Here’s what I started with:
It looks pretty good in the photo. But it really hasn’t stood up to the abuse my two kids dish out every day. Up close the finish looked like this:
Meet my Minwax friends: PolyShades, and Wipe-on Polyurethane. I have used Wipe-on Poly before and I just love it. It is so easy to apply and the results are fantastic. So much easier than the brush on products.
I took the door, the drawers and the top dummy panel off and gave all parts including the base a good sanding. Then I brushed on a thin coat of Minwax PolyShades in Classic Black Satin.
I allowed it to dry overnight, then I took some fine steel wool and distressed the edges. I followed up with a coat of wipe on polyurethane. I replaced the brushed nickel knobs with some simple black ones and I was done.
I’m very happy with the finish. It definitely has a high-end cabinet look, not just a home-depot stock cabinet redo look!
Sorry for this rotten photo. The bathroom is pretty narrow, so it was really hard for me to get a good photo of the whole thing.