My Bathroom Makeover [Part 5]: Painting the Vanity

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This vanity has been the biggest job in this overhaul by far. I really loved the original vanity, but it had so much paint on it, I knew it would need a LOT of tender loving care. I have spent hours working on it, and I’m so pleased with the result.

First, I used Citristrip to get all the layers of thick paint off. I’ll share a couple more photos that I didn’t include in my original post about the stripping process:

And a couple of how it looked after I got all that gunk off:

Next, I primed everything with a thin coat of super-adherent primer sealer. I included the priming step on my cupboard door in my previous post. It looked so fresh and clean after this step.

Then it was time to get painting. I used this metallic silver chalk paint by Folk Art. I had to mix it really well, but the colour was beautiful.

I did two thin coats of the chalk paint, then went over it with a flashlight and a small brush to make sure everything was covered evenly.

Next, I used this amazing stuff. It’s called Unicorn Spit, and it’s unreal. It smells like jasmine, you only need a tiny bit, and if you screw up it wipes right off. I painted it on all the detail work as a glaze, then wiped it down with a rag to get this look:

I love how it brings out all the intricate details in the carvings. It makes it look just gorgeous. I also love how simple it is to use.

For the drawers, I stencilled the sides with black acrylic paint and a sponge. It was really time consuming but I love how it turned out!

The Unicorn Spit is water-based so it needs to be sealed with an oil based sealer. Otherwise, it will reactivate and ruin all your work. I sprayed the drawers and door with three coats of Tremclad Clear Gloss Rust Paint, letting each coat dry overnight. I bought it at Walmart, and I couldn’t find it on Amazon to include a link, so I’ll share a picture of the can.

The base of the vanity was a little harder to seal. I had some flooring leftover from my kitchen reno, so I had my contractor install it in my bathroom. Obviously I didn’t want to ruin it, because look how pretty it is:

I had to protect the flooring (and the walls). So…. here’s what I came up with:

Good thing I have my respirator that I used for painting with the epoxy enamel. It was a bit funny to crawl in and out of this little plastic and cardboard nook, but it worked so well! Three coats of the clear gloss, and the walls and floor are clean!

I painted the hinges with two coats of black spray paint and one coat of clear gloss. I wasn’t too worried about it looking perfect because only a little bit of the hinges show.

Then I attached the cupboard door and put the drawers back in.

I didn’t totally love it. There was something a little bit off about it, so I decided to add some black paint to it. I used the paint I have on the ceiling to paint the edges of the drawers and door as well as some of the base of the vanity like this:

Then I put the drawers in, attached the door, and….

I love it! The black really adds some dimension to the whole thing and I’m so happy with how it looks.

Here are some more pictures of the finished paint job:

All I have left to do is screw the knobs on and put the sink back together. I can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like.

I have to get new screws for the knobs because the ones I have are too long. I’ll give you a little sneak peek of what they look like:

Sooooo sparkly. Get them here. Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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