Bathroom Oak Vanity Makeover With Latex Paint

Our master bath has been a pretty big eye sore since we moved in. It is your standard builder grade bathroom with no upgrades. It is going to be a long time before we have the funds to remodel this puppy, so I decided to do my best to make it more to my liking the DIY way.
I started by taping the walls and counter off. Next, I took my doors and drawers off and sanded everything down with my Dewalt power sander. If you don't own one of these, get one. They are under $100 and worth every penny. I use mine for tons of projects around the house. It saves a lot of time, muscle and vacuums up most of the dust you will create sanding, but I still use protection.
I did hand sand some crevices on my doors that my power sander couldn't get to. Then, I wiped everything down with a cloth to get rid of the dust before painting. I am normally a Sherwin Williams fan, but I had a gift card to Home Depot so I picked a SW color and had them mix it at HD. The color I selected was SW 7074 Software, and I chose the Behr Premium Plus Ultra semi-gloss since it is a paint and primer in one. It covered in two coats, and a quart was plenty to get the job done.
The whole process took about three days. I did a light sanding with a high grit paper (I used 220) in-between coats and gave it a couple days to cure before putting on the hardware. Paint takes around 30 days to cure completely, so if you are worried about it getting dinged up, put a coat of poly on top. I am daring or maybe lazy. No poly for me.

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4 questions
  • Anncool77
    on Jul 31, 2016

    You did a great job! I love the color! I'm not very experienced so I'm trying to learn, why is there a need to sand in between painting or in between coats of staining wood?

    • Melanie
      on Jan 3, 2017

      You need to sand in between coats so that the 2nd coat bonds to the first coat and that the second coat will have a smoother coat when it is dry.

    • Anncool77
      on Jan 4, 2017

      That makes sense, thank you!

  • Diena Cameron
    on Aug 12, 2016

    I think your work really paid off, turned out gorgeous. one photo where your in the middle of painting the doors and the color looks like a beautiful grey and the name of the paint seems to suggest so but in the finished photo it looks like a beautiful blue. Your mirror in the final photo also looks grey, is it my eyes or the lighting or the paint ???

    • Sally
      on May 20, 2017

      I would say it's the lighting. I have a beautiful Olive green in my family room, and at different times of the day, depending on the lighting, it will give off a different color. Lighting will do that to any room.
    • Suzanne
      on May 1, 2019

      Also two coats of paint as opposed to one. It looks as if only the first coat was applied at that stage.

  • Linda
    on Oct 25, 2016

    Can you paint over Formica?

  • Gretchen
    on Feb 21, 2019

    Did you remove the drawer fronts? I have almost the same cupboards, and it looks like you took them off to paint. If so, how did you remove them? You did an amazing job! I hope that I can do the same. I have sanded the front of one door, as I was hoping to make it look like an “unfinished” very light oak/birch look..but I’m not sure that will work. Thank you for sharing!

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  • Shari
    on Jul 16, 2018

    Thank you for sharing this...I am a second generation husband is not a DIYER. We have been talking about a guest bathroom remodel for years. With your post, I might be able to convince hubby that this job is doable!

  • Patty
    on Jan 19, 2019

    I was just checking for posts and came upon your DIYer. It just so happens, I am currently redoing my bathroom, began with the cabinet doors. The color I’m using happens to be the exact color in your picture. This is my very first project. I’m hoping and praying it comes out “perfect”. If not perfect, at least A “WOW”, is acceptable.

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