Repurposed Design

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Give a fresh new look to an old vanity with a little paint and some elbow grease.

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Materials Needed:

  • 2" paintbrush
  • high-adhesion primer (preferably one that's engineered specifically for baths)
  • semi-gloss, latex paint
  • non-yellowing, water-based polyurethane
  • sanding block
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • screwdriver (Phillips or flathead, depending on the type of screws on the vanity)
  • new door and/or drawer pulls (optional)
  • new faucet (optional)

Clean It Up

Wipe down the vanity with a damp cloth and allow it to dry completely.

Remove Hardware

Using the appropriate screwdriver, remove all door and drawer pulls from the vanity. It's also a good idea to remove the doors and drawers from the vanity because they'll be easier to paint if they're lying flat.

Sand It

Using a sanding block wrapped in sandpaper, lightly sand the entire surface of the vanity, including the fronts of all doors and drawers. Move in the direction of the wood grain to minimize the appearance of fine scratches. Once the cabinet, doors and drawer fronts are sanded, wipe them all with a damp rag and allow each piece to dry completely.

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