Thursday, July 19, 2012

Painted Bathroom Vanity - Reveal and Tutorial

Our master bathroom was updated by the previous homeowners in the past 5 years or so, but, unfortunately not to our taste.  I wanted to give the room a mini-facelift without spending money on new tiling, toilet, vanity, etc. since it had all been redone not too long ago.  The vanity is good quality and in pretty decent shape, but it's a little too dark for the beachy colors I'm using.  So I decided to paint it! I also switched out the hardware and the faucet (to read about how I changed the faucet, click here).

So whadaya think?  I am pretty pleased with how it turned out and you can't beat the price!  For those interested, I used Benjamin Moore's Waynesboro Taupe.  Here's how I tackled the project.

1. Remove existing hardware.

2. Clean vanity with soap and water.  Let Dry.

3.  Remove cabinet doors and drawers from unit.  Then using 80 grit sandpaper, gently sand the vanity, cabinet doors, and drawer fronts.  A tool like this is very useful:

4. Clean vanity, cabinet doors, and drawers again to remove dust.  Let Dry.

5. Tape areas of the vanity you don't want to get paint on (hinges, etc.)

6.  Apply a coat of water-based primer to all areas you will be painting.  Follow directions on can for dry time.  I used Zinsser Bulles Eye Primer.

7. Once the primer has dried, apply one coat of interior latex paint.  I used Benjamin Moore interior paint in semi-gloss finish.

8. Follow instructions on paint can for dry time (I let my paint dry overnight before applying a second coat).  Once first coat is dry, apply a second coat.

9.  Once the second coat of paint is dry, apply a coat of polyurethane.  The polyurethane will add an extra protective layer.  I used Minwax Water Based Polycrylic Protective Finish in Clear Semi-Gloss.  Make sure you choose a water-based Poly so that it won't yellow over time.

{Image from here}

10.  Allow the poly to completely dry then reassemble the vanity and attach hardware.  

11.  Enjoy your new and improved bathroom!

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  1. What a beautiful job you've done with this vanity. I love the color that you chose. Megan

  2. That looks gorgeous! Can you please come and do mine next?!

  3. I love the new color!! I'm looking at all my dark woods and thinking lighter these days, too!!
    And great tutorial!

  4. That looks great! Very well done job.
    I stopped by from Feed me Friday

  5. I love it Jessica! What a great transformation! I am sure it made the whole room prettier! Angie xo


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