Today, I want to share with you what some fresh paint can do to your drab cabinets! My hubby and I are in the process of renovating our builder-grade master bathroom, and since we’re on a tight budget, we’re doing most of it ourselves. (Update: To see our farmhouse-styled master bathroom renovation with lots of before and after pics, click here!)
The first thing on our agenda was to search Craigslist for a newer and bigger vanity than our current builder-grade cabinet box. After patiently searching (which was hard to do for this girl!), we finally found the one we wanted — a 72-inch brand new vanity, complete with cane in the middle drawer fronts and a carrera marble countertop with two sinks! The only problem was that the vanity was mahogany, and that was NOT the look we were going for. So, the simple fix? Chalk paint, of course! (If you’d like to learn more about chalk paint, check out this post on another project I’ve completed using this amazing type of paint.)
So, here’s a “before” picture of our new vanity minus the legs, which you’ll see in a moment…
Here’s what I used:
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite
- Painter’s tray
- Disposable painter’s tray (because who has time to wash those trays?!)
- 4″ roller and sponge (use the “best” option so that there’s no lint left on your freshly-painted furniture)
- Painter’s drop cloth or old towels
- Wax (I used and recommend Americana Creme Wax.)
- Disposable foam brush
- Round wax brush (Again, I used and recommend the Americana brand.)
- Some fun music to help you enjoy the process 🙂
First, pick out your booty-shakin music (yes, that’s a thing — ha!), and prep your surface. Lay down the drop cloth. Also, make sure all the doors are off the hinges. Place all your hardware in a handy sandwich bag, so that when you’re ready to put everything back into place, you’ll easily find it!
Next, have all your supplies on hand, and thoroughly mix or shake your paint before pouring any into your painter’s tray.
On a quick sidenote, I’d like to point out this cool contraption that the hubs built for me, so that the vanity legs could easily be painted. He is so smart! 🙂
So, here’s the before…
And here’s the after…
Love it! This invention helped me to quickly and easily paint those curvy legs! Ha! Thanks honey! 🙂
Third, while you’re shakin’ it to your fun music and singing your heart out, start painting away.
Below is a comparison of what the second layer of paint looked like, once applied. (I did have to apply about 3 coats to the cane drawer fronts because of all the little grooves.)
After the paint application was completely to my liking, I painted on several coats of the wax, using a round brush specifically for wax.
The picture below shows what it looked like after a coat or two of the wax, once it was applied.
And here’s how it looked, once it was almost dry. See that white-looking paint around the edges? I promise, it will dry clear.
Once the wax is completely dry, you are now ready to replace your knobs and legs!
Check out the pic below to see the “after” of our vanity project. If you’d like to read all about our farmhouse-style, master bathroom makeover, please click this link here. 😉
So, that’s it! What do you think about our vanity transformation? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below, or stop by and say hey on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, HomeTalk and Facebook. It always makes my day to hear from my sweet readers!
A special thanks to Americana for providing the wax and round brush!
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