updating builder grade bathroom cabinets

We recently updated our Master Bathroom by making a few simple changes.  I have shared a few of the changes in some past posts as it is a work in progress.  We are almost to the point where we can officially add it to the “finished project list”.  But still have a few little things to work on.  And if any of you have ever done a little remodeling, you know how long it can take to get to some of them.  Today I want to share with you how we went about updating builder grade cabinets.

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This is was a really easy addition that really made a the regular old cabinets feel a bit more upscale.  We simply added a couple of finial feet to the base of the cabinets.  That is it.

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I love how they instantly give the cabinet a much more expensive look. 

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We simply purchased a couple of the finial wood accents at Lowe’s who had a pretty good selection with different styles and sizes.  They cost $5.98 each.  A lot cheaper than those expensive custom cabinets.

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We removed the screws because we did not want to screw them in.  These finial pieces were a little bit too short…so we simply took a couple of pieces of scrap wood and cut them into squares so that they fit perfectly on top of the base of the circle and then under the cabinet.  Then we glued them to the big circle with Gorilla Wood Glue.

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After the glue was completely dry, we painted it the same color as the cabinets (which we painted as well…I will share how we did that later this week as I have had several questions from some of you).

We had to paint two coats to cover it completely.  Then we simply glued them into place.  Then we added a touch of white painter’s caulk to fill any cracks.  You can also touch up any paint if needed where the new finial foot attaches to the base of your cabinet.

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Here is the cabinet BEFORE we added the finial feet…

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And here is the cabinet AFTER adding the finial pieces.

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A pretty simple addition that can dress up and update your older cabinets.  They look and feel like new cabinets.

If you are interested in seeing some of the past posts for some of the other changes we made to this bathroom you might want to check out the following posts.

Painted Rug

DIY Trumeau Mirror

Framed in Builder’s Grade Mirror

(We framed in the mirrors  in our Master Bedroom and also our Girls Bathroom…the tutorial is for the Girls Bathroom but it is the same process.)

And for those who may be interested, the paint color on the walls is Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray.

What do you think?


Oh…and one more thing!  I am participating in a fun Valentines’ Week Long Party with some other bloggers:

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Amy Huntley is the owner/author of The Idea Room. A mother of five, who enjoys sharing her love of all things creative in hopes of inspiring other women and families. Connect with her on Google+, or read more of her posts.


  1. 1

    This is such a wonderful tip!

    Looks amazing & is something even I could do!

  2. 2

    genius!!!! Oh my gosh, that is beautiful; and for such minimal $$ and time.

  3. 3

    Absolutely BRILLIANT!!!

  4. 4

    That was such a great, simple and classic touch. I love it!

  5. 5

    Do you think it would look well in a kitchen too? I love the look in the bathroom . . . . it looks so elegant!

  6. 6

    A simple touch that makes such a big difference! love it!

  7. 7

    wonderful idea! Very simple yet effective. Love it.

  8. 8

    Love this idea! It’s amazing how something so simple makes such a big difference! Your bathroom is so pretty :).

  9. 9

    Yet another great idea! I hope to try it at my house sometime. First I’d like to tackle the mirror project. I’ll add this to my list. Thanks for sharing.

  10. 10

    This is a fantastic idea! I want to do this to ALL my cabinets. Could even work in the kitchen, right?

  11. 11

    I love this idea! What an economical way to give that high end look. I have to know, though, is it tough to clean between the foot and cab?

  12. 12

    Love this! Can you tell me what color you used on the walls?

  13. 13

    Pretty much the most brilliant idea ever!

  14. 14

    This is brilliant and I am copying you tomorrow! Wonderful tips!

  15. 15

    This is such a fabulous idea Amy! Just showed it to my hubbie and told him we needed to do it in our bathroom. Looks like another date night to Home Depot. :)

  16. 16

    How cute is this! Super simple but they make a huge impact! Saving for later! Thanks for sharing!

  17. 17

    SUPER idea! looks so much more expensive. i think you could go one step further by painting the toe kick behind the feet gray so that it looks like the floor in shadow, and like the cabinets are really standing ON the feet.

  18. 18

    This is such a great idea. I am putting it on my blog for “Tipsy Tuesday” tomorrow. Thank you soooo much for sharing. I can’t wait to try this out.

  19. 20

    Love this idea, totally going to do this in my bathroom. Thanks for the pictures. I think your bathroom would look good with another “foot” in the middle, although that might get in the way?? Genius Idea! Thanks

  20. 21

    wow thanks for sharing hun, this is a great idea.
    I was curious, were you afraid that i might not fit? or did you measure the area before?

  21. 22

    very pretty, but I think adding one in the middle would also be nice on a vanity this long. Love the idea really want to try this!!

  22. 23

    This looks amazing I seen the same thing in a magazine however they painted the bottom of the cabinet to match the floor so it would really show up the feet and make it look like it was floating love it going to do mine like that .

  23. 24

    It looks beautiful! But what if you painted the foot area (the white wall behind those wood accents) the rockport gray. I bet it will stand out even more. :)

  24. 25

    Nice to see things upgraded and not just thrown out. Great job on vanity! I couldnt find any feet i liked at local lowes or home depot but found a pair of wooden salt & pepper wooden shakers and they fit perfectly for feet when placed upsidedown. Am going to paint them like you did. They were 3 dollars at thrift shop for a pair.

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    Megan Hull says:

    I know this is an old post, but I have a question. I have found the pieces that I want at Lowe’s, but I haven’t bought them because I’m afraid I won’t be able to get the threaded rod out of the finial. Were you able to get “unscrew” it with a pair of pliers or something?

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