I wonder how many of the people reading this have old, oak-tone, boring, builder grade vanities in one or more of their bathrooms. One or more have been in every one of the homes I have lived in in my adult life…which is a long time – just sayin. The sad part is that many of us – me included – live with these eyesores for a very long time. But no more at our house; I took matters into my own hands.
Last year we decided to update our master bathroom, which was adorned with green and pink striped and flowered wallpaper with matching two inch square pink mosaic tile floor. Believe me when I say that the picture that conjures in your head is nowhere near as bad as the real thing. I tore up the tile floor and laid new wood-look ceramic tile, stripped the wallpaper, painted and put up wainscoting with my husband’s help (actually, I was helper on that job). We replaced the toilet, and, because it was in good condition, I decided to refinish the ugly vanity. I sanded the entire cabinet before applying two coats of latex paint and finishing with polyurethane to protect it. The job took me three days, and the result was okay – not great.
This summer we decided to freshen up our kids’ bathroom vanity, and it was a completely different story having become a huge fan of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and especially its “no need to paint or strip” feature. We removed the sink and vanity top that was cracking, old, and ugly, and in about three hours I had applied two coats of ASCP in Old White (allowing plenty of time in between for drying), and a coat of ASCP clear wax. New drawer and door pulls on, new granite vanity top and sink installed, and it looked like a brand new vanity in less than a day.
Here’s the before and after of the bathroom vanity painted with ASCP. I am so happy with how it turned out and the difference it makes in the bathroom. If you have one or more of these builder grade vanities that you hate looking at, I would encourage you to think about giving it a face lift. Anyone can do it – I promise.
Tips and Tricks Learned:
- Take the doors and drawers outside or in your garage for painting. I tried to do it all in the small bathroom, and got covered with paint as I wound my way around obstacles to paint and wax.
- Consider spray painting your hardware. In the case of this vanity, I had already purchased new brushed nickel pulls. But the hinges – which do show – were old and discolored. I simply removed them from the doors and drawers, washed and dried them, then sprayed them with a coat of Rustoleum™ Brushed Nickel spray paint. The result is awesome and it helps to make the whole vanity look like new.
- Water down your paint. ASCP is very thick and can be watered down to any consistency that you want, even 50/50 to use it as a wash. I watered each coat down to about 90/10 making the paint go on smoother and last longer.
- Sand lightly between coats. This is certainly not a requirement for using ASCP, however this paint is very versatile and can be used to get many types of finish. If you want a brushed finish, no need to sand. If you want a finish that is very soft and smooth as glass, a light sanding with 600 grit sandpaper between coats will work miracles.
So, what are you working on? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for reading!