Asked on Jan 14, 2019

How can I redo this space?

OlivaMrs. DriftMarion Nesbitt
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Hello,First off, im a man that just does not really know how to pick stuff out. I did not have a woman when I tasked with picking things out when building my house and it shows. I was overwhelmed and just did not do a great job.I just built a house a year ago and I HATE my masterbath countertops/ bath bench etc. It has to change. Im not tok happy about str8 up replacing them cause of the expense. Is epoxy an option? Refinishing maybe? Also, PLEASE give other tips on how to correct this horror i.e. painting cabinets etc. Thank you in advance for your input!

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q countertop replacement epoxy help


11 answers
  • Erica Ooh
    on Jan 14, 2019

    Honestly, to me your countertop doesn’t look that bad. Painting your cabinets to black and installing brass hardware will give it a major facelift for way less. It may just be the contrast that’s throwing it off. I’ve tried to refinish my countertops once and was pretty unsuccessful so I can’t speak from there but I’ve seen videos on YouTube of some good ones.

  • Nonni
    on Jan 14, 2019

    Looks like you did a great job with the construction. Get a sample of the countertop and take to a paint store. Usually they can pick a great color to go with things. If your cabinets are wood sand lightly,prime with a good primer and paint with the best quality paint and brushes you can afford. It makes a difference. Take the doors and drawers off to do them separately. The paint store people will tell you which paint to use. Semi gloss or gloss is the hardest finish. Good luck!

  • Lagree Wyndham
    on Jan 14, 2019

    Hey, I just refinished my Kitchen countertops with StoneCoatCountertop Epoxy over my existing Formica, they turned out great. That is an option. Just from looking at your photo, I would change out the mirrors in the bathroom with Framed mirrors, what you have in the now is to overwhelming, just my opinion. I like the countertops, but it needs to be broke up that's why I think you need to change out the mirrors so more of the wall can show.

  • Sandie60
    on Jan 14, 2019

    I agree with Lagree. Get redid of the large mirror and start over. I would put a oval mirror with frame over the sink to left in picture. Wall space, Then larger mirror (square) over the sink to the right with same frame. I would repaint cabinets in contrasting color (light color) taken from the counter top. Use same color on walls.

  • DJ
    on Jan 14, 2019

    Smaller framed mirrors would allow you to put up shelving which would clear your counter space. I have the same issue in my home.

    ‘I don’t think the counter top is bad...I do think a beige for the cabinets would be better.

  • C Crow
    on Jan 14, 2019

    I think you did a wonderful job--beautiful!

  • Ellis
    on Jan 14, 2019

    Is there a wall space on either side that would let you put in a medicine chest-type cabinet to hold all those little products on your countertop? That would help you de-clutter. There are also some nice bath accessory baskets that you could keep on the countertop to hold all the little bottles. You can paint the cabinets a color that compliments the countertop, and get some nice hardware pulls for the cabinet doors. Also, visit a store that sells organizing products--there are a lot of slide-out baskets, etc., that would go in the bottom cabinets. Or google "cabinet organizers" online.


    It's actually a rather nice bathroom, compared to many I've seen!

  • Phaedra
    on Jan 14, 2019

    Another vote for darker cabinets. I would use gel stain to make them a rich dark brown. The white is clashing with the counters. You have two counter levels . I would make that a feature. I like the idea of matching oval and square mirrors. I would make the oval one an in the wall medicine cabinet. Make sure the square one covers the makeup vanity. In the corner I would do a tall niche with glass shelving. This is for decoration. . Its not for a counter catchall.


    https://www.diynetwork.com/made-and-remade/learn-it/use-gel-stain-to-spruce-up-cabinets-lamp-bases-and-more


    I agree the stuff needs to come off the counter. If it has to stay put it in large decorative wood boxes. Anything that's out should be in a nice container. Hand soap etc.

  • Marion Nesbitt
    on Jan 16, 2019

    Need a medicine cabinet to store the "stuff" - maybe take out the angled mirror and replace it with one?? I see nothing wrong elsewise. I definitely would not paint the cabinets black - it will make your bathroom look like cave. I'd get some colour with towels.

  • Mrs. Drift
    on Jan 20, 2019

    Hi JD,

    I'm having the same problem. I would add a counter cabinet in the corner (organize personal items) off counter top, frame my existing mirror with crown molding (using COMMANDO VALCRO strips) and paint my vanity cabinets to match counter cabinet. NOTE: You might want to add a door(s) to counter cabinet!!

    See DIY examples on how to build counter cabinet and construct mirror frames.

  • Oliva
    on Jan 20, 2019

    Hi, JD,

    Remove at least one section of mirror and install an oversized, sectioned medicine cabinet with interior mirror, plug for shaver/phone, etc., and LED lighting on a dimmer on either side of cabinet, which eliminates shadows when shaving.

    If you have space, install a floor to ceiling cabinet for toiletries, paper products, etc.

    Hopefully you have a hallway linen closet for additional towels, medications, etc. that could be subjected to damage from humidity.

    The angles of the sinks could be problemmatic for two people, as I could imagine bumping into each other, if backing up without looking...

    Id find a place to hide everything on the countertop, save for soap and perhaps a hand towel.

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