Main Bathroom Redo - Updating a Dated Vanity

I've been working on the vanity in my bathroom redo project. I'm going to show you how you can update a dated vanity with just a little paint!

Bathroom vanity makeover

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Here is what my bathroom vanity looked like before this makeover, hideous right?!

We are going to remove the doors to the vanity, add a shelf, paint it, and add a few fun details!

First, remove the doors and use wood filler to fill the holes left from the hinges. I had put down the contact paper when I moved in because I just couldn't stand it the way it was! So, I decided to leave it, I like it 😊

Paint the vanity in your chosen color. I painted mine the same light grey as the Repurposed Medicine Cabinet Shelf I made. Doesn't it look so much better already?!

Decide where you want to add a shelf and measure inside the cabinet to get the dimensions you'll need. Make sure you use sturdy wood and cut your new shelf. (If you need to purchase wood for this project many home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe's will cut it for you for free! I take advantage of that whenever I can even though I have a saw!).

I used some scrap wood left over from my Laundry Folding Table project to make the shelf for my vanity.

Hang the shelf with the shelf bracket pins. To use these you just drill holes into the cabinet, insert the pins and set your shelf on top of them! Make sure to drill the holes the same size as the pins so it is a tight fit. This will keep them from falling out creating an unstable shelf.

You may need to cut your shelf to fit around the pipes under your sink. I was so shocked that I actually got it perfect the very first cut! (Patting myself on the back now)!

My vanity also has the toilet paper roll on the side that I wanted to paint.

 I used Rust-Oleum Hammered Metal spray paint in dark bronze.

Attach the bar style cabinet pull to the front to use as a towel bar. My vanity has a fake drawer front where I attached the pull.

I used vintage locker baskets for the bottom shelf. You can find similar baskets on Etsy!

Finish off the front of the shelf with the rope wood trim and paint it to match. Attach this with wood glue.

Just to keep things in perspective here... let's see how this room looked when I bought the house back in September.


I'm loving how this vanity project turned out!