How can I refinish my bathroom vanity without stripping?

Jane Gies
by Jane Gies
My vanity has places where the finish is worn off from water splashes. The current finish is clear on oak and looks yellow. I do not want paint it but would like the finish to be darker. Help!
q how can i refinish my bathroom vanity without stripping
You can see the way on the drawers and around the hardwear.
q how can i refinish my bathroom vanity without stripping
The "yellowie" color is so dated.
  9 answers
  • Lisa Lee Bernier Lisa Lee Bernier on Jul 03, 2017
    paint over it

  • Christine Christine on Jul 03, 2017
    if u don't want to paint it your only option is to strip it and restain it. For about $100 Home Depot has out kits to redo cupboard and u can choose colours. It makes a world of difference and looks awesome.

  • Skylar Skylar on Jul 03, 2017
    You can stain it- It's way simpler than painting

  • Dee Dee on Jul 03, 2017
    Buy Minwax gel stain or General Finish gel stain.

  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Jul 03, 2017
    Jane, I think I found justthe thing for you. Although he talks of kitchen cabinets here, itwould apply to your bathroom cabinet too :) Hope this helps you find the satisfaction you are looking for with your cabinets :) Thanks for using Hometalk for help :)

  • Diana Lewis Diana Lewis on Jul 03, 2017
    Several coats of Tung oil. Remove hardware first though.

  • Birdz of a Feather Birdz of a Feather on Jul 03, 2017
    Jane, I know you don't want to paint it but have a look at the vanity I made over in my Mom's house; paint was such great transformation! Maybe you'll reconsider?

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 04, 2017
    Hi Jane,

    You do not have to strip it. I did my orange-y oak kitchen cabinets in an espresso finish with Old Masters gel stain, and it was my first time. It has been up for a few years and still looks new.

    I used a deglosser (Like liquid Sandpaper)...any generic brand will do. I applied it with steel wool and gave a good scrub, You don't have to push too hard, but make sure to even out the rough spots, and remove the gloss. I wiped off the residue with a damp cloth and let the cabinets dry overnight.

    I applied the satin with old socks on top of plastic gloves. I like it because I could feel all the nooks and crannies. I through out the sock when it became saturated. You can also use a brush (could streak) or rags. I let each coat dry a day. I put about 3 light coats. The cabinets were second-hand and the sink cabinet was really awfull and water damaged. You can't tell the difference now.

    Since I bought the stain at a B.M. dealer, they told me to top coat it with Stays Clear acrylic polyurethane. It comes in flat, low and high gloss finish. I never used it, but in a bathroom it would be important.

    Have fun!