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Painting is one of the easiest and most economical ways to renew a space, especially in the bathroom. Maybe your vanity needs some perking up, or you are dreaming of a new colour scheme in your bathroom. You can quickly get impressive results without having to replace your vanity.
Bathroom vanities are an excellent project for the novice painter because they are usually not too large and can be completed in a weekend or two. At the same time, you’ll learn all the prep and painting skills you’ll need for future bigger home improvement projects. And most importantly, you will be able to give your bathroom a new look in a few days.
With every paint job, the surest path to a great result is to do a thorough prep job before you even think of dipping your brush into the paint.
Supplies you will need:
Prep: Drop cloths, rubber gloves, protective eyewear, mask if using toxic cleaner, painter’s tape, sandpaper, tack cloth, bucket, TSP or substitute, sponge, screwdriver or drill, wood filler, wood putty, putty knife, pencil
Priming and Painting: Paint tray, paint roller, paintbrush, paint primer, paint, new knobs and pulls (optional)
*Note: TSP or Trisodium phosphate can irritate skin so always wear rubber gloves when cleaning with it. Check if TSP is permitted in your municipality before using it. You may need to purchase a substitute for TSP.
If your vanity has been painted before:
Caution: If your vanity was painted before 1978, check for lead with a lead tester kit before removing the paint. If it contains lead, you can safely remove the paint with a Zero VOC paint stripper, laminated paper, a cheap brush and a scrub pad. Protect yourself with a mask and gloves and work in a ventilated area.
The objective in this stage is to make sure your vanity’s surfaces are clean, dry and dull for the best paint adhesion possible.
Choosing the paint colour for your vanity is the fun part! The type of paint you choose will be dependent on the ventilation and moisture level in your bathroom.
When you have given your final coat of paint enough time to dry, it’s time to gently remove the tape. Now you are ready to put the doors and drawers back in place.
Now step back and admire your “new” vanity!
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