Bathroom Vanity Makeover
One year ago I realized my main bathroom was in dire need of a makeover, especially the dated beige vanity. Budget was a major consideration so I set to work researching options for stylish, affordable updates.
This makeover was completed about one year ago and one of my favourite things is the updated vanity area.
Below is a before photo of the bathroom. Yes, it is very beige, even the sinks and floor tiles (not shown)
Question: why did I have such heavy (home made, of course) curtains in the bathroom? Notice those spray painted silver mirrors and the accessories cluttering the top of the awkward wall cabinet? So fancy!
Hey, it’s OK to mock my own decorating!
Step by Step Guide to the Bathroom Vanity Makeover
An easy way to update your old vanity is to paint it!
This vanity was in great shape and custom made for the space so there was no reason to change it. I love the centre bank of drawers in this vanity – my favourite type of bathroom storage. I have seen lovely heritage home bathrooms that use vintage inspired pedestal sinks, but I like LOTS of storage in a bathroom, particularly drawers.
My goal was to update the bathroom from boring, dated beige to classic and timeless white so I painted the vanity this colour:
Simply White is a great “go-to” white – halfway between an off-white and a true white.
To begin, I primed the cabinets. I used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer, a water-based primer that covers pretty well anything. Then two or three coats of Simply White Satin Finish Paint.
My favourite budget tip for updating your vanity is to use laminate. Yes, laminate! Laminate works particularly well in the bathroom because it is durable, moisture resistant and very inexpensive.
But it can’t be any old laminate. For an updated look ensure that it has a white background with barely there flecks of gray and beige in a matte finish. I used the Pionite AW141N – Matte Finish countertop. A piece 83 inches by 23 inches cost only $135.00.
My tip for making your laminate look updated is to make sure you use a matte finish and do NOT use the typical curved 3 inch backsplash at the back (where the counter top meets the wall).
I also think that a square edge provides a much more updated look than a curved edge as above.
The next best thing to a recessed or undermount sink (difficult to install in laminate) is a rectangular shaped sink. I chose the American Standard Town Square sink. My local Kent Building Supply store carries this model for $199.
I chose the medium-priced Taymor Dixon Faucet, (available at most big box hardware stores such as Home Depot) because of its classic square profile. I am pleased with how this solid-feeling faucet has held up. The attractive chrome finish is easy to shine with a damp cloth.
An easy and very affordable way to add character to your bathroom is to use wainscoting. Don’t worry about using it as a backsplash – just make sure you use a durable satin or semi-gloss paint finish. Home Depot sells these wainscoting panels for $21.00 each. Add a thick chair rail on top to finish them off. I also painted the wainscoting Simply White.
One of my favourite sources for knobs and handles is Lee Valley because they have a huge selection and are very reasonably priced. I used the Candler knobs and handles in a satin nickel finish. Shipping is also reasonable and very fast.
The mirrors were a DIY (of course!) project. I found very inexpensive, (OK cheap!) black framed mirrors at a local building store for about $20 each and simply painted them a pretty soft turquoise to add a pop of colour to my neutral but very fresh bathroom. I used one of my favourite turquoise paint colours.
This light and fresh aqua has just enough gray so that it is not too sweet. I simply love this colour and have used it on other furniture pieces, which will be featured in an upcoming post. Please stay tuned!
We have lived with this well-used bathroom vanity makeover for over one year. Would I change anything if I had to do it over? The answer is No, which is unusual for me. I still love it!