Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Bathroom Makeover Part 2: Painting your Vanity, Painting Hardware, and DIY Moulding.

If you have a builder grade vanity in your bathroom, this post is for you.

It's extremely easy to add moulding.
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You'll need to buy little itty bitty moulding from the "baseboard" section at Home Depot, or wherever you go normally. They have a few different styles, but I had this 1 inch moulding leftover from a previous project, and I was able to use every last inch of it in this project.

I suggest measuring about one inch away from all sides of the edges of your drawers. By doing so, everything is even and looks good by default. See that little yellow thing on top of the vanity? You'll need a level to make sure the top is straight. It's easy to add the other pieces when you are 100% certain that the top piece is good to go.
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If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a miter saw, get your hands on a miter saw. They are sooo much fun. We had a guy putting in our new door for a day, and I took full advantage. If you don't have access, you can always buy a miter box. They are sort of sucky, but they get the job done.

Once cut, you can pop on that moulding with my favorite little glue combo (E6000 and Gorilla Super Glue). I dotted the backs of the moulding with each glue. It's super strong and not going anywhere. image (3)

I used regular scotch tape to hold the moulding on until it set. I didn't even take the door/drawers off. That's how easy this is.image (2)

Once the glue was dry, I caulked around the sides just using my finger to smooth out the edges. I use Eco-Bond. I like to be environmentally friendly to my fingers. image (5)

Then I started painting! I chose Benjamin Moore's Dior Gray in oil based high gloss enamel finish. It takes about 24 hours to dry, but is well worth the wait. I got my color inspiration from a picture featured on Design Manifest. It's a great blog run by Naomi, and she's right here on the Main Line. Let's get coffee girlfriend!image (7)

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The hardware was silver and needed to be brass. So I spray painted it with one coat primer, and one coat metallic gold.
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Both spray paints are Rust-Oleum. I think it is the absolute best. image

I ran into a wee little problem with the hardware. I really wanted hardware in the center of the moulding, and on the "faux drawer"... but no holes in the faux drawer, and the holes were not centered in between the moulding. 2014-01-07 10.18.14

Easy fix! Same glue situation as the moulding. 2014-01-07 10.12.39

Just little dots.
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Pretty little dots.
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Tape it bam bam bam.
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While that's drying, would you like to see our new faucet? Isn't it lovely? Did you know that you cannot have a new faucet installed with frozen pipes? Let's just pretend. 2014-01-07 10.29.00

While I'm at it, I'm a big fan of a little happy clutter on the vanity. I think it makes the bathroom more warm, homey, and inviting.
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OK! It's dry. Ready?
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My goodness what a difference this makes for us. We are so happy with it - and so far this makeover has only cost us about $80.

What do you guys think so far? I'd love to hear your thoughts! 
Stay tuned for more... Tomorrow: DIY roman shade & FULL REVEAL!


  1. Fantastic! What a difference!

  2. That is awesome! I want to try! Hmmm..I wonder if I can handle a saw like that.

    LOVE the faucet! LOL!

  3. The vanities framed in colonial or Victorian styled wood can add the right touch of classic quaintness to your bathroom. Bathroom vanities

  4. This makeover is the bomb! Love it!

  5. Painting the flooring is a new trend that lots of people are following now. It really gives an attractive look to the flooring. After the flooring, there are lots more to replace and settle down with something new. The complete makeover includes changing the overall modeling and give them a new look totally. For a great remodeling idea, a better option is to take the help of professionals. Here is the reference of a renovation professional: Remodel bathroom San Marcos, CA. It's really great that you're doing it by own. I appreciate.