Main Bathroom Redo - Updating a Dated Vanity

29 March
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!


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  1. Wow, you are really working wonders in your bathroom Tania! Your vanity turned out beautiful. I love the baskets. :) Julie

  2. You did a fantastic job! what a difference. Definitely give yourself a pat (or two) on the back. Well done!

  3. It is looking awesome Tania! I am loving the color scheme! One day I hope to find some of those old locker baskets. I love the look of them. Have a great day!

  4. What a huge improvement! I LOVE the colors.

    You know, I never thought of spray painting the TP holder or the door knobs. I'll have to remember that.

    I was going to suggest stenciling something on the front of the vanity, but the towel holder was a good idea too.

    We were at an antique mall yesterday and I thought of you because there was one booth that was fixed up super cute. They had made walls using wood and strung chicken wire where the plasterboard would usually go. It looked so cool. And then they hung things off the chicken wire. It was an awesome look!

  5. Wow! What a beautiful transformation! Beautiful job!

  6. You made that crappy old blue sink into a show stopper! Great ideas and beautiful execution!!

  7. It looks soooo much better than it started! The little towel bar is perfect. The cabinet handle worked great and is just the right size.

  8. You deserve a pat on the back! I love how you're working with that blue sink!

  9. I love it. You do need to be very proud of yourself. 8-)

  10. What a great job and I love the wall color too!i would love for you to,stop by my blog and join our Something to Talk About link party that starts every Monday :)

  11. Wow! Holy cow! What a transformation Tania. Love the new style and how you made it all come together. Definitely you deserve a pat on the back for that cut out around the pipe. Very impressive. Can't believe you didn't keep that stunning medicine cabinet above the sink. The mismatched doors really set it off. :)

  12. wow tania, what a transformation from a dated look to the super gorgeous and charming space!! and i LOVE your craft room too!! <3

  13. Great job! Great Colors! Wonderful job! Thanks for joining the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

  14. It looks great and I love the color of the sink!



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