How To Paint A Bathroom Vanity

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If you're vanity is in good shape, but needs to be updated then painting it is simple, easy and can be done in a day. Watch as Annie, Ace's Paint Expert, shows you how to paint a bathroom vanity.


Choosing a Paint

There are lots of great paints with primers mixed in. For this project, however, it will be best to use a separate primer first, before going in with the paint. Using a water based primer with a sealant will hold up well to all the moisture common in bathrooms.


  1. Take your time and prep your surface before prepping. This is important so the paint sticks and reduces chips and wear. Clean the surface with soap and water.
  2. Remove the hardware so they do not get paint of them during the process.
  3. Sand the surface of the cabinets so the paint can adhere easier. Remove the gloss and rough up the surface until it has a dull finish.
  4. Wipe down the surface with a cloth to get rid of any dust left over from sanding.
  5. Apply painters tape on the walls, counter, floor... really anywhere where the vanity touches that you wouldn't want to paint.
    • Make sure to press on the tape evenly, and follow up with a wet rag to lock in the tape.
  6. Apply primer with an angled brush and a small foam roller.
  7. Let the primer dry for an hour.
  8. Sand the vanity again, to keep the surface as smooth and flat as possible. This eliminates left over brush marks or splatter.
  9. Start painting with the beautiful color you chose.
    • Start by trimming the edges, then make your way through the detail work
    • Finish painting with a roller to catch any drips that might have happened.
  10. Let the paint dry for 2 hours, and then come back and give it a second coat.
  11. Remove the painters tape when the paint is almost dry.
Paint will be dry to the touch an hour after you finish, but won't be fully cured for 7 days. Wait to add hardware back until after a week.
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Published on 1/19/2023

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