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Bathroom Refresh Without the Reno {Part II}

Now that we've got the spray painting of the fixtures covered, I can move on to the other project that this refresh involved, and that, my friends, was the painting of the vanity. You may not have even noticed that I did, in fact, paint the vanity. But I did, in fact, repaint the vanity.

This vanity had already been painted before, and it was previously a grey that had a few too many blue undertones for my taste. I wanted it to complement the existing tile a bit more, so painting it was the answer. I went with the color "sculptor clay" by Behr. I absolutely love Behr paint, and my entire house is painted in it. You can get Behr paint at Home Depot, and wouldn't you lucky readers also know that you can get free shipping on thousands of items at Home Depot by clicking here! But, back to the vanity. So I went with a color that was more of a greige, and once paired with the gold hardware, I found that the whole room flowed way better.

So, how do I paint a vanity, one might ask? Well, it's not as difficult as you might imagine. There are actually cabinet painting kits that make the entire process extremely easy. I used these kits for all my original vanity painting (and I have painted every vanity in my home).

First things first, you are going to want to sand everything down a bit. This is a way for the paint to adhere to the wood. You do not need to sand the vanity and doors down to the bare wood, but instead just rough it up a little bit so that the paint has something to stick to. After it's all sanded down, remove the doors and get ready to paint.

In this case, I went with Behr Alkyd Satin Enamel. This paint is specifically designed to be used on cabinets, and creates a very hard surface when finished. It was highly recommended, and I am very happy with it. I will definitely use it again in the future. When painting cabinet doors, you are going to want to paint around the inside of the crease first, and then paint the remaining door. I used a dense foam roller for this project, and though it was my first experience with this tool for cabinet painting, I highly recommend it. There were no brush strokes, and in addition to that, I found that the foam roller distributed the paint more efficiently, so less paint lasted me longer.

As far as number of coats, in this case, you are going to want to apply at least two coats of your color. I actually went with three in some spots. It's amazing how much hand traffic cabinets get, so the stronger the paint, the better. Just make sure to let your paint dry in between coats, because it will be way more likely to chip if you don't. Lastly, you are definitely going to want to apply a top coat. I have always used this one, and have had great luck with it.

Once all that is done, ladies and gents, you are DONE. So it's really not that bad. Slap that hardware back on, throw those cabinets back on the vanity, and bask in the glory of your completed project, because your bathroom just got a brand new refresh.

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