Both of the vanity cabinets in our bathrooms were a genric shade of oak and while I would have loved to tear out the cabinets and replace them with something like this, changing our current cabinets to a darker color would have to do. I thought about staining the wood a darker shade but I've never stained wood before and was a bit scared of trying that out. Instead I chose to paint the cabinets, which proved to be quite easy and turned out pretty well.
In our bathroom, I painted the cabinet a really dark brown color from Benjamin Moore and put some wood appliques on the stationary drawer fronts. The color looks more like a black than a dark brown in the current lighting that we have in the bathroom. Some new off-white bath mats and towels and voila- a quick and easy bathroom update.
As close to a whole room picture as I could get. The walls are Ralph Lauren Tangier Island and I picked up the bath mats at Home Goods and got the most wonderfully soft and thick towels from Pottery Barn.
Here you can see the wood appliques that I added to the drawer fronts. I ordered these appliques from here, and they had a huge selection with super fast shipping. Once I received these appliques I gave them a quick coat of paint and glued them to the drawer fronts with wood glue. I love the idea of these appliques and am holding myself back from putting them all over my house! All in all, I think we can say that the bathroom looks much better than it did when we first moved in!
And just one final note- a product rave. This was the first time that I used Benjamin Moore paint and though it was quite pricey, it was great paint! One coat covered incredibly well and went on the walls and cabinet really nicely. And with the great coverage you could get away with buying less paint which would bring the price closer to the price of other paints.