Vanity Makeover On a Low Budget

Looking for a cheap and simple way to transform your bathroom vanity? I was able to transform my outdated vanity for under $50.
Have you ever heard of gel stain? If not, I have got a treat for you. It has been one of the easiest formulas to work with.
Here is what the vanity looked like when I first moved in. I wasn't feeling the "yellowish" tint of the wood. Seeing what an ordeal it was painting our kitchen cabinets with oil-based paint, I began looking for easier options. That is when I came across General Finishes's Gel Stain. It was so easy to work with. Essentially, it requires no prep and doesn't contain fumes as harsh as those from oil paint.
One catch though....the first coat is going to look horrible. Here is the vanity after one coat....kind of scary, huh? Not to fear, because after hardly any prep and three coats of gel stain later, in the color "Java", our vanity turned out lovely.
After some new hardware and stain, this vanity has been brought to the current decade. Even, better....the stain cost me under $20.
To read the full tutorial, please visit my blog.

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Have a question about this project?

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  • Brenda Waggoner
    on Jul 25, 2017

    I am not familiar with gel stain. Does it come in different colors? What color did you use? Thanks
    • Wendy
      on Aug 19, 2017

      It does come in many colors. Looks like she used Java. If you Google General Finishes Gel Stain colors, it should come up . I have used Java on many things in my house Too. So happy to get rid of the "builder honey oak". LOL
  • Morgan
    on May 29, 2018

    Ive been thinking about doing the same to my vanity. How is the stain holding up over time?

  • Lynette Edwards
    on Jan 13, 2019

    In the second pic, the top of the counter looks pinkish, is that just the lighting?

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  • Diana Deiley
    on May 22, 2017

    Wonderful job. Love the color. Thanks for sharing all your hard work.
  • Brunswick22
    on Sep 16, 2018

    We have a small bathroom , The vanity is enclosed with one door

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