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Updating your Bathroom Vanity without Breaking the Bank

I don’t want to be one of those DIY blog writers that go on and on and give you this dragged out story about my thoughts and insights onto what led up into my project so I’m going to get right into it.

Vanity Update!

You can easily update your bathroom vanity with 7 simple steps and not break the bank.

Materials List:

(it looks long... I know I know, but it isn’t that bad)

1. Pant Tray- If you don’t have one here is a cheap set for small projects I use (its nice to have 2, one for paint & primer)

2. Paint Rollers- My favorite is the 4" Whizz Roller

3. Paint Roller Frame

4. Paint Brush(s)- One for the Paint (reusable) and one for the Primer- use a cheap throw away as the primer is strong and you wont be able to reuse

5. 220 Grit Sand Paper

6. Paint (of your choice). I recommend an Interior Paint in a Satin sheen. A lot of people recommend Semi Gloss for bathrooms but its a bit to shinny fo my taste. They both clean up well.

7. Paper, Plastic or a Drop cloth to preserve your carpet to flooring while painting

8. Drill or Screwdriver

9. An area where you can lay the doors and drawers where little kiddos and pets cant get to

10. 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar in a spray bottle

11. Primer- I highly recommend Bin Primer. It seals all the imperfections, anything that might want to bleed through and allows the paint to stick even better!

12. Painters Tape

13. Rags or Scotts Blue Shop Towels (my favorite)

Step 1- Prep the area where you will set up your doors and drawers for painting. I use 6 ft pop up tables (I specifically use mine for painting so I don’t bother covering them but you might want to)

Step 2- Use a Drill or screw driver to remove the doors. I always keep track of where each door came from. I like to mark the floor (with a number or letter) where I took off the door with painters tape and then mark the table where the corresponding door lays on your painting surface.

Step 3- Remove drawers. I don’t even bother taking whatever is in them out. You can just lay them on the table with the front of the drawer slightly hanging over the edge.

Step 4- From this step forward, I recommend doing all the next steps in a specific order depending on how your doors and drawers are laid out. Always starting with one working your way around the table and always finishing with the same one.

Use the 220 Grit sand paper and lightly run it over the front of the Doors and Drawers. Then move on to the vanity edges and sides (if any)

Step 5- Use the 50/50 Mixture of Vinegar and Water. Lightly spray it on all surfaces and wipe up. If you stay in order by the time you end, the one you started with should be dry and ready for the next step. (Unless your working outside and its cold out)

Step 6- Stir BIN primer and pour some into one of your painting trays. I like to pour a little at a time so when I roll my roller into the primer or paint it doesn't over saturate and drip.

NOTE- the BIN primer is more watery like and can drop really easily...hence the drop cloth, paper or plastic on the floor.

Start by priming the back doors (1 coat on each side is good), normally the back sides don't have any crevice's however, if you do, use your brush and primer that fist then roll the rest. Again, once you've primed all the doors / drawers you should easily be able to go back to the one you started with flip it over and start priming the front. The front of the doors usually do have detail work / crevices so make sure to paint all those first then go back with the roller. Make sure to always check for DRIPS!!

Lastly- BIN primer is STRONG, so you will have to throw away the roller and brush. There is no use in trying to clean the brush, its more of a paint than what it's worth.

Step 7- Paint!! At this point I flipped all the doors back over so the front was laying down (paint the backs first, then the front second). I do this because you want to finish with the nice side up for drying so if anything happens it will happen to the back. 2 coats are usually good however, with darker colors like the one I used in this example, it took 3.

I paint all 2-3 coats on the one side let it dry (sometimes overnight) then the next day flip over and do the same with the fronts. Remember to paint all the crevices first each time then roll.

Tip for cleaning up / between coats- put the roller back into the paint can! It will make it so it's useable the next day. I usually use a zip lock back, scrap plastic or a plastic bag to pull it off the roller and drop it in the paint can.

Paint Brush Cleaning- Since Purdy brushes are amazing and I love them you can get sooo many uses out of them. I like to wash with warm water with the handle always upright. Don't let the paint / water settle into where the brush and handle meet, water should be running down to the tip of the bristles.

Did I miss anything? Feel free to comment below and let me know how I can help (It's my first DIY step by step so it might not be perfect :)


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