9.24.2013

updating a builder-grade vanity

I'm so excited to share this part of the bathroom! Over two weeks and numerous layers of paint, it's done! Well... almost done that is. 


Remember that I'm trying to work with what I have which includes the almond vanity countertop. I plan on replacing the faucet. And the strip of orange wood on the bottom? I was thinking of doing something fun there. We shall see! If you don't remember, this is what we started with:



We replaced the light fixture and moved the light upwards. Next, I took the sides off of the vanity counter. It really lightened it up and made it feel more modern. I scored the caulk with a knife and Oscar used whatever we had on hand to pry it away from the wall. We weren't worried about the drywall since there were a lot of repairs to make in that department already.







Then I prepared the cabinets for new hardware I had found at Home Depot. I did this before I painted so I didn't risk chipping the paint. I used this gadget I got at Lowes to act as a guide. 



I used the same method for painting as I did for the kitchen cabinets but with a few extra coats of paint. Also, my top coat was a semi-gloss and I'm loving the sheen. The hardware plus new hinges cost under $40 and I had the paint on hand. 

"upgrade builder-grade vanity"

"painted vanity"

17 comments:

  1. Wow! It looks great! Have you thought about adding an extra handle to the fake drawer front? Just so it blends in a little more...

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    1. Hi!

      I have thought about it but in the past when leaning over and doing my makeup, my belt loops get stuck on handles. It's still floating around in the back of my mind and we have extras too so it's still on the table!

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  2. Looking good with the paint job and hardware! Did you consider removing the back trim piece too or is that one solid piece and part of the counter?

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    1. Hi Rebecca! I wish you could but like you mentioned, it's all one piece. I would love to tile up behind the new mirror once it's up but since we plan on selling, our realtor thinks it's an unnecessary cost. Boo!

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  3. I love that you took off the sides to the counter, it looks a million times better! Great work!

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    1. Thanks Jenn! We had our realtor look at everything and he was against any pricey updates like new tile. The diy-er inside of me is sad and depressed.

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  4. SO much better than before. Looks awesome!

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  5. Such an improvement! Really, paint is the best invention ever.

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    1. Thanks Brit! It's the ultimate miracle worker :)

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  6. oh...it looks really nice! I have bathroom vanity painting in my future too....and am not terribly excited about it!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I have an entire kitchen. You could say this was an attempt to muster up some courage :p

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  7. looks great! and I second the handle on the faux drawer idea ;)

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