Update a Vanity With Wallpaper

Give an old bathroom vanity a fresh new look with vinyl wallpaper.
Black and White Striped Bathroom With Gray Vanity

Black and White Striped Bathroom With Gray Vanity

A creative reptile-print bathroom vanity adds texture to the bold black and white striped walls. A vase of bright pink flowers gives a feminine flair to the space.

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.

How To Prep Vanity For Wallpaper Update

How To Prep Vanity For Wallpaper Update

To prep the vanity, remove existing door pulls and hinges with a screwdriver. Lay the vanity doors onto a flat surface, fill any carved detail with wood filler using a utility knife, sand and smooth out surface of the door to apply wallpaper.

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.

How To Prep Wallpaper for Vanity Update

How To Prep Wallpaper for Vanity Update

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.

Attach Wallpaper to Doors

Unfold wallpaper, then press directly to door, matching repeat piece by piece, and wrapping around to the back. Smooth out air bubbles using wallpaper-smoothing tool. Cut away excess using utility knife. Wipe off any residue with damp cloth.

How To Attach Wallpaper to Vanity Doors

How To Attach Wallpaper to Vanity Doors

Unfold wallpaper, then press directly to door, matching repeat piece by piece, and wrapping around to the back. Smooth out air bubbles using wallpaper-smoothing tool. Cut away excess using utility knife. Wipe off any residue with damp cloth.

Attach Wallpaper to Base

Apply paste directly to vanity base using paint brush. Press firmly in place, matching repeat piece by piece, then cut away excess using utility knife. Smooth out air bubbles using wallpaper-smoothing tool. Wipe off any residue with damp cloth.

Add New Door Pulls

Use screwdriver to attach hinges to doors and vanity base. Drill holes for door pulls with drill bit. Install door pulls with screwdriver.

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