Simple DIY Powder Room Transformation

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This post is about our DIY powder room transformation where we repainted the cabinet, vanity, replaced the sink and faucet, and updated the mirror. Follow along and hopefully, get inspired to make a change to your powder room. Our powder room was getting a little shabby lately. In 2006, we had remodeled the powder room with a new toilet, cabinet, and sink/vanity. Over time this powder room was used a lot by family and friends. Now, it has gotten a little rough around the edges. So, we decided to replace the vanity top and paint the cabinet, mirror, and sink. Here’s the before picture.

Before Bathroom Cabinet

This cabinet wasn't too bad. But we wanted it to match the other two cabinets so we painted it also.

Before Mirror Cabinet

It has gotten a little rough around the edges. The mirror's wood got a little water damage near where the sink faucet.

Before Sink Cabinet - Took Off Doors

The lower cabinet was worn on the door openings and near the sink.

Remove Dust from the Cabinets and add Painters Tape to Protect the Areas

Clean the Cabinets and tape up the area to protect the areas I did not want to be painted.

Since we decided to replace the old sink we removed that as well. As it took some doing to take off the caulk and the glue from the cabinet to remove the sink, we moved the vanity a bit and loosened it from the wall. We had to remove some of the tiles around the sink top to make it easier to move and pull out to replace it. So, to make the vanity more secure again, we added L brackets to the front inside edges of the cabinet.

Paint the Cabinet, mirror, and Vanity

Since the sink cabinet was screwed into the wall, we chose to leave it in place. But, we decided to remove the upper cabinet and paint it in another room with the doors. This made it easier to paint the cabinet. We removed the doors to make it easier to paint. Using a drill, we unscrewed the doors.

Laid the Doors / cabinet on a drop cloths and painted them

We laid the doors and cabinet on the drop cloths and spaced them out. The paint has added the cabinet with a paintbrush. We used wood to raise the doors and cabinet to paint the sides easily, and it would not paint the dropcloth and the fabric together.

Taped the mirror and painted

We painted the edges of the mirror to match the vanity area. Then, we painted the inside of the mirror edges so as not to paint the mirror itself.

Two Coats of Paint. Drying in between coats.

Also, we painted the sides of the cabinet and mirror boxes. We then, did the second coat on all of them again and let them dry.

We painted the cabinets with a polyurethane satin finish. I thought it was too shiny but everyone else liked it. If I do this again in our other bathroom I am going to use Polycrylic - flat clear. It is less shiny.

Add the faucet/sink to the top of the dried painted vanity. Then, mounted the cabinets and mirror to the wall and added the doors to them. We added the rubber bumpers to the backside of the doors that we took off before painting.

After Mirror Cabinet

This is the after mirror cabinet.

After Vanity Cabinet and new sink and faucet

Above is the updated vanity cabinet, sink and faucet. It looks great.

This is the after picture of the Cabinet

It turned out well. What do you think? Feel free to visit our blog for more details on this DIY project.


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