This sea salt painted vanity is a huge transformation, and paint is always a budget-friendly way to change an outdated piece.
Hey friends! I love the power of paint, don’t you? I just literally never get tired of how it can transform endless amounts of things. And my seal salt painted vanity is the perfect example of a budget friendly transformation, using paint, that packs a giant punch.
I mean, just look at that tired chocolate brown painted vanity that was chipping and worn off?!?! I have been itching to change this cabinet up with some paint since day one of moving into this home! And when I decided to join the $100 Room Challenge this year, it really was all because I wanted some motivation to get this vanity painted for once and for all.
Wanna Catch up with my progress on this challenge? Start from the beginning!
Of course, I want to thank the lovely Erin over at Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for being our lovely host. If you are new to the $100 Room Challenge you can read more about it here. But the basic premise for the challenge is this: you get one month, and $100, to completely makeover one space in your home. I know what you may be thinking… $100 is not a lot of money. Just wait. What you can do with $100 (and a little creativity) will absolutely blow your mind. And if you don’t believe me, just follow along, and click through and see what the other participants are doing for this challenge, and you will see so many great things happening with just a $100 budget.
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Sea Salt Painted Vanity Details
Since these cabinets were previously painted, I did not feel the need to prime or sand them. I just cleaned them really well to get any oily residues off of them. I did have to buy the paint for this, so it was the first time I have dipped into my $100 budget for this challenge.
I used Infinity paint from the HGTV Home Sherwin Williams line, in a flat finish, the color Sea Salt. I did spend a bit more on this paint than I typically would at Lowe’s, but I wanted to try it, and it is supposed to be really durable, which is good for cabinets.
I opted to use a paint sprayer to paint the cabinet doors. And then I used a brush for the bases. I have painted several cabinet doors in my life, but I usually hand paint them, and that takes forever and a day. So using my Homeright Paint Sprayer was a great choice and I was finished with the cabinet doors in a flash! After they were dry, I sealed them with Varathane Ultimate Water Based Polyurethane in crystal clear matte that I had left over from a previous project.
This room isn’t finished by a long shot, but it already has a more light and airy feeling with this drastically lighter paint color for the cabinets. This little alcove that houses the toilet and a large cabinet above, has always felt dark, and there is a lack of proper lighting in this room. So painting this particular cabinet a lighter color really helps brighten things up.
We plan to remedy the lighting problems we have in this room at some point, but certainly not on this tight budget! On down the line, it’s in the plans though.
We still need to add cabinet handles, and I actually already purchased them, but they didn’t arrive until after I took these photos. You can see the exact handles I ordered beneath this next photo.
I am super happy with my progress and how much it changed up the room so far! However, I have a bit of bad news. I think I may have bit off a tad more than I can chew this time around. I had some lofty dreams for this space, and I think I can accomplish all of them on my budget, but the problem is, I don’t think I have the time to get to all of them.
Last weekend was my birthday, so we were away for the weekend, and next weekend my son and his girlfriend are coming for a visit. So since I work a full time job during the week, I only have this upcoming weekend to finish all the things.
What is Left to Accomplish
My biggest goal for this weekend, is to repaint the bathroom mirror, and to paint the walls behind the sink and the wall behind the toilet and cabinets above. And then I am planning to do a sharpie ship lap on both of those walls. I also plan to shop for a new rug, fabric to make a quick DIY roman shade.
I also think I can squeeze in replacing the shelves near our bathtub with some shelves we already have. I also want to paint the rest of the walls, the baseboards, and the doors too, but I am quite certain that I am physically unable to do all of that painting in the time I have allotted.
So, I decided to focus on the side of the room that has all of the cabinets, and make that side of the room the way I envision it. Then at least I can get some good reveal photos, even if the other side is still yet to be finished. And then, I will obviously still complete the room and share with you.
I think I failed this time at planning ahead enough to realize that two of my five weekends were going to be shot because of prior plans. But the good news is that I think I can still make a significant impact in the room for this challenge, even if room isn’t completely finished on time. But you know what? Life happens, and I am choosing in this season of my life to focus on grace, not perfection. And I will take a weekend away with my husband and a visit with my son any day over a project that I can finish any time.
I’ll be back next week to share all about my sharpie shiplap accent wall, so stay tuned! I’m excited to give this project a try!
The Budget…So Far
Rustoleum Spray paint in Pure Gold – $6.98
Cabinet Pulls – $9.84 (these pulls came in a pack of 10, and I will only use 1/2 for this project, so saving the rest for a future project)
Paint for vanity– $20.98
Total So Far – $37.80
For even more bathroom inspiration, check out my Bathroom Pinterest Board here.
Check out my previous $100 Room Challenge Reveals
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