Vanity is a Sin… But Face-lifts Are Nice

Ha!  That title cracks me up.  Sometimes I am witty…


As you may know, Hubs and I started working on another bathroom update a while ago.  Our motto was “It’s not for us, just make a decision.”  Because, ya know, decisions are hard —  especially when you’re faced with living with them for the rest of your life (i.e. the powder room tile choice).  I have found, though, that makeover decisions were easier when the goal was “neutral, but interesting” in order to sell.

Hubs and I talked about getting a new vanity for the master bath, but after shopping around and not finding anything affordable we liked we decide to try out a “vanity face-lift.”  Read: paint.

If you have been following me at all, you have probably noticed that I have done a few old-to-new face-lifts (here and here) and that spray paint is my new best friend.  Unfortunately, I didn’t think spray paint would be the appropriate choice for this particular makeover.  So paint it was!

I was a little apprehensive at first.  I just really disliked the vanity we had.  It was white.  And boring.  And ugly.  And  old.  But after some Googling, and some inspiration from one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, I decided maybe it was doable.  Besides “It’s not for us…”

Sanding Tools

Prep Tools

Preparation Tools:

Electric Sander with 100 grit sand paper (I used a finer grit since it wasn’t real wood and I didn’t want to destroy the finish; just rough it up a bit…)
Screw driver to remove pulls/door
Mask (sanding dust is no fun…)
rubber gloves

I used the same basic technique outlined in previous posts, with a few modifications.

First, I got a new toy.  🙂

New Toy!

New Toy!

After taking the door off, pulling the drawers out, and cleaning the inside out with some diluted Simple Green, I lightly sanded the entire outside surface of the vanity.  Then, I followed that with  TSP, and some left over deglosser from a previous project to ensure the surface was SUPER clean.  It is just builder grade white vinyl (?) — the cheapest of the cheap found on every home improvement stock floor everywhere and not even real wood.

Color Change: Behr Premium Plus in Roman Plaster

Color Change: Behr Premium Plus in Roman Plaster

Once the prep was done I was ready to paint!

Get your paint on!

Get your paint on!

Painting Tools:

Behr Premium Plus Ultra in Roman Plaster
paint brush
Foam rollers (as suggested by Young House Love; they worked like a charm!)

The second modification was deviating slightly from the How To’s I read in that I didn’t use a separate primer before I painted.  This is not a step I skipped when I painted the kitchen cabinets, but I felt that the bathroom vanity gets a little less wear-and-tear than a kitchen cabinet, so I made a judgement call.  I did, however, use a paint-and-primer-in-one (Behr is my all time favorite paint, and we pretty much use it exclusively in our house).


I was surprised by how pretty it turned out!  Roman Plaster is a beautiful, creamy neutral that is NOT WHITE.  It really looks spiffy now.  There was a spot I was particularly concerned about where the finished had chipped quite a lot, but after sanding and painting, it has completely disappeared!

Disappearing Act

Disappearing Act

Also, it’s really amazing what new hardware will do.  The new nobs bring this old builder-grade vanity to the next level.

Master Bath4-001

You can really see the color difference here, since I forgot to paint the kick plate (that has since been corrected).

Fin (sorta)

Fin (sorta)

Check out the upcoming Master Bath Update: Let’s Make This As Hard As Possible for the final-final product with the new counter top and pretty fixture.  🙂

Have you ever painted a piece of furniture?  What did you do?  What materials did you use?  Tell me all about it!


Where Have You Been Lately?

(Now that song is stuck in my head….)

Holy cow bell, y’all!  It’s be a lllloooooooonnnggg time.  Hope everything is going well with you and that you are getting Motivated for Spring!

Also, Happy Easter!

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I know, I know.  It’s been forever and I’m sure you felt abandoned.  Fear not!  I have fun, juicy deets about the house renovations coming up.  And now that I have the kitchen back, I can start cooking again so I might even have a recipe.

First of all, I want to tie up some loose ends.  I’m sure you’ve been wondering about the Master Bath.  Well, that’s finished!  So I will be forthcoming with details, stories, and how to’s soon.  Second, we started and finished the kitchen with barely enough time to clean the house before putting on the market.  And finally, we’ve sold.  It’s all very bittersweet.

My goal this week is to get pictures ready for the above mentioned posts, and will probably have the first one out today or tomorrow.  I hope you’re as excited as I am!