The Best Way to Paint a Bathroom Vanity

If you don’t want to spend a ton of time and money to renovate your your bathroom, a painted vanity and mirror frame can make a big difference!

I have painted every room in my home, painted my kitchen cabinets, several pieces of furniture, and more.

So, I decided to paint my bathroom vanity for a quick update instead of removing it.

I explain how to paint a vanity and how to build a simple mirror frame to match.

Read on to see how to paint a vanity – the proper way, so your painted vanity will last!

Prepping to Paint the Vanity

First remove all hardware, cabinet bumpers, cabinets doors, and drawers from the vanity.

Then wipe down the vanity with a damp soapy sponge and wipe again with a rag to dry.

Once the cabinets are completely dry, you can begin painting the cabinets.

I painted the cabinets in my basement on a large drop cloth.

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Here is before I painted my vanity

Painted Vanity Checklist

Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel Paint– I had this paint tinted at the paint counter in Complex Gray Behr paint.

This paint is perfect for painting cabinets especially in a bathroom because it can resist mildew and moisture.

The semi- gloss finish adds a light shine that is easily wipeable.

This can be found at Home Depot in the paint area or on Amazon.

I used a quart of the color Complex Gray by Behr to paint my vanity.

Below is a picture of what the paint can looks like, so you can easily locate it in the store.

High Density Foam Rollers for Smooth Surfaces

I recommend using smooth rollers so you do not get any unwanted texture on your cabinets.

Below are the rollers that I used from Home Depot. Don’t forget to purchase a paint roller frame that will fit, if you do not already have one.

Brush for Semi-Gloss and Enamel Paints

I use angled Wooster brushes for every project in my house.

This angled Wooster brush for enamel paints left a nice smooth finish.

This brush is a little more than I typically spend on a brush, but you can use this brush multiple times if you wrap the brush.

Apply the paint with an angled brush into all areas that the roller cannot cover.

Then paint the entire surface with a high density foam roller and smooth out any brush strokes.

Prepping Your Bathroom Vanity for Painting

Begin by wiping down all surfaces of the vanity with a damp soapy sponge.

After the vanity has been properly cleaned, lightly sand all surfaces that are to be painted.

The sanding does not have to be down to the wood, just enough to roughen the surface so the paint sticks.

Then wipe down the vanity again to remove any dust from sanding.

Label Hardware

Remove and label vanity doors and drawers with a post it note, so you reinstall in the correct location when you are done painting.

Place any hardware in a plastic cup or bag, so you do not misplace these items.

How to Paint Your Bathroom Vanity

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Look how smooth the surface is after using the high density foam roller!

Applying the Second Coat of Paint

Wait at least a couple hours in between each coat.

I applied all paint to the front surface of the doors before flipping the doors.

The doors and drawers might feel dry to the touch, but they are not fully cured.

If you would rather not wait this long because you want to get this project done, I recommend painter’s pyramids. 

Painter pyramids prop up doors, so you can paint both sides of the door even if it is not dry.

Painted Vanity Top Coat

No Clear Coat is required – the paint and primer are all mixed in one to finish and seal the surface.

This paint is so durable!

I painted my bathroom cabinets 2 years ago, and they still look great!

If you prefer the extra protection, I recommend using a water-based polyurethane.

I was satisfied with the look of after 2 coats of paint, so I let them dry completely before putting them back on the vanity.

Once they were dried, I put them back on the vanity and replaced the hardware.

I was satisfied with the look of after 2 coats of paint, so I let them dry completely before putting them back on the vanity.

Once they were dried, I put them back on the vanity and replaced the hardware.

How to Fix Chipped Paint

My painted vanity recently chipped because I slammed the scale against the vanity by accident.

I am surprised that this is the only chip on my painted vanity because I painted it nearly 3 years ago!

To fix the chipped paint, watch the video in this post or read more about caring for painted cabinets and vanities here.

I decided to sand the small chip, so the paint would better adhere to this spot.

If you just have a tiny chip, you can probably skip painting and just lightly brush on paint.

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Before fixing the chip
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After fixing the chip

Cabinet Bumpers

After everything completely dried, replace cabinet bumpers on the back of the doors and drawers.

The cabinet bumpers allow your cabinets and drawers to close softer.

Hardware and Faucets

If you really want to take it up another notch, you could replace the hardware and faucets.

Below are some ideas to update your bathroom even further.

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After I painted vanity and framed the mirror
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Painted Bathroom Vanity in Behr Complex Gray

How to Reuse Paint Brushes!

To use the brush again, simply place the wet brush into an air tight plastic bag.

The brush can typically last up to a week in the bag, so the brush can be used multiple times for your project.

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DIY Mirror Frame in Bathroom

Now that you have a freshly painted vanity, you should make a DIY mirror frame to match!

Believe it or not, there’s a quick, easy, and affordable way to change the look of your bathroom, without replacing anything.

Instead, you’re adding something – a simple DIY mirror frame around your already existing mirror.

Most “builder’s grade” homes today come with one large mirror in some such area. It works as mirror should and I can see my reflection – great.

But it’s not the most attractive or decorative item, but it can be MUCH more appealing with a simple frame.

Mind you, a frame can be added for any mirror but in particular, I’m going to show you how I put a frame on my large, 58×42 inch, mirror.

Click here to see the rest of the instructions on how to add a frame to a bathroom mirror.

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Bathroom Mirror Frame

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  5. Wow, I’m having some work done at my house for the holidays and, to be honest with you I’m not happy with the paint job in my house. There is paint drip in some area and the rest of the house is pretty much the same.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that about the projects in your home. I have had bad luck when I paid someone to work on our house before too. I started figuring out how to do things myself because I realized no one cares more about my home than me. To fix some of the paint drips, you could try lightly sanding the area and repainting. I hope some of our posts can help you! Please let us know if you have any questions. -Lacey

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