DIY Bathroom Vanity Update…Continued

The unveiling of our DIY Bathroom Vanity Update | Frugal Family Home

Now for the unveiling of our new vanity! If you missed yesterday’s post about how this project started you can find it here. We have been wanting to get this bathroom vanity updated for a long time, almost 16 years so I’m so glad to have it completed.

Countertop installed on our DIY Bathroom Vanity Update | Frugal Family Home

Last time, I left off with the vanity granite countertop installed and the vanity itself primed. Here’s an up close look at the granite. I think it has some nice colors in it and all neutral. So it should coordinate with any changes I might make in the future.

An up close view of our new granite countertop, so much better than the old peach countertop | Frugal Family Home

I knew that painting the wood might be a little challenging. I wasn’t sure how it would look once it was done. If all the wood grain would be covered or if there would be brush marks or roller marks. But I’m happy to say it turned out great.

Here’s a few tips to painting bare wood that I learned

Tip #1 Use a good primer

I did learn a few tips along the way for painting a wooden surface though. I primed it well. We used a good primer that stuck really well to the wood. It also sticks to skin really well, yes it was really sticky!

The new granite countertop is a nice neutral color with a little green and black. | Frugal Family Home

Tip #2 Use a close nap roller or brush that is slightly damp

When applying the paint or primer use a close nap roller or brush. I chose to use a roller with a very short nap to apply most of the paint and cut in the sides and edges with a brush. I also learned that wetting the roller first, helped to apply a lighter coat of paint and primer. Which helps to combat drips and roller or brush marks.

We used an slightly off white paint so the white wouldn't be too bright | Frugal Family Home


Tip #3 Go in one direction with the paint strokes

The person at the paint store also gave me a tip, to only roll or brush in one direction, instead of back and forth like you would a wall. Which was a great tip, I wouldn’t have known to use that technique, if she hadn’t told me. It worked really well and there are no brush marks on the surface at all. The roller marks are almost nonexistent too.

We installed new pulls and hinges in a nice brushed nickel finish | Frugal Family Home


Tip #4 Do more than one coat and use the appropriate paint for the project

I was pleased that we could still see some of the wood grain showing through the paint. We didn’t want to get rid of all traces of the wood just the color. Having the wood grain showing through looks really nice.

I ended up adding two coats of primer and two coats of paint to get a nice even finish. We also used an acrylic paint that hardens like an oil based paint, to insure it would last a long time.

Since we have kids, we chose a semi gloss for the finish. I think gloss might have been better, but I’ve had trouble with gloss paints in the past so I avoided it for this project. At first, I thought I would go with a satin finish, but the lady at the paint store suggested the semi-gloss or gloss would hold up better.

The painted finish on the door with the new hinges | Frugal Family Home


Tip #5 The finishing touches really do make the project

To finish off the vanity, we added new brushed nickel hinges and pulls. We didn’t have pulls on the drawers or doors before. We thought adding them not only finished the look nicely, but would also protect the paint from fingernail nicks.

One part of our DIY bathroom remodel is done. Our next project is to tackle the floor and repair any damaged areas around the toilet.


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10 thoughts on “DIY Bathroom Vanity Update…Continued”

  1. Wow! Great job. I have the same granite counter top in my kitchen. We remodeled three years ago and I still love it! You are right, it is very neutral and goes with everything:)

    1. Thanks Theresa. We need to redo the kitchen counters too, after we recover from the bathroom remodel. 🙂 I do really like the granite counter top, I think we will go with it in the kitchen too.

  2. Shelly your vanity looks wonderful. You did a great job on the project. We need to update all 3 of our bathrooms and I’m so nervous to start tackling those. Thank you for the inspiration, I have one bathroom with a weird built in vanity, I think I am just going to refinish and replace the top like you did on this one. Can’t wait to see the rest.

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