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Refinishing A Bathroom Vanity?

Written by David | July 25, 2016

Are you considering refinishing a bathroom vanity?

If you are remodeling, moving into a new home, or just tired of the look of the vanity cabinets in your home, this blog is a quick before and after and what it takes to do it on your own or how you can reach us if it is something you are not ready to tackle.

While working in one of our last home redecorating projects, (with the help of  VARA design) the task was to refinish the bathroom vanity. New fixtures already in place, new granite installed, but the color of the vanity was not what the customers wanted not fit the new style of the home. So we had to do some cabinet refinishing.

bathroom vanity - cabinet refinishing - geneva

Vanity and walls needing to be refinished.

First up, paint!

The walls being red, the first thing on the agenda was to paint the walls.

  • We first removed all towel bars, toilet paper holders, mirror, outlet/switch plate covers, and wall lights.
  • Then we taped off the wood floor to protect from any drips, accidental drips, as well as making clean up easy when we started sanding walls and the vanity.
  • All of the walls were sanded and small picture hanger holes repaired
  • Once sanded we dusted the walls with a wet rag and allowed it to dry
  • Then we applied two coats of light grey paint.

With the walls down, we moved to the vanity cabinet to repaint it.

Painting a bathroom vanity

painting a bathroom vanity

Grey walls and vanity refinishing in progress.

How to paint a vanity

The vanity was:

  • Stripped of all hardware
  • Removed all doors and drawers
  • Cleaned with an all-purpose cleaner such as simple green TSP
  • We masked off the granite
  • Sanded all paintable surfaces with 220 grit sandpaper
  • Then cleaned the sanded areas with a wet rag, allowed to dry then wiped one more time with denatured alcohol.
  • A coat of bonding primer added (I like Duralac cabinet primer)
  • Paint color added (actually the same color as the walls, but we used a cabinet grade paint)

Once the vanity and all parts we painted we were reminded that the glazing needed to be done. So we broke out the glaze tinted as directed by the folks at VARA design, and set to glazing. Once dry we added our favorite clear cost by Modern Masters. We have completed cabinet refinishing.

refinishing bathroom vanity - dfranco painting

Bathroom vanity refinished!

With everything dry we added the drawers, hardware, outlet covers, lights, removed the tape and took a picture. It is exactly what the client asked for. This project was about 800 dollars with materials including work.

So what do you need refinishing? Kitchen cabinets? Furniture? Maybe a vanity of your own.

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