How to revitalize my my bathroom vanities?


I need to update my vanities, they are particle board and are peeling from the moisture in the bathrooms. Would sanding and painting be an option? What kind of paint would I use?

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  • William William on Aug 16, 2018

    Make sure they are clean and dry. Remove the doors and hardware. Mark the doors and cabinets with tape where they go. Lightly sand the doors and cabinets to remove any gloss and roughen the surface for paint with 220 grit sandpaper or a green Scotch Brite pad.. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove dust after sanding. Prime with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123, KILZ,or BIN and have it tinted to the color of the top coat. This will prevent dark or stained surfaces from showing through the top coat. Acrylic, or water base paints are low-fume and clean up easily with water. Alkyd, or oil-base, paints require good ventilation because the paint contains solvents that can irritate your lungs and make you feel sick. Alkyd options require mineral spirits for cleanup, but they provide a hard, durable paint finish. Whichever you use, buy the best-quality paint you can afford for a lasting kitchen cabinet finish. Seal with at least three coats with a water based polyurethane. Use a small foam roller and foam brush for a smooth finish.

  • Amanda Amanda on Aug 16, 2018

    Hi Debbra. Be careful sanding these if they are particle board. I would actually wipe them down with mineral spirits, then prime and paint. I just redid a desk that was particle board with chalk paint and it turned out very well. Good Luck!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 16, 2018

    Hi Debbra,

    Yes you could paint them, but only after they are completely dry before you start. Sand, Prime, Undercoat and use Gloss paint. If you have water running to the back of the top - use a piece of angle and stick it to the seam. You could also Tile it or use Contact.

    Enjoy the project!

  • Old grouchy granny Old grouchy granny on Aug 16, 2018

    I think chalk paint would work too, with a sealer on top. No fumes from chalk paint. Put it on over the Kilz.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 20, 2018

    It was my pleasure to try and help you...........