Fast Fixes: Bathroom

Update a Vanity With Wallpaper

Give an old bathroom vanity a fresh new look with vinyl wallpaper.

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Materials Needed:

  • bathroom vanity
  • vinyl wallpaper
  • wallpaper paste
  • wallpaper-smoothing tool
  • utility knife
  • wood filler
  • putty knife
  • damp cloth
  • screwdriver
  • door pulls
  • medium-grit sanding block
  • pencil
  • notepad
  • tape measure
  • level
  • paintbrush
  • bucket
  • drop cloth
  • drill
  • drill bit
  • wallpaper primer

Prep Doors

Use screwdriver to remove existing door pulls and hinges. Lay doors out on a long, flat surface. Fill any carved detail with wood filler using utility knife. Once wood filler has dried, use medium-grit sanding block to smooth out surface of door. Add wallpaper primer to surface of doors and base with paintbrush.

Measure and Cut Wallpaper

Use tape measure to determine height and width of doors and vanity base. Jot measurements down on notepad using pencil. Referring to dimensions on notepad, roll out vinyl wallpaper, then mark using pencil and level. Cut vinyl wallpaper using utility knife.

Add Paste

Protect floor of work area with drop cloth. Lay out pre-cut pieces of vinyl wallpaper, back side up, on long, flat surface. Pour wallpaper paste into bucket. Dip paintbrush into bucket, then "paint" an even layer of paste on the back of the wallpaper. Fold both ends of wallpaper into the middle, allow approximately five minutes for paste to settle.

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