My Little Bathroom Makeover for $50

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So we moved into our home and I hated the guest bathroom it was painted so many different dark colors. But with the expense of moving and other areas needing redone I only had about $50 to make this work.

This is the before

I taped everything off because I was going to....wait for it...spray paint my countertops.

I sanded the old countertops which were discolored and yellow in spots. I then wiped clean and then wiped again!

I used stone spray paint by rustoleum. Start with one light coat first. Make sure you shake that can!

After second and light third coat.

I then sealed it with this... 3 coats. Now it does not make the surface smooth but it does seal it nice and makes the counters clean up nicely. It definitely does not leave a rough finish.

Cabinets and framing the mirror next. Painted the cabinets with white chalk paint, less prep involved. I did remove the doors and drawers. The middle ones you see here are fake drawers. Wipe everything with TSP before painting.

All done. I sealed the cabinets with water based varathane, 2 coats and distressed my cabinets.

Finished vanity

I added these Goodwill find lights ($3) and painted the walls a soft sea foam green and grey in certain areas. Paint left from previous owner.

This is above the toilet, walls are grey. This cute little light fixture was in a throw away box on a curb of stuff I had picked up a while back, it was a dark brown trim. I taped all the glass off and painted the trim silver. The light before was just a plain some light.

Before and after.

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  • C’MM C’MM on Oct 26, 2020

    Can you paint laminated vanity doors?

  • Melissa Melissa on Dec 23, 2020

    How many cans of stone spray paint did you use?

  • Marie Rowley Marie Rowley on May 15, 2021

    If you use polyurethane in a bathroom doesn’t turn yellow over time


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  • Diane Diane on Jan 10, 2021

    Fabulous! I’m tempted.

  • Melissa Melissa on Jan 12, 2021

    The countertop paint job DOES NOT WORK! It looked so beautiful, but the second we ran water in the sink, it bubbled up & separated from the sink. We followed your directions precisely. I think that you have your polyurethane’s turned around. The one for the cabinets should’ve been used for the sink I’m afraid. We had to completely rip out the sink AGAIN & spend $250 more to replace it.

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    • Beth Daniels Woods Beth Daniels Woods on Oct 05, 2021

      I did a double sink vanity and it is fine 6 years later... but I did give it all a good cleaning and a light sanding beforehand. And time between coats to dry and lots of polyurethane. I actually wish it would peel up so I would have an excuse to re-do it!