Operation Beautify: The Master Bathroom Vanity

Jessica Coplen
by Jessica Coplen
Our master bathroom was one area that I had no idea how to tackle. Here's the situation: it's a DREAM bathroom. It's huge and has every feature that I could ever imagine wanting. I actually often feel spoiled in here, and then feel guilty about not loving the cosmetic features in the room. The best way I know how to put it...this is the ultimate "1980's custom designed" style. I basically thought the countertops (which are granite) were the ugliest things on the planet, and the floors just aren't my style (I feel like they always look dirty).
I knew that there wasn't money in any budget to redo this bathroom...or even the true need to replace perfectly good floors or counters. One day, I decided that I could pretty the room up with paint...my favorite (cheap and easy) method.
I completed this paint project in 3 evenings after I put the kiddos to bed and the hubby was watching various sports games. On night one, I lightly sanded the surfaces. Sometimes I use my orbital sander, but I opted to do this by hand on this project. I used a finer grit and just sanded enough to scratch the glossy surfaces. Then I cleaned everything well, removed the hardware, and gave it all one coat of my favorite Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer.

The next night, I gave the vanity the first coat of paint, and then a second coat on night three.

I picked Comfort Gray, a shade by Sherwin Williams, but had it color matched at Home Depot. I really prefer to use the Behr Premium Plus Paint and Primer on any furniture piece. I opted for semi-gloss this time as it was a bathroom vanity, and I LOVE the finish of this paint!
NIGHT AND DAY difference. Something magical happened when I softened the room with this dreamy green/blue/gray paint color...I suddenly didn't mind the floor as much, and I almost liked the countertops!! Isn't it just amazing what paint can do?
To finish off this fun makeover, I used antique brass pulls from D. Lawless hardware. This family-owned company has some really cool items, and they have started doing something called Free Hardware Fridays. They provided me with enough pulls to complete my bathroom vanity, and I think they are just the perfect finishing touch.
I will be painting the bathroom walls in the near future (they are currently LAVENDER...seriously...I told you it was 1980's in here!!) and can't wait to finish our complete master bathroom redo!

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  • Connie Eggen Connie Eggen on Dec 07, 2015
    The floor and counter tops look different too but you did not change them out did you? if they are original, then it is terrific!

  • Linda Linda on Dec 07, 2015
    We just bought a rustic cottage with cheep dark wood paneling. We can't afford to replace it at this time because of all the other, more important work that needs to be done. It has shiny finish. Would I have to sand it in order to paint it?

  • Pamela Mines Pamela Mines on Dec 07, 2015
    Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Love how it all ties together! I would have never thought brass pulls would complement the gray/blue color, but they are perfect! Your countertop looks different in the After pics. It looks like more grey hues rather than brown in the Before pics. Is it the same one? Just different lighting, possibly? Thanks for sharing!

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  • Carolyn Carolyn on Dec 31, 2015
    Those cabinets just stuck out like a sore thumb! (I can't believe we used to love those cabinets!) Huge difference, and such a simple way to change the whole feel of the room. Great job!

  • Bbk1974294 Bbk1974294 on Dec 31, 2015
    you did an excellent job it looks so pretty really good matching color to the floor