Hey friends! I hope you are doing well and staying safe, with all that has been happening in this crazy world lately. It’s been awhile since I have shared any updates with you guys in our new home. Gosh, I think the last time I made a post our stay at home orders had barely just begun. I’m excited to share our painted bathroom vanity with you today!
We have made some great progress in our home since then, and I am finally starting to have some projects that I think are worthy of being shared! One of the first projects I started on during quarantine was this painted bathroom vanity in our upstairs hall bathroom.
You can tell that this bathroom vanity was probably great at one time. But it is just not my style at all. To be honest, we plan to change out this entire sink one day, but it’s not currently in the budget. So I decided to try to paint the vanity and give it a little update that goes more along with the style we are going for in this home. This will get me through for the time being. Sometimes, it works out to do a lower budget phase one makeover when it comes to something like this that you feel is really abrasive to your design aesthetic.
We have other things we are planning on doing in this space to complete this phase one makeover, but I thought I would share our progress so far. Below, you can see what this vanity looked like when we moved in, and up until just a couple of months ago.
The sink is brass and the faucet, I really like, but the brownish granite is not my style at all, and I can’t wait until the day that it goes bye bye. You may know that red is my favorite color, but not when it comes to the style of this vanity. I can see where someone else may think this piece is really cool, but I am not one of them. It is too fancy and ornate, and the asian theme that is painted on it is just not my style.
I do, however, like the lines of the vanity, so I decided to try to find a color that would coordinate with the counter, and give painting it a try. This, and a few other quick projects in here, and I will be able to live with it until we can afford a larger renovation in this bathroom.
I couldn’t completely make the asian theme go away on this vanity, because some of it is raised. I guess I could have sanded for days and removed it, but I felt like I could live with that with one solid color of paint all over.
Painted Bathroom Makeover- The Process
I have to say, I am pleased with the way that this painted bathroom vanity turned out. I decided to use Behr Marquee Interior Matte paint in the color Mossy Bank. I lightly sanded the vanity down with a fine grit sanding sponge, and then I cleaned it with a deglosser before giving it two coats of paint. I then sealed it with Varathane Ultimate Water Based Polyurethane in crystal clear matte.
As I mentioned earlier, I am not replacing the counter top or the sink, so I needed to choose a color that would coordinate with the granite. That was a difficult task, because I so dislike the colors. And I was NOT going to choose any shade of brown, especially not with the dark color of the hardwood floors, which I do like. I went with the mossy green because it was different than any of the colors in the granite, but I still felt that it would coordinate nicely.
After I got the vanity painted, the rug I had in here, which was brought from our previous home, was no longer working, so I traded it out with the rug in our laundry room, which is also from our previous home. I will be changing this out as soon as we are able to safely go out shopping. I always enjoy shopping for things like rugs at Home Goods or TJ Maxx.
I really fell in love with this color of paint, and ended up painting a couple of other things in our house with the remaining paint I had after finishing the vanity. I will show you those other projects later. But if you want to see more of what is going on around our new home, please follow me on Instagram because I usually share what I am working on around here in my Instagram Stories in real time.
I really think this mossy color works with the muddy colors in the granite, so I am happy with my color choice. And I feel like it completely transformed this piece. It makes it so much easier to live with this vanity for a while longer.
I have plans to paint the mirror over the sink, and I am thinking of brightening it up with white. I feel like that will give this fairly classic mirror more of a modern farmhouse look.
The light over the sink, and the hand towel holder are not my taste either. I plan to change out the hand towel holder, and maybe do a little DIY project to the light to give it a little update without having to replace it right away. But one of these days I will replace it as well.
Here’s a nice up close look at the granite. It is probably my least favorite surface in our house. I do like the sink, although it is difficult to keep shiny and clean looking and the drain cover is broken. I also really like the shape and patina of the brass faucet, so I may just decide to keep it when we do replace the sink one day. Only time will tell!
I love that this bathroom has a window in the shower area. It is always a good thing to have natural light in a room. But it does make it difficult to photograph a room when you are facing your camera straight into the light. When we moved into our home, there was a curved shower curtain rod in here that had to go. It was making the shower curtain brush against the toilet on a regular basis, and that grossed me out. So I ordered a new shower curtain rod in an oil rubbed bronze, and I added this white ruffly shower curtain that was from our old master bathroom.
I also spray painted the clothes hamper that is in here white. It is a vintage hamper that was gold. It is the perfect size and shape for this room so I decided to give it a fresh new life and keep using it.
Things To Do
I am really happy with this budget friendly painted bathroom vanity! I can’t believe how much better I like this bathroom now. Some things I am thinking of doing to complete phase one of this makeover are:
- Do a DIY project to update the lighting
- change out the hand towel holder
- Remove towel bar and hang hooks instead
- give out toilet paper holder a little update
- Change out the rug
- Thinking of doing a fun DIY with the shower tile
- Possibly paint walls
As I mentioned above, I have been trying to keep myself busy with projects around here that have been on my list. We are doing any major renovations right now, and instead trying to focus our budget on getting the remainder of our home furnished. We do have an update coming up in our powder room downstairs that I can’t wait to share with you. It is going to be bold and I can’t wait to get started on it! So, stay tuned for that! And stay safe, wash your hands, and social distance as best as you can at this time.
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