I posted about our hall bathroom makeover a few weeks ago and promised to share how we spray painted our vanity! The vanity was a cream color with gold/brown glitter. Though it was all the rage when the house was built in the 70’s, I was not a fan. I’d seen a lot of pins on Pinterest of people spray painting their vanities and countertops, so I decided to try it to save some money. Here was my experience.
I began by using sander deglosser to take the shine off, then lightly hand sanded. I tapped off the vanity with newspaper to keep spray paint off the surrounding surfaces.
Since the spray paint was grainy, it took quite a few coats. I ended up doing 7 coats of spray paint. Here’s a little progression between coats:
Then I tried sealed it with poly.
After a coat of poly, I realized I had a problem. As I said, the spray paint I chose was very grainy. The surface turned out bumpy, almost like sandpaper. I thought that the poly would help smooth it out, but it did not. At this point I had to stop and sand down the surface, which was difficult in the bowl of the sink and the corners. Once it was smooth, I sealed it with 3 coats of poly.
If I did it again, I would use a different spray paint. I would have chosen a solid color that did not have texture to it. The spray paint I chose was more expensive and harder to work with than normal spray paint. But I am very happy with how my vanity turned out. This project cost about $70 for spray paint and poly – much cheaper than a whole new vanity! It’s definitely a great option for an inexpensive update to your ugly vanity.