Painted Bathroom Vanity
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Not much prep necessary for milk paint (or chalk paint if you go that route)! I cleaned the cabinet with some spray to make sure all the toothpaste splatters were off. Then I ran a sanding block all over the surfaces quickly just to rough things up a bit. Don’t go crazy here. You don’t need to remove the existing finish unless there is damage or chips.Then wipe off the dust and you are ready to paint! Also a good idea to tape off any edges that touch walls or floors just to keep things clean. You will also want to remove your hardware prior to painting. If you are changing hardware and won’t be using the existing holes, now is the time to fill those previous holes as well.
Start by applying a thin coat of milk paint. I used a brush along all the edges and then used a foam roller to paint the flat surfaces. You can also consider doing it all with a good paint brush and skip the roller altogether (in all honesty, I go back and forth on this and tend to prefer brush application). It is just a personal preference. I let the paint dry an hour or so between each coat and would then reapply. I think I did 3-4 coats total. I know that sounds like a lot but it goes super fast. As you can see below, it does go on thin with not perfect coverage to start. But it builds with each coat and this really seems to help with the smooth finish.
Once you’ve obtained the coverage you want, it’s time to seal it all! I used a water based polyurethane in a satin finish. The milk paint has more of a matte finish. I think the satin finish adds a nice sheen consistent with newly purchased cabinetry. If you want a different sheen, just choose the coordinating polyurethane. I applied two coats to seal since it is a bathroom that will get a little moisture.
If you are changing your hardware, now is the time to drill the appropriate holes and install. Otherwise, just reinstall your old hardware. And you are done!
I seriously love how a little paint updated this vanity and kept us from having to replace it completely. My painted bathroom vanity looks like a totally new piece and it cost me less than $50 and just a few hours of work! I also updated the bathroom floor with paint and you can see that here!