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Updating a Vanity

This DIY Basic will provide tips on updating a vanity.

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Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

degreasing cleanser
wet-dry sandpaper
fine sandpaper
caulking gun and waterproof caulk
edging paintbrush
2- or 3-inch paintbrush
painter's tape
drop cloth
lint-free rags
laundry dryer cloths
interior primer
satin or semi-gloss interior paint

Clean the Vanity

With a new coat of paint and new hardware, your outdated vanity can look like new. Satin or semi-gloss paint is easier to clean and more durable than flat paint. For drama, paint vanity a higher gloss than walls.

Start by removing doors, drawers and hardware.

Scrub vanity with degreasing cleanser, and lightly rough up vanity with sandpaper.

Tip: Scrubbing surfaces with wet-dry sandpaper will degrease and rough up at same time.

Tape the Edges and Apply Primer

Tape all edges. Prime all surfaces, including insides of doors.

Tip: To make doors easier to paint, line tub with newspapers and prop doors inside, or insert screw eye in tops and hang from shower rod or towel rack with S hooks.

Fill gaps with waterproof caulk.

Apply Paint and Finish the Update

Apply paint in thin, even coats. When first coat is completely dry, sand with fine sandpaper.

Wipe away dust with lint-free rags or fabric softener dryer sheets.

Apply second coat of paint.

Re-hang doors and re-install drawers and new hardware. To complete makeover, paint medicine cabinet or mirror in same or companion color.