A bathroom vanity makeover is so budget friendly – and eco friendly too! You may recall the bathroom renovation we completed for my Mom last year. When we revealed it, we still hadn’t painted the vanity we saved from going to the landfill. Now we can show you the bathroom vanity makeover!
Bathroom Vanity Makeover – Before
Here’s how it looked before we started the bathroom reno:
During the main renovation, we replaced the old sink, counter and faucet.
We replaced it with a quartz countertop and undermount sink.
We installed a new waterfall faucet.
The quartz counter helps reflect light because it’s light in colour and also has pieces of mirror embedded in it to add sparkle:
The light fixture got updated:
We took down the wall to wall mirror…..
…. and replaced it with a smaller mirror with a bevelled mirror frame to help bounce around the light.
When the guys came to install the glass shower doors, they could be heard laughing themselves silly when they first arrived: undoubtedly, they thought the vanity was going to stay that way! With all the updates, the vanity looked terrible in comparison. I have to admit that it did look like the ugly duckling, but our plan to paint it would make it look brand new again. I couldn’t wait to pick a paint colour and breathe new life into it too!
Prep for Bathroom Vanity Makeover
Hubs tackled this project because painting is his forte. He started by removing all the doors and hardware.
He cleaned the surface of the cabinet fronts and vanity and gave it all a light sanding. He actually did a paint test on one of the doors to see if he would need primer first and determined he didn’t need it. He painted the doors and drawers with a spray gun to give it a professional looking finish, but he had to paint the rest of the unit on-site by hand.
He put down a paint cloth on the floor so he wouldn’t accidentally spill on the new tile.
Then he taped off all the areas he didn’t want to get paint on. The side walls and floor got protective paper and painters tape, while underneath the countertop etc. he only put painters tape.
Choosing a Colour for the Vanity
Here’s a reminder of some of the tiles we chose for the floor and walls.
I chose a mid-tone blue paint for the cabinet to coordinate with these colours. For anyone curious about the type and colour of the paint, we used PPG Breakthrough – satin finish, but the actual colour is from the Benjamin Moore paint deck and is Van Courtland Blue (HC-145).
Hubs applied 3 light coats of the paint (he did it over the course two days to let it dry between coats).
Once everything was dry, he put the doors back on their hinges and hung the doors.
The finishing touch was to install new cabinet pulls in a chrome finish.
I’m so glad we kept the old vanity! Why throw away something perfectly good when a little work and prep can make it look brand new again? Here’s a side by side shot of the before and during….
Bathroom Vanity Makeover DIY
…and a final reveal of the after. If only the shower glass door installers could see it now!
If we had only done the vanity area, it would have made a huge improvement to the bathroom. However, we did a full renovation and give you tips on how to maximize bathroom space.
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