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Friday, March 4, 2011

Cheater Vanity Makeover

The kids' bathroom: not the most glamorous room in any house, and nearly last on our list of remodel projects.  Just for fun, and because I had the paint already, I decided to paint over the old wood vanity bottom.  Unfortunately, no hope exists for this counter top until we tear the whole thing out some day.

And, since I know it will actually happen some day, I wasn't too careful about doing things exactly the right way *gasp*

Right way:  Remove door.
Cheater way:  Leave it on and only paint the parts that are going to be visible.

Right way: Remove toilet 
paper holder.
Cheater way: I tried, I really did, but the screws were rusted out and the screwdriver just couldn't grab them
(and they're about 3 inches long sticking into the inside of the cabinet!) so it wasn't worth it.  So I taped around it, painted carefully around the corners, and scraped off the little bit of extra paint with my fingernails at the end.

Right way: Use a tack cloth to remove dust after sanding.
Cheater way:  All my tack cloths have lost their tack, so I used a damp microfiber cloth.

Right way:  Put a drop cloth down on the floor.
Cheater way:  We all know the vinyl won't be staying either, so who's to say that the little glob of white paint wasn't there to begin with? (or just wipe it really fast with water and TP)

So, now that I've explained my "process", here are some pictures.

Lightly sanded with a palm sander and taped.

Primed (notice the package of toilet paper peeking through--that's keeping the door from closing all the way)

And here it is all painted.  It took 2 coats, and I used Behr Parchment Paper in high gloss.  Like the change?                                     

Linked up to

Thrifty Decor Chick Before and After Party
Elements Interiors 
Between Naps on the Front Porch



  1. That looks great! I think you and I have the same mind-set about the "right way" and the "let's just get this done already!" way. :)

  2. That turned out great! I like to "cheat" too :) When I start a project I want to finish it & move on!

  3. I'm totally with you on doing things the "cheater" way!

    Have you considered something like this for those counters? http://www.creativekristi.com/2010/02/painting-laminate-countertops-part-two.html

  4. Hey, that looks great...even makes that countertop look better. =)

  5. Good job! Brightens up the space for sure. And I'm all about cheater ways to do things :) especially when you just want a quick change! Thanks for visiting my blog today! Hope I gave you some ideas for your laundry room :)

  6. This made me laugh! I am SOOOOO the cheater gal too. I mean really, who needs a drop cloth or blue tape with you have finger nails and a quick hand. LOVE IT! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  7. I LOVE this! Its FAB!!! Come on 'ova and share this at my Linky Par-Tay!



  8. It is amazing what a bit of paint can do. I love the change!

  9. Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

    Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara


  10. Love it! I need to get working on MY bathroom now!:)

  11. hi, good job. i know this is a much older post, and maybe you have had your bathroom remodel...but they do sell counter-top paint!