A huge thanks to Behr who generously supplied paint for this project. All opinions of this fabulous and beautiful paint are completely my own; you can read my full disclosures here!
I’ve slowly been “working” on our bathroom for weeks now. Ok, actually it’s been longer, but I’m trying not to sounds too pathetic. I’m just so indecisive about decor sometimes. I’m not the only one, right? Well, finally things are getting done in that bathroom and I’m so close to finishing it up. I can’t WAIT to share the reveal!! It’s truly so. much. better. Just wait until you see the before’s again! #yikes
One thing I knew I wanted to do from the beginning is to paint our tiny “blah” vanity. It’s the typical boring builder grade light oak wood and it desperately needed a little face lift. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wood vanities, it’s just not my style. I looked all over Pinterest for inspiration, and decided on a darker gray color to compliment the newly painted light gray walls. I’ve seen a ton of tutorials on painting vanities, but I really really really didn’t want to have to sand, sand, sand, prime, sand, prime, sand, paint, paint paint. Okay, fine, it may not be that much work, but still. I wanted to find an easier way to get ‘er done without a ton of work involved.
Yes, you could even call me “lazy” for this project. But hey, I only wanted to paint while Jade was sleeping so that left me with naptimes and after she went to bed. The lighting isn’t very good at all after bedtime, so naptime was it. Even though it was such an easy project, it still took almost a week of naps to complete!
Here’s the before of the vanity:
So, what made painting the vanity so easy, you ask? Let me share.
Have you heard of or used Behr paint? Friend, you’re missing out if you haven’t! They have a fabulous line of paint called Marquee, and boy, it gets the job done. Not only does it go on super smoothly, it’s a paint and primer in one! Do you know how much easier that makes a process like painting the vanity?
The Marquee line also has superior stain resistance, with an easy-to clean surface. Behr is so sure you’ll love their paint that they back it up with a lifetime guarantee! Now that’s my kind of company.
Here’s the process in a nutshell before I go into detail:
- Very very lightly sand (just to scratch the surface of the wood for better adhesion)
- Paint 3 light coats of your favorite Behr Marquee color.
That’s it! I told you it was easy, didn’t I? 🙂
Okay, here’s the more detailed process of how to paint your bathroom vanity:
I My hubby started by taking off the cabinet doors and our faux drawer on top (which is just a wood panel).
Then, I took off the handles and very lightly gave each door (front and back) a light sanding. This is really just to help scratch the surface so the paint will stick even better. You may not even need this step, but I really wanted to make sure the paint would adhere.
I wiped the doors down with a wet cloth to get off any dust, dirt, and grime. Using a foam brush, I started lightly brushing on the paint. I chose Antique Tin in a semi-gloss finish as the color. For a bathroom, the shinier the better. The semi-gloss will help against knicks and traffic, as our guest bathroom is primarily used by Jade.
Now as I said above, I did three coats. You could definitely do one coat, since Behr’s Marquee line is made to do just that; but I found that one thick coat would show more brush strokes than I wanted for this project, so I just did three very light coats instead.
While the cabinet doors and faux drawer were drying, I very lightly sanded the vanity in the bathroom, wiped it down with a wet towel, and then taped it all off with frog tape (ps, do you see the pretty gray walls?! I heart them so much! You’ll see why when you see the before pictures…). I also used a drop cloth under me to catch any drips while I painted, but I didn’t tape it down.
Then, I got to painting! Again, I started with one very light layer. As they dried (over a period of a couple of days) I did two more super light coats for a total of 3.
TIP: Use an x-acto knife to score the tape along the wall ad vanity. It will pull up much easier and not take any paint from the vanity with it!
David added the doors back on for me. Instead of putting the plain silver knob back on, I used 2 pretty glass knobs leftover from when I turned a dresser into our entryway table! They were the perfect color to match the decor, so on they went. Aren’t they pretty?!
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