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Hi guys. I am currently sitting here listening to all of the banging that goes along with renovations. The plumbers are doing their thing in the boys bathroom. The framer and electrician are supposed to show up at some point today as well. It’s all very exciting! Things are underway! (click to check out the boys bathroom reno part 1, part 2 and part 3)
So as I think about this beautiful bathroom that the boys are going to get, my ugly bathroom pops into my mind. I did do one little DIY to spruce it up a bit and make it a bit more bearable. I painted the top of the vanity. Yes, it can be done and it is really quite easy. Here is a picture of the before vanity top in all of its 80’s glory:
First step to painting the vanity top is to clean, clean, and clean some more! I use TSP to clean with before I paint anything. It is so good at removing any dirt, soap scum, grease and grim before priming. Then prime with a good primer. I love Zinsser primers. They always work well for me and I never have any issues with paint chipping or pealing off.
Next step is to tape of any areas that you don’t want to get paint on. Or free hand it if you are feeling brave! After the priming is done and dry I used the same paint I used on my kitchen cupboards. It is Benjamin Moore’s Advance in the color Simply White. I love this white, I’ve used it many times for cabinetry, doors and trim. I used a mini foam roller and my favourite wooster paint brush for this job. Oh, one other thing, make sure to remove any caulking around the vanity. The caulking on my vanity was a disgrace. Simply put it was a mess.
The next step is very critical if you want to keep the top of your counter looking nice and not sustain any water damage. It needs to be sealed with a polycrylic sealer or any other water-resistant sealer you choose. I did a few coats of sealer to finish off the top of my vanity.
And there you have it, a painted vanity top. Of course I had to paint the whole vanity too. I couldn’t stand that yellowish vanity with the pinkish veined vanity top. I know we will be ripping this all out when we do the master bathroom renovation but that won’t be for 6 months or more. It’s still ugly, but a livable ugly!
I think I might have a way to spruce up that old ugly mirror as well. Stay tuned!
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