Can I spray paint this vanity unit? What’s the best thing to use?

by Claire
  20 answers
  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Nov 17, 2020

    Hi Claire, do you have a pic? Yes you can spray paint any piece of furniture. Just make sure you still sand before hand. Start with something like 180 grit and work your way up to 220. If you are using spray paint, I would seal it with polycrylic spray sealer. Good luck!

  • on Nov 17, 2020

    Spray paint will make it easy but I’d be worried about the paint adhering long term.

  • Yes, you can. Be sure to clean the vanity well and use a multi-surface spray paint.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 17, 2020

    I find that RustOleum and Krylon make the best spray paints. Make sure to get the formula for the type of surface you're painting (wood, plastic, veneer). In general, I clean with TSP/scuff with fine steel wool/wipe residue with denatured alcohol before painting.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Nov 17, 2020

    You can spray paint it. Any spray paint should work on your vanity. First, make sure you prep it well, a light sanding and then cleaning it with a tack cloth.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Nov 17, 2020

    Agreed, I would also use RustOleum as my first choice. Make sure its totally clean and lightly sand it before applying.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 17, 2020

    Hello. I use both spray and paint on Zinsser BIN primer, the one with the shellac base for most furniture projects.

    Going from a dark stain to a light color—- a shellac based primer is essential. I spray the primer, lightly sanded with 400 grit, cleaned the dust with a tack cloth and then applied a second coat.

    Spray paint

    Rustoleum recommendations


    Always work in a well-ventilated area. Cover the floor and nearby items with a drop cloth. Lightly scuff any glossy surfaces and wipe clean with a lint-free cloth. Use Painter’s tape to hide any surfaces you don’t want to paint.


    Using slow, back-and-forth motions, spray paint each item with several light coats of spray paint, making sure to overlap each stroke slightly. Apply 2-3 coats of spray paint, waiting a few minutes in between each coat.


    Let spray paint dry for approximately 1 hour before handling.

    Tip: Use of 2X Ultra Cover Primer or Bulleye 123 provides better paint coverage and color.

  • William William on Nov 17, 2020

    You can spray paint anything. You will need to lightly sand to remove any gloss. Tape off what you don't want painted. Spray with primer, then spray your color. Seal with three coats of a water based poly. If this is inside open windows and be wary of fumes. They are harmful and flammable. I prefer using a foam brush and foam roller.

  • Dee Dee on Nov 17, 2020

    I would clean the vanity well, let dry. Sand lightly. Use Rustoleum auto primer, it works great on anything. lightly sand again. Then use Rustoleum of your color choice. Remember spraying comes with over-spray. Make sure everything you do NOT want paint on is covered in plastic. You also need to be in a well ventilated room. You do not want to get sick.

    Or you can get a good primer and prime the vanity Like Kilz with a roller, sand lightly and get a good Purdy roller and use latex or an acrylic paint on the vanity. Just do NOT use chalk paint.

  • Em Em on Nov 17, 2020

    Please repost with a photo or description of what the vanity is made of. To attach a photo have it on your device phone or computer. Go the the camera at the bottom left and open it, find the picture and open it to this site.

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 17, 2020

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  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Nov 18, 2020

    What is the vanity made out of? I like Rustoleum spray paint for most of my home décor and DIY projects.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Nov 18, 2020

    I would use either chalk paint or Americana Decor Satin Enamels Paint. I used the Americana Decor paint on my bathroom vanity, and it came out great:

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Nov 18, 2020

    Hi! I try not to ever use spray paint indoors because of the fumes. After a good cleaning, you can prime and paint using any good quality paint. They also make paint and paint kits for cabinets that hold up well. Both Giani and Rustoleum make excellent kits. Good luck!

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Nov 19, 2020

    I'd use a mini foam roller and cabinet paint

  • RobynnNinjah RobynnNinjah on Nov 19, 2020

    When you filled the strip lines, did you use a paintable caulk? That would be my guess.

    As far as covering the mistake, i agree with other commenters - beadboard! Its trendy, its smooth and easy to paint, and its one of those timeless looks that will last a long time and not just fall out of style in a season or 2.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Nov 20, 2020

    Here is a vanity I made over with a chalky paint, it may work better than spray paint.

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  • Maura White Maura White on Nov 20, 2020

    Do you have a picture that you can share with us?

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Nov 20, 2020

    Hope this video helps you with painting your vanity unit.



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  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Dec 31, 2020

    it all depends what is your vanity made out of ... can you provide details and pictures ?