The office bathroom makeover has officially begun! Hip Hip Hooray!
Yes, it is awkward when I am the only one cheering…alone…in my house…with my arms in the air…thanks.
But seriously – I could not wait another second to get the vanity outta the bathroom and get to work. I knew that the trim…the chocolate brown trim…would take a little time to paint. Three to four coats in white = lots naps. And because I usually need a little instant-gratification when starting a project, I thought that the trim could wait while I slapped some paint on the vanity.
Remember the vanity? Yeah. Builder grade basic boring stuff. Jer removed it for me by unscrewing the pipes (obviously we turned off the water first – duh – like we would ever forget that – no never – at least not after we did it the first time) and the countertop simply came off…because it was just laying on top. unscrewed. and unglued. (enter dirty joke here about laying on top unscrewed and unglued – there are too many to count)
ANYHOO…the plan was to spice up the vanity with a little color. I am not skeered of painting me a vanity a bold color (I did it once already in this house – remember?) so this time around I picked a hue that would be a little more feminine and a lot more fun.
Some folks asked if the plan was to wash it with the color instead of making it more matte – the answer to that is no.
Well, the vanity had some issues. First, there was the issue of the toilet paper holder…that we were planning to remove and then patch the holes. When you add a little filler to holes and sand them down, a wash would still allow peeps sitting on the loo to see the fix. And then there was the issue of “the door circle”. As you can see in the picture below, the left hand door has a weird circle. It’s like the wood was patched at some point in manufacturing. I just hope that Napolean got this baby at a discount.
So with our errors – a wash was out and a more solid color was in. Of course, I knew that with only a few coats some of the grain would still show…fine by me of course…so it wouldn’t look like a solid piece from like Ikea or something like that but definitely more like painted wood.
After removing the tp holder, I filled the holes and waited for them to dry before sanding. I also wiped down the entire piece with a damp cloth. Here’s where I get all info-tastic on ya….
Since I planned on using spray primer (oil based spray primer that claims it will stick to anything) I did not sand the entire piece. If you are scared of painting a piece and believe your existing finish is too slick – it doesn’t hurt to sand. If you use a waterbased primer & paint in one – I would sand. I ALWAYS sand the tops of pieces…just simply because that is what gets the most ‘touches’…but since this piece had a countertop that was removed, it was an extra step I felt unnecessary 🙂
I taped off the hinges and the inside lip – just in case…
And used spray primer.
Here’s Will managing the assessment of the piece after it had dried. And why yes, that is his official outfit for managing and assessing 🙂
I love spray primer. Let me just tell you how much I love it. It’s borderline an obsession. I have been known to skip dinner just to drive out to get more. A dinner with bacon! And it cuts down on the commitment. Sure it costs more but it is totally worth it. Because frankly, sometimes I don’t want to even start painting something just simply because the primer stage takes way too long. And the clean up on an oil based primer or shellac based primer takes a long time too. My time is precious to me as I am sure yours is too. Yet another reason why I love spray primer. I wish I could spray prime the bathroom and the office…hey…that’s an idea 🙂
I ended up choosing Park Place by Allen & Roth for the paint color. I purchased one of the little $3 pots from Lowe’s (gift card in hand since they are the ones making this reno possible!) and used about half.
This is my favorite brush for furniture painting. It’s a 2 inch angled short handled brush from Purdy. You must own one of these if you are painting anything…ever. It’s worth every cent.
Two coats later, we have a very muted turquoise vanity. Fist bump me!
I carried it inside to see how it would look with the vanity top…very classy indeed. I’ll talk Jer into removing that faucet asap 🙂 But so far – we are moving right along.
Sooo….what have you guys been up to lately? Any more projects? Any weekend house progress? Any turquoise lovahs? Anybody making their vanities a little fairer? Spill. Not the paint…the news 🙂