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How to do a Cheap and Easy Bathroom Update ANYONE can do!

My Sister, Scarlett’s Husband went out of town and there were a few projects that
 she wanted to get done around the house while he was gone.

Her bathroom vanity 
was always something she wanted to change.
I headed over to her house at about 9pm and we got started!
I made the mistake of messing with my paint sprayer 
(which was a new sprayer that I just got, but I did not clean it out properly, so I ruined it.. BIG mistake.. 
Note to self always take the time to clean out the gun!) 
for about an hour and a half, 
it was a BIG waste of time!


We ended up hand painting the vanity and it turned out great!

Material you will need:
Sander
180 grit sandpaper
Painter’s Tape
Paint
Brushes 
We started with a standard builders vanity.
Let’s get started!
1. Sand down the vanity! 
2. Wipe down the vanity with an old sock
(this is a new trick that I have loved! It gets all the dust and leaves no lint!)
3. Once you clean every thing up, start to tape off the area and put paper down on the floor.

4. Now its time for paint… we picked a PERFECT grey color.. somewhere in blogland someone said this was a great color.. so without knowing what it would look like we got the number and picked up the paint… I LOVE IT!!!!
Not sure why I got a satin finish.. it should have been semi-gloss
but we are going to add a sealer so it will be okay.
We used only about a quart of paint. I would recommend buying a gallon there is nothing worse then running out of paint, and then you will have extra for touch ups!
5. We hand brushed the whole thing.. it probably took us about an hour and a half or so for us to paint the outside and inside of the vanity.
Then we cleaned up and we were done! It was such a quick and easy project and it made a Big, BIG difference!

Scarlett added crystal knobs from Hobby Lobby and her new curtain from Anthropologie.


The last thing for the bathroom redo was to spray paint a little cabinet that Scarlett had.
 It was a old piece from my moms house.. it was a dirty cream color.
 We spray painted it a light pink color. 
Here is the before:

Here are the AFTER shots.  Much better!

What do you think about the painted vanity and little pink cabinet?
Is this project something you would do?
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13 Comments

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    Comeca Jones
    September 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Very nice. I love the color you chose for the vanity.

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    Ange
    September 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I just painted my bathroom vanity black and love it! Such a quick, easy and cheap update! Looks great in gray, that’s what I plan on doing my master bathroom vanity it!

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    Jen
    September 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Ok What is that perfect grey color?
    I swear i thought Mallory posted recently about pebble grey being the best color. I just painted my mast bathroom that color and it’s light blue!! 🙁
    I am going to see if I can add a pinch of warmth and a little black to tweak the color.
    Then painting the vanity black.

    Love how Scarlett’s turned out & LOVE the Zebra! So her 🙂

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    Jen
    September 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    They totally tinted in wrong then, ya i was way bummed. What great did Savannah use? I’m going to laugh if it’s the same kind.
    Stupid Walmart paint guy! I need to stick to Homedepot.

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    Jen
    September 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I meant what PAINT COLOR Did Savannah use? I see the number there, did it have a name?

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    Allison
    September 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    This is so funny! I just finished (about three weeks ago) painting my daughters bathroom. We did a very similar grey on the cabinets with glass knobs (mine are turquoise instead of pink) and that exact same pink target rug! For the shower curtain, we did a turquoise floral one from target and added gray ruffles to the bottom of it to lengthen it. I guess great minds think alike! Oh, and I have yet to decorate the room so I’ll definitely use your as an inspiration. Thanks!

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    Hollie - TheSevenYearCottage
    October 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    The bathroom looks great!

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    I'm Busy Procrastinating
    October 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    The vanity looks so much better in gray, and the crystal knobs are perfect!

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    Katie
    October 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    OH WOW! That turned out wonderful. I so need to do this!!!!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Jess
    October 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I do love, love that grey color! I’ve been contemplating painting my bathroom cabinets & I think you just found my color for me. 🙂

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    Jenny @ Simcoe Street
    October 30, 2011 at 2:41 am

    I am dying to paint my bathroom cabinet. Love this!

    Jenny
    http://www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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    Kara Panfil
    March 13, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    What type of sealer would you suggest for this?

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    Tiles
    October 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Lovely idea! just with a little bit of painting we can change the hole design! I’ve painted my bathroom tiles, and also changed the toilet and the faucets, and the results had been amazing, like a completely new bathroom.

    laice

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