DIY Vanity Upgrade

5 Materials
3 Days

I wanted to update my boring builder grade bathroom vanity.

I painted it last year but was lazy and didn't prime so it was chipping and wasn't looking its best.

I decided I wanted to do a fun slatted treatment on the front like my kitchen peninsula so I headed to Home Depot and picked up these lattice/fill it strips for 98 cents a piece and then on to Lowes to grab some Valspar Cabinet enamel in Sherwin Williams Germinating Green, Cabinet enamel is so much more durable than regular paint as it dries to a hard finish that isn't as easy to scratch.

I started by taking off my cabinet doors. I cleaned the entire cabinet with TSP to make sure all the grime was off.

I had some 1/4 inch plywood left over from another project that I cut to size and nailed in the recessed area of the door. You could totally make all new doors with plywood but I chose to work with what I had on hand to make this as budget friendly as possible.

I then caulked the cracks, smoothed it out, and let it dry. You could also use wood filler but I was just using what I had on hand. I sanded it lightly and then primed everything with Killz bonding primer.

Once that dried, I did a light coat of my cabinet enamel. You want to let it dry 8 hours between coats and it usually takes 3 coats to get the coverage you want.

While that was drying, I cut my wood strips to size and figured out my spacing. Its tedious, but you want to sand every piece to make sure its smooth. No splinters here.

Then you will prime each piece, and then paint each piece with a first coat. I bundled them together to do the sides so that it went a little quicker.

Do a second coat on everything and allow to dry for another 8 hours.

Once dry, attach the wood strips with brad nails or wood glue, then do a final coat of cabinet enamel.

Allow to dry and then you can install your hardware! I snagged these and these on Amazon, and only used half so I have enough to do another vanity!

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Be sure to check out the entire process on my Instagram!


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  • Tlc Tlc on Apr 01, 2021

    What is the hardware handles / pulls?

  • Robin Sullivan Robin Sullivan on Jul 22, 2021

    "You can shop this screenshot on like to know it"

    What does this mean? I love the little hanging towel bar!


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  • Lori Thornton Lori Thornton on Apr 09, 2021

    So awesome, i have a similar vanity with same top. I might want to copy you instead of spending money on a new one. Then i can put that money toward a bidet!!! thanks for the inspiration.

  • Terri Terri on Apr 23, 2021

    Very cool!!!