Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bathroom Vanity Makeover with Latex Paint


Our master bath has been a pretty big eye sore since we moved in. It is your standard builder grade bathroom with no upgrades. It is going to be a long time before we have the funds to remodel this puppy, so I decided to do my best to make it more to my liking the DIY way.

I was inspired by Heather over at a It's a Pretty Prins Life to paint my vanity with latex paint. For anyone who has hung around this blog for more than a hot second knows, I am obsessed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and all things distressed, but for this project I was going for a more modern, clean finish to go along with our bedroom. I try to keep this space a little more masculine for the hubby.



I pretty much followed Heather's instructions for the process exactly. I started by taping the walls and counter off. Next, I took my doors and drawers off and sanded everything down with my Dewalt power sander. If you don't own one of these, get one. They are under $100 and worth every penny. I use mine for tons of projects around the house. It saves a lot of time, muscle and vacuums up most of the dust you will create sanding, but I still use protection.  

No dust in these lungs.
I did hand sand some crevices on my doors that my power sander couldn't get to. Then, I wiped everything down with a cloth to get rid of the dust before painting. I am normally a Sherwin Williams fan, but I had a gift card to Home Depot so I picked a SW color and had them mix it at HD. The color I selected was SW 7074 Software, and I chose the Behr Premium Plus Ultra semi-gloss since it is a paint and primer in one. It covered in two coats, and a quart was plenty to get the job done.

I enlisted my hubby's help for the hardware install. He is a lot better with a drill than me. For installing hardware, the Liberty Cabinet and Drawer Installation Template is a must. It helps you get hardware on in a snap. The hardware is from HD as well, Martha Stewart Living Bedford 3" Canopy Cup and 1-1/4" Finial Knob in nickel. These are both sold in the store.


The whole process took about three days. I did a light sanding with a high grit paper (I used 220) in-between coats and gave it a couple days to cure before putting on the hardware. Paint takes around 30 days to cure completely, so if you are worried about it getting dinged up, put a coat of poly on top. I am daring or maybe lazy. No poly for me.





One last before and after. I plan on sharing more details on the mirror, wall paint, and light in another post once I have the DIY bathroom update complete. Right now, I am happy with where it is going.



Do you have a bathroom vanity that could use a little DIY magic? Share them with me.

30 comments:

  1. Looks great Chrissy! I love the mirror, too, and can't wait to read the details on that.

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    1. Me too Kristen, because I have the ugly mirror that covers the entire wall and am afraid I will ruin the wall behind. It's an outside wall and I can't stand the thought of ripping off and replacing. And I AM NOT handy.

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  2. Love your paint color and your hardware choice!

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    1. Wow…Amazing images of Bathroom vanity makeover with latex paint. I like mirror and wall paint. After viewing this post I am inspired to renovate my bathroom. Thanks for sharing such informative and worthwhile post.

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  3. Beautiful job! It looks do serene, and that light fixture is gorgeous!

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  4. Wow it turned out amazing!!! I absolutely love the hardware

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  5. Did you replace the counter top or paint it also. I think you did an amazing job.

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    1. I didn't touch the countertop. It looks a little more yellow in the "before" pic because I have the bathroom light on. In the after pic, I used only natural lighting. It truly is a white top.

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  6. Oh it's so pretty! I love the color.

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  7. I just started reading your blog and have found it very helpful? What made you choose latex paint over chalk paint for your vanity? Durability? I was just thinking that if I redid my own vanity that chalk paint might be faster because I wouldn't have to sand beforehand.

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    1. The latex was cheaper (though a lot more work with sanding and prep), and I wasn't sure how the wax finish would hold up in a bathroom that sees a lot of moisture. I realize not everyone is into Chalk Paint either, so I wanted to share a project that anyone could complete by going to their local hardware store. I think I would have been happy with it either way.

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  8. Thanks for this post! We finally decided we needed to repaint our bathroom, so this was super helpful.

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  9. Chrissy, did you sand by hand in between paint jobs? And what does sanding in between do? I hadn't heard of that technique before. Congratulations on your one year. I'm so proud of you :)

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    1. I used my electric sander very lightly between coats. It make your surface even and helps the second coat of paint stick better.

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  10. My sister told me you do beautiful work an suggested I go to your site. She is right, an I'm glad I did. I love your work. I found out last night you could paint fabric. I'm going to do that today. Thank you for teaching me how. When I finish with my girlygirl cave I'm doing my bathroom. Great tip to sand between coats of paint. Mine is like yours, builders grade. Same cabinets in the kitchen but with shelves in them. I do have pulls on the drawers an cabinets though. That's one thing I don't have to deal with. Really just wanted to say Thank you for teaching me things I didn't know.

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  11. Hi, it's Chloeanne again. I have a question that you might be able to answer. First off I have a double vanity in my master bath with one huge mirror. The frame is a strip of three dimensional mirror glued on. I know I can't get it off, atleast I don't know if I can without breaking the whole mirror. I love the frame on your mirror. Any ideas as to what I can do to make it look like a painted frame? Can I prime and paint maybe. I've always disliked the way they are now.

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  12. Thanks for share this very useful post. Painting a house is no easy endeavor, but the job can be made easier if you use the proper house painting tools. Selecting what color to paint is the easiest step in the house painting process.

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  13. Looks great. I like this DIY project very much. I'm doing some research on DIY project. I want to do something like that for my family. Your Bathroom looks so tidy now. I love it.

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  14. A lot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that I'm interested in, but I'm most definitely interested in this one. Thank you!

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  15. Looks great. I love the color. I like this DIY project very much. I'm doing some research on DIY projects. I want to do something like that for my family. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  16. Wow! It looks nice. I love it so much. Thanks! Please share with me if you have new posts.

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  17. It turned out great! Use Latex Paint makeover bathroom is an amazing idea.

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  18. OMGosh Christine, this looks amazing. Looking to update our bathroom as we are selling our house. I LOVE your light fixture and paint color choice. Can you please share where you purchased the lights? Thank You, Carmen carmen.peddy@peddygraphics.com

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  19. What color paint did you use one your walls to complete this makeover?

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  20. Great bathroom vanity. I love it so much !

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  21. Love it! The old cabinets are the exact same color as mine, as well as the cultured marble and floor tiles colors, all the same. I'm definitely doing this soon!

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