thread and show us what they look like. You might find the vintage bath fixtures more of a selling point than new white ones. Gives your home more character.


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Can I just tell you how FABULOUS this is???? Wow.....
I love using what I have and doing something great with it. But you just exceeded anything I could imagine doing.
You are such an inspiration. Your work may keep folks from ripping out perfectly good kitchens and bathrooms to be in vogue. You ROCK.


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Very impressive indeed
You are talented


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That is just awesome!! And I can't believe you painted that countertop, lol. I had thought you'd installed granite. The colors are beautiful in there! Fabulous work!!


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Oops. I was posting while you were equest.


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That is THE most amazing thing I have seen done with avocado!
You should enter that in Reader's Digest's DIY contest! Truly magazine quality. And your other bathroom is just as amazing. But hands down, the avocado design gets my vote!


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I think I was posting the same time as your last post. Can you please let us know the details of what you used and how you completed the faux finish on the counter? Thanks


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Where is that "Jaw-Dropping Icon" when ya need it!

OMG...amazing, simply amazing, both of them!


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You all have really made my day! I wish now that I had finished all the details like the valance and the faucets so you could get the whole picture. We're young and have more energy and ideas than money most of the time, but I'm so glad to know it doesn't show!

As far as the details, I cleaned the counter well with a green scrubbing pad and homemade scouring powder (baking soda, borax, and salt), but any abrasive cleanser should work. I rinsed and wiped it down, then trimmed away some of the excess caulk around the sinks. I brushed on a coat of SW Adhesion Primer. Itís pretty thin and goes a very long way, so a quart should be plenty. I let it dry overnight, but that might not be necessary. In the morning, I did two coats of satin base color SW Harmonic Tan. I didnít tape off for this, since I wanted to get really close to the wall and sinks. I let this dry for a day as well; again, that might be overkill, but I wanted to make sure everything was fully cured. I used blue painters tape along the wall and around the sinks after the base coat was set.

I bought a set of two sea sponges at Hobby Lobby; one was bigger and softer, the other smaller and a bit stiffer. I picked acrylic paints that coordinated with my fabric; I used Americana brand Raw Umber and Camel and Anitaís All Purpose brand Black, Safari Taupe, and Olive Green. I dampened the large sea sponge, dipped it in the paint on a paper plate, and smeared it around on the plate to get off the excess. I dabbed on the black first, then raw umber, and then the lighter colors. Use a light pouncing motion and donít let it smear or it looks unrealistic.

I didnít wait long enough for each color to set at first and it started to look a bit muddied. So I sponged the base color on very generously over the whole thing to reset the stage a bit. This worked really well, but if I had waited longer between paints, it might not have been necessary. Then again, it might be what gave me such a realistic look! I went back over with all the colors again using the smaller, stiffer sponge to break up any big blotches of color and get into the tight places. I used very little green and khaki (Safari Taupe), just little bits here and there to tie in the room colors. The black, raw umber, and Harmonic Tan base coat were really the key players. I think you could use these paints and add an accent color or two of any muted shade and make it work with other fabrics or dťcor.

After it all dried, I used three coats of water based polyurethane. It left some brush strokes I wasnít thrilled with, so I may experiment with a different product or application method if there is a next time. Also, I would recommend removing the painterís tape before the poly coat if you have a steady hand. I neglected to and the tape peeled off a bit of the poly in some places.

Well, thatís it in a nutshell. Hope that wasnít too many details, but since I had to figure it out as I went, I wanted to share as much as possible. Hereís a close up picture so you can see the mix of colors.

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had to come out of lurking mode to say....

WOW!!!!!!
beautiful job!!


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Outstanding! What a fabulous job you did and I swore it was granite until I read your explanation. My hats off to you!


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Holeeey COW! Amazing!
Now I want to try that on a countertop!
I truly thought it was granite.

Not saying you need to mess with it, but if the poly brush strokes bother you, check in woodworking or antiques forum for tips. What my DH does (when finishing furniture) is to lightly sand smooth each layer of poly with 200 to 220 grit paper. Since you're all done, no harm if you just sand the top. If it doesn't level the brush strokes, drop it down a grit to 180 if that doesn't get it. Doubt I'd go lower than 180, or you'll go too deep into the poly. Gentle touch.
DH applies poly with balled up pantyhose. He gets a smooth level finish, no bubbles. He got that tip from a woodworking magazine. I tried that method but just can't get the hang of it, so I stick to my usual wide black sponge brush well loaded and do one stroke, try not to drag it back through. But that's such a nice job you did, if you do opt to work on it anymore, maybe buy one of those sink cut outs ($1 at big box stores). Put your poly on there and practice on it till you get a feel for it.

Honestly, that's just unreal. I just can't get over that job. Well done! ;D


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Beautiful! It's amazing how the avocado green becomes so much less, well, avocado when it's surrounded by the faux marble and the ecru paint with the green undertone. Colors really are relative, aren't they? It's a gorgeous makeover.


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Thanks so much for the instructions and details. I tell you, if you couldn't see the slight brush strokes you would not know it's not granite. That's a fabulous job you did. Pat yourself on the back!!


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It even looks good close up! I want to sponge paint something now!


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Brillant transformation!!!

Truly amazing job on the countertop!!! :)

Very very well done indeed!!!

Jan


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Saying I did a DOUBLE TAKE does not EVEN begin to express my admiration!!!!! Normally, I'm a lurker. I have been lain off from my job, and slowly, but surely, trying to paint and update rooms throughout the house, without spending more $ than I can afford. All my bathrooms and kitchen are laminate and I had totally given up on being to improve them. UNTIL I SAW THIS!!! May I ask where you researched the steps for the laminate countertops?? You've done an absolutely MAGNIFICENT job!!!! Can an ordinary DYI person do this too??

Joan


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Wow! I would have never thought that using more green would make the avocado green fixtures less, well, green!

The countertop transformation is truly amazing and I've always loved Ecru.


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Equest, I have admired the pics of your home you have posted in various threads, but this one is the best!
You may have made avacado "THE" color for the start of the new decade!
Although you are young and a DIYer, it is very obvious to all of us that you have an amazing eye for color.
Congratulations on a job well done :)


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I can't add to the utter amazement that others have expressed here. Wow! You did a wonderful job.


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Nicely done!


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My husband is now a fan of yours! lol. I showed him the picture and I had to convince him that it's not granite. I showed him the sponge and paint and told him how you did it, and he was finally convinced.

You obviously found a hidden "talent." Lucky girl!


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I too have decided to come out of lurkdom to say "fabulous".

Thank you for posting the technique.


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What an amazing transformation. I had to look twice to make sure it was the same sinks in there.


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I almost didn't open this post but I kept seeing it bumped up.

This is just amazing! I've loved greens (including avocado) all my life and am so happy it could all be repurposed.

You done good!


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Another lurker who simply had to step out to say you did an incredible job.


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I was going to add for a smoother look you need to sand between coats, but moonshadow beat me to it. It still looks amazing. I'm sure in real life it's not as noticable.


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equest17, it's too bad about the bedroom needing to be Blue, because you are right about the Blue/Yellow combo being unappealing. The photo of the Yellow sink looks more to be closer to Buttercup than Harvest Gold. That would make decorating around it rather difficult. I could see deep Navy walls and accesorries, with a browned out Harvest Gold fixtures set against a faux painted granite in Gold/Brown that could work. Not with that nursery pastel Yellow though. That pale Yellow was very popular back then also.

Remember to try to donate the vintage fixtures that you are not going to keep, to ReStore or put it on CL or Freecycle. Someone will enjoy it.


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I'm another lurker who had to come out of hiding to say WOW!


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Very high praise to get all these lurkers to show their faces.

To those who did, there's a post on the conversation side, that's just for you. :)


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Bravo! You are a very clever gal and you did a lovely job. I absolutely love the price tag on your amazing transformation.

I'm wondering if you can get rid of the brush strokes on your counter by a light sanding and another coat of poly? Maybe ask at the paint store.

The Spophisticated Finishes can be found at Michaels. I used "Blackened Bronze Metallic Surfacer" on my kitchen cabinet hardware, then sealed it with a few coats of water-based poly. It went from bright brass and white plastic (!) to looking like oil rubbed bronze. It was a very inexpensive fix!


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equest, can you start another thread about your master bath and bedroom colors? I love decorating in blues (and yellows) and would love to see them.


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Absolutely superb transformation!

I like your sconces. You might consider combo brushed nickel and brass faucets if you're worried about the two metals, but I don't think everything has to match anyway. Hard to tell from your pix, but the floor seems subtle enough not to require immediate attention, especially if you decide to glaze the inserts and paint the quarter round. Kudos!!!

Love the idea about switching the MB toilet with the powder rm's.


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VERY cool!!

You should save all these details and notes somewhere - I've wished I could remember how I got a particular 'look' in the past...and this one is worth replicating!!


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Equest17, that is the most amazing sponge painting I ever saw that made the counters look like real granite! I wish you lived near me to do that to my almond laminate counters in my kitchen. Thanks for sharing. I saved this post.


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I'm really humbled by all your generous praise; thank you so much for taking the time to comment! My husband is always encouraging and complimentary of my projects, but since they take so long to complete sometimes, neither of us gets the full effect immediately of the makeover. It's like getting to see the room with new eyes when I post and hear your perspectives!

Moonshadow, thank you for the tip on poly. I've used it a few times before and could never get rid of all the brush strokes, so it must be my technique. I'll have to try the pantyhose. Do you know if your husband uses water based or oil based poly? I'm wondering if oil based would be more self-leveling, as it is in paint. Since my counter is dark, I shouldn't have to worry about any slight yellowing, I think. I did try to sand lightly after the first coat of poly, but I was in a hurry. I'll try again with the right grit and use a better brush.

ejmoore, I have to admit I actually didn't research my process very much. I had read in the past that you could paint laminate, and I know there are some special (but expensive) products out there for refinishing them. But since we had talked about replacing this counter in the future anyway, I knew I had nothing to lose by trying. When I found the bonding primer at SW, it sparked the idea again. I've picked up brochures about sponge painting at the paint store before, so I knew to use a sea sponge for the faux finish. That's about it. I already had the Harmonic Tan paint on hand and liked that it was just a shade different from the wall color, so I went with what I had and used my fabric and paint chip to select coordinating acrylics.

I am not "artistic" at all (that's an understatement; my five year old niece once said what a bad artist I am ;-). I'm just handy and frugal, so I think this is definitely something anyone can do!

Dilly, I love your ideas about working in harvest gold with some browns and navy. You've got my rethinking my MBA! The yellow fixtures upstairs are brighter than the sink was in the powder room; you may be right about not being "harvest gold" exactly, though. I wasn't born in the 70's, so that's the name I tend to stick on any of those yellowish sinks and toilets. Since justgotabme asked for a new thread and you have some great colors ideas, I'll start a new post with photos of the MBA/MBR. Maybe we can find a way to repurpose the yellow in there, too!


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equest, DH and I both lean toward oil-based poly. I have had occasions where I used water based (when I didn't want ambering up to occur), but he's 100% oil-based. He said to tell you he just scrunches up the pantyhose legs and does a couple light strokes back and forth if necessary. Any more than that and bubbles will appear. He prefers to work in very thin coats, scuff sanding with 220 grit in between so the next coat has something to grab. The final coat obviously no sanding. He does 2 to 3 very light coats in all.

I tend to agree with you that oil-based poly might be more self-leveling than water. And if it did amber, it certainly wouldn't fight your work, it might just add some extra richness and depth to it? Could be very cool looking. Tho it's hard to top what you've done there already, that's for sure!

BTW, DH said of your counter, when I told him it wasn't granite "Wow, that's cool." A high compliment from my DH, a man of very few words. Most things just get a "hmmmph". ;D


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Amazing.Simply amazing. Showed my DH and he was all over it, asking questions and having me scroll back and forth! I usually don't show him photos on HD. I also love the sconces and was drooling over them.


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I am completely impressed. Bravo. Most of all I love that you used what you had and made it total beautiful without just simply throwing it in the landfill and getting something new.


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I had to go looking, on page 3, for this unbelievable transformation. I wanted to show my DH what a wonderful job you had done and he was like "We could do that". Um, yeah, maybe, I thought.

I have a large expanse of black laminate in a second kitchen that I'm going to try this on. I'm just completly blown away by how wonderful yours looks. Not to mention that you saved your landfill!

Great job and thanks for sharing with the detailed instructions!


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Awesome. I am at a loss for words. I love it. As a matter of fact, I would consider this updated and quit. It's amazing.


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Shoot, I wanted to add this post to My Clippings and it won't let me. Few I Clip but this one's a keeper!


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I must say I am impressed. And I agree with many other posters here, keep your sconces; they do give a rich look. We also live in a 70s house, and our master bath was all avocado before our remodel. It is now standard white. I wonder if I wouldn't have been more satisfied with color scheme like yours??


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Riverrat, please post a photo of your kitchen counters once you're done! I'd love to see what it looks like in someone else's space.

I have another laminate counter in the dressing area/walk in closet of the guest room attached to this bath, so I'm going to do the same technique on that counter after I paint the built-ins black. I hope it wasn't just beginner's luck in the bathroom! This redo will be free, though, since I already have all the supplies. Doesn't get any better than that!

wbgroovy, it's funny you should say that. If we ever need to remodel another house on a budget, I think I might seriously consider getting some lovely avocado toilets and sinks from the Habi store just so I could have this scheme again. Not only would it be eco-friendly and cheap, I like the one-of-a-kind look it gives. But those old toilets are big water guzzlers, so that might cancel out the "green-ness" of it ;-)


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Impressive.. and for only $75? You sure got your money's worth! Great job girlie!


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Add me to your lost of awed admirers!!!

The "granite" paint job looks like to real thing.

You go girl!!


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Great job on the "granite" - was this your 1st time sponge painting??? Since you said you had some brochures...

Keep the white toilet in the small BA - it's right next to the white sink. Unless you swap out the sink at the same time with the MBA sink. But maybe you could use the antique brass sconce(s) in that BA? I hate to see you paint them.


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But those old toilets are big water guzzlers, so that might cancel out the "green-ness" of it ;-)

OK, don't take this as gospel, but I have heard from a relative that if you put a brick in the toilet tank of one of the older model water guzzlers it makes them more efficient. Shortly after that we were painting a rental bath and removed tank lid. There inside was a brick placed there by prior tenant. So there might be something to it?


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Moonshadow, that makes a lot of sense. It only stops filling the tank when the water gets to a certain level, so putting something in there to take up space should cut down on the volume of water required. I wonder if it would still flush well, since the new reduced-water toilets seem to have a more powerful flush?


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AMAZING results! I'm so jealous, I have no vision at all, much less artistic abilities. I love the bathrooms! What's the next project???


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Another long time listener/first time caller here. Bravo on your great work! We have avocodo sinks, tub and commode at our weekend camp and wouldn't trade them for the world. Broke our hearts to have to replace the original green frig but still have the original stove. Additionally, I used to clean the home for a woman that had chocolate brown fixtures. After a good clean and dry to sink and commode, spray on furniture polish or for a longer lasting shine apply some Johnson's Paste Wax and buff the living daylights out of it. They will look brand spanking new and repel toothpaste splatters and the such while litterly wiping clean. Be proud of yourself!


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Wow - so impressive. I want avocado green now too!


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Another lurker to chime in that I think you did a fantastic job! A great inspiration for little money. You must be very proud of your creative achievement. Thanks for sharing.


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FANTASTIC!!!!


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Truly amazing...good for you! :)


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Thanks so much for the continued compliments. We are still enjoying the new look!

Arjay, I really appreciate the cleaning tips. I haven't done anything other than just regular wiping. Do you mean furniture polish like Pledge or some similar product? I have never heard of that, but I can see how the film would repel water. I may try to wax, because my sink in particular is bad about toothpaste rings!


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Wow, wow, wow!!!! What a transformation!

You've done an amazing job...it's beautiful!
I still can't get over the countertop either!


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About the brick in the toilet: I've read that it's not good for your plumbing. The brick starts to crumble and dissolve and can mess of the works. A better suggestion is some kind of plastic bottle (milk jug, soft drink bottle, etc). Fill the bottle w/ water, seal the top and put it in the tank.

About the makeover: WOW! Love it! Maybe I'll get the nerve to do something like that to my white laminate countertop in the MBA if I don;t replace the whole vanity. I'll have to practice first. :) Or I have a talented decorator acquaintance who might could do it for me.


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equest17, Yes, Pledge will work just fine. A car/paste wax gives a harder longer lasting effect. Both work wonderfully on vanity tops (unpainted), too. Ramps up the color and sheen while repelling dust. Water beads right up.

While you're at it, use the Pledge on the bathroom mirror glass. You won't have to use glass cleaner anymore. Just a quick swipe with a micro fiber or slightly damp cloth. Every mirror in our home is waxed. What a timesaver for me.


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I agree with trailrunner...just change the finish on the scones when you get the new faucets...ORB would be beautiful & fashionable! Trendy!
WOW


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amazing! Great creativity!


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Equest - How is your countertop holding up?... I'm thinking of doing a table.


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Becky and I were just talking about this posting and after a long search, I found it. I am considering using this technique on a wooden French Provincial buffet (the top) that I am getting ready to redo,
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I tell you that I have referred to this make over so many times and continue to be inspired by it , so I thought I'd pop this up front so you all can also be INSPIRED and in awe too.

I'd also love to know how the countertops are holding up and if you've had to do any touch ups etc.


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This is a test, Is this actually getting bumped up when you add a new response? And how long does it stay at the front page(s).


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I'm trying to bump this up for Rjinga...


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trying one more thing to bump this.


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Maybe it's not moving up because the original post if almost 18 months old??


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Testing....


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Rjinga, I hope you see this, since it's not moving to the top. I was out of town for the holiday, but I found your posts in my email. Thanks so much for your lovely compliments!

The painted top held up well. We sold the house a few months ago, and all the potential buyers thought it was granite! Even many Realtors (who have likely seen plenty of the real thing). I never did redo the poly to smooth out the brush strokes, and never even had to touch it up. My husband and I aren't hard on things, but I did have water, perfume, hairspray, curling irons, etc. on and around the counter with no problems. It wiped clean with a spritz of 409 and a soft cloth. If I ever do it again, I will try the oil poly with a pantyhose applicator, but I definitely recommend this easy technique if you want a faux granite top.


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I wonder how the adhesive primer that you used (SW) would compare to other primers. I'm not at all familar with this SW primer, so can you tell me was there anything special about it that maybe say Zinsser Bullseye 123 couldn't do?


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I'm not sure how it compares, but I can say the SW adhesion primer is fabulous. It is specifically made to stick to difficult surfaces like metal and plastics. Our professional painters just finished the exterior of our latest house and the crew and I were comparing notes on how great it is. They've used it on metal conduit and other things and said it was much better than XIM primer or anything else they have tried.

The SW primer isn't much more than their regular primer, I don't think. I bought a quart and it was far more than I needed. If you're just painting a wood top, you should be fine with another basic primer, but since mine had to stick to laminate, I went with the adhesion primer.


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OMG! THIS

is a jaw-dropper!!!! What a transformation! My parents have those same exact sinks not to mention Harvest gold in their kitchen as well as their bathroom. You made that avocado green look fresh & hip!

Thanks for including your step-by-step...I may have to experiment! Such an inspiration!


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Wowza!! Fabulous job! Colored sinks and toilets are in now too!


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