When we moved into our house it was a complete fixer-upper. The guest bathroom vanity was outdated and filthy to start off. Everyone told us we just just take out because it was too bad to do anything with:
I decided to update the bathroom vanity and I knew it would change the entire feeling of the room. Here are the bathroom cabinets after the update.
- Bathroom Sink Faucet
- Stone Textured Spray Paint – I was skeptical about using this at first (and so was my husband), but boy did it turn out beautiful, and for just $10! We put two coats on ours.
- Wood Rope Molding – Used to trim out the counter of the bathroom vanity.
- New Cabinet Hardware – Drawer Pulls and Door Handles in order to update bathroom cabinets.
- Black Semi-Gloss Paint
- Smooth Surface Paint Roller – Use this to get a smooth, professional look. I also used a 1″ Nylon Brush for edges around the vanity, molding, and trim.
- Clean the entire bathroom vanity.
- Remove existing hardware and dispose of (if it’s that bad) or save for another project down the road.
- Caulk the corners of the bathroom vanity that need to be re-caulked. Then use a pre-mixed mud to fix any blemishes on the bathroom cabinets for a smooth finish.
- Let the mud dry completely. You’ll know it’s dry when it isn’t cool to the touch. Depending on how big the area is you should wait anywhere from a few hours to a day for it to dry
- Once the mud is completely dry sand down the entire piece, including the areas you mudded. Run your hand over the surface and if you feel any bumps or transitions from the wood to the mud, then continue to sand it down until it’s completely smooth.
- If you need to touch-up any areas with mud, then repeat steps 3-5 until everything looks (and feels) good.
- Run your hand over the rest of the bathroom vanity and sand out any other bumps and imperfections that you notice throughout the piece to create a smooth feel over the entire vanity.
- Now sponge down the entire vanity with a damp (not soaking) sponge in order to remove any leftover dust from sanding. Wipe the surface quickly with your hand and if any more dust comes off, continue sponging until it is dust free.
- Depending on how detailed you want to get, you can remove the doors and drawers from the bathroom cabinets to paint the inside as well.
- As a quick and very inexpensive fix to cover the ugly laminate the bathroom vanity had, we used the stone textured spray paint above. Be sure to tape off the sink area and the bottom of the vanity to prevent the stone texture from getting on the sink or the vanity.
- If another coat of the stone spray paint is needed, apply accordingly, being sure to spread over evenly. I put two coats of spray paint on.
- Once the counter has completely dried (I would wait a day or so just to be safe) tape off the top edges of the counter to prevent the paint for the bathroom cabinets from getting on it.
- Optionally, to add some customization to the piece, attach a decorative molding around the edges of counter. I used a rope molding (see above) that was a little over 1″ wide. This imidiately updated the bathroom vanity and made it look really chic and modern.
- Put a coat of primer over the whole piece, including the drawers and doors. If your bathroom cabinets are already darker, then you might want to put more than one coat of primer on.
- Once the primer has dried, put a coat of the color over it – coat with paint -> let dry completely -> then put another coat on (if necessary). Continue adding coats to the entire bathroom vanity until the color is solid with no paint strokes showing. Also, be sure to do the corners and areas where a brush is needed, then do the places where the roller is needed as soon as you’re done brushing (before it completely dries). This prevents brush strokes from showing.
- Once the piece is completely painted (and dried), you’re ready for the new hardware. After the hardware is added onto the bathroom cabinets and drawers, the updated bathroom vanity is refaced.
- Finally, install a new faucet (if necessary) and your piece has an entirely fresh look.
There you have an affordable bathroom vanity remodel! Everyone’s project is different, but now you have a step forward to your diy bathroom vanity refacing project! After the bathroom vanity is updated, be sure to organize your bathroom cabinets as well!