Four Tips for Painting a Bathroom Vanity

Painting your bathroom vanity is a great way to update the room. With a little time, and some creative thinking, you’ll have a great new vanity to enjoy. All you need are a few tips, and it will go smoothly and quickly.

Before you begin painting, you have a few steps that you will need to follow to be sure your project comes out perfect. You’ll first need to clean your vanity with a good cleaner that will remove any debris or soap scum that may have adhered. After cleaning, you will get a light grade sand paper and sand it completely taking extra care in nooks and crannies. You can also use a stripping brush for the larger areas. Next you will want to tape off the areas that you do not want paint to get on. Be sure to use painter’s tape for this as it holds better than others. Remove the hardware and allow it to soak in sudsy hot water to clean. You can also take your cabinet doors off but it’s okay to leave them on if you are careful and put down some plastic covered with newspapers to soak up and drips or spills. Removing any drawers you may have will make them easier to paint.

You’re now ready to prime all the pieces of the vanity. Because of the humidity in the bathroom, it’s a good idea to use a product such as KILZ, which will deter mold. After getting all the pieces primed, let it completely dry. The primer sounds like an unnecessary step, but it will smooth the surface and add extra protection.

Now you can get ready to paint.  Paint sponges are great for this type of project. They are inexpensive, and you can get different sizes to do the smaller areas. They are simply sponges that have a handle. You are left with no brush strokes. Start at the top of your vanity and work your way down. Do pay close attention to any runs and clean them up quickly. Apply two coats of paint to the surface for best results. Let the paint completely dry, and you will be ready to seal the paint.

The sealer will keep knocks and dings from happening, as well as protect your paint from water damage. The sealer also gives the paint a great sheen and a professional look. It is a good idea to also apply two coats of sealer for greater protection too. It will need to cure for a couple of weeks to be entirely hardened. You will be able to use it, but may want to wait before putting anything heavy on the top if it was painted.

To add some pizzazz, you can add gold or silver leaf trim to the drawers and doors, or add stencils. The beauty of painting is that it is easy and inexpensive. You can fix a mistake or change it completely.  This is definitely a project that can be enjoyed by a beginner or a novice!