The post title should probably read "paint and learn" or more appropriately "when you see a technique on HGTV that you want to try, figure out what you are doing before you jump in and start the project." But that title is a little longish.
Last November, I saw a neat kitchen makeover on HGTV where they gave the cabinetry a new distressed look. They made it look easy. I couldn't find the taping anywhere online, but I thought I could remember. Paint a few coats of your undercoat color pn the edges, paint a few coats of your top color, then sand edges to bring out the undercoat color. Sound easy? I thought so, too.
I had to prime the cabinets (really, I HAD to because they weren't in the best of shape.) I painted the edges in the same red as my walls. So far, so good. I painted three coats of the top color. Since it was a dark color, it needed three coats. They were beautiful. I wet sanded the edges and that is where it got tricky. No matter how lightly I sanded, it took the paint off down to the original cabinet color.
I consulted my local Benjamin Moore. She suggested I try a glaze technique to add the red back. It wouldn't give me the exact look I wanted, but I ended up loving it. In hindsight, I know what I should have done. I should have learned from techniques I have used in stamping. I should have rubbed a wax candle over the red on the edges, then painted the top coat. It would have created a nice resist. Hindsight really is 20/20.
So, the bathroom is finally done. Here are a few pictures. The only thing left to do is change out the hinges on the cabinets to the new bronze ones I just found at Lowe's. and place a few things on the shelf. Oh, and teach Jacob to clean his toothpaste out of the sink.
Red is Benjamin Moore Chili Pepper; Cabinets are Starry Night from Ralph Lauren.