Paint the Vanity in the Bathroom
Do not throw out a sturdy vanity when all it needs is a little bit of updating. Painting the vanity can give it a new look, and it is easy to do.
How to Paint the Bathroom Vanity
These instructions can help you if you are refinishing an existing vanity of painting a rough one that is just bare wood. You will have to take off the doors and other hardware so it would be a good time to update the knobs and pulls as well. If you are looking to do a complete makeover, you can also replace the sink, faucets, and the backsplash.
Prep the Vanity
Remove the cabinets, doors, drawer, and any other hardware that is one the unit. If you are looking to replace the top of it and the sink now should be a good time to take them out as well.
Take off the drawer fronts if possible as well.
Use a trisodium phosphate and a sponge to wash the vanity. If there is residue left behind from rubber cabinet bumpers use mineral spirits to remove it. After this wash this area with the TSP.
If the wood surface is cover with a bright finish use sandpaper with a 220 grit to remove the gloss. Check the inside corners to remove any molding.
If the surface of the vanity has been painted before removing any paint that is damaged.
Using sandpaper feather the edges and put a latex primer on any bare spots.
If the surface is covered with melamine or thermofoil see if there is a plastic film that is secured underneath. A heat gun can be used to remove this film. Once the film is removed use mineral spirits to wipe any residue off.
If the film is bonded to the vanity, use the 220 grit sandpaper to sand the surface until it is dull.
Vacuum any sanding dust off the surface and wipe it down with a clean and damp rag.
Use painter’s tape to make off the undersides of the top, the walls, the floor, and the inside part of the cabinet frame.
Priming the Surface to Paint
A separate primer should be used on the surface of the vanity.
When working with bare wood that has been sanding apply primer and then sands it smooth.
If there are dings or damages to the surface use putty to patch them up, sand them, then apply the primer
If the surface is thermofoil or melamine adds a shellac based primer.
Two coats may be needed.
After applying the first coat of the primer and the area and wipe it clean.
The second coat of primer may be needed. After applying this coating allow it to dry overnight.
Painting the Vanity
Brush on a coat of paint and allow it to dry.
Once this coat is dry, an additional layer or two may be needed.
Remove the painter’s tape, apply the third coat of paint, and allow it to dry overnight. Once the vanity is dry, it can be reassembled.
Drill the holes needed for the doors or the drawers and the new hardware.
Screw in the drawers and the door handles.
Add the door hinges and the door to the frame of the cabinet.
When using two facing doors adjust the position on the hinges until they are even.
Reattach the drawer fronts, making sure they are easy to open.
A fresh coat of paint will give the vanity a new look and costs less than replacing it.