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I’ve been wanting to paint my bathroom vanity for quite a while and I’m so happy I finally got it done! This was a super easy, super fast make-over… well, if I didn’t have three kids and if I hadn’t waited until right before Thanksgiving to do it!
Altogether it took me less than 3 hours of actual labor, BUT it was drawn out into almost two weeks! If you have an afternoon with no distractions, you could easily do this project from start to finish!
I actually painted the mirror almost a year ago and I really wasn’t a huge fan, so I waited to do the vanity because I wasn’t sure I wanted to paint it the same color… I finally went for it and I’m really happy with the results!
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If you’ve never used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to re-finish furniture, you’re missing out! Although I’ve used several different kinds of furniture paint in my Furniture Flipping endeavors, Annie Sloan still remains my favorite! Minimal prep, no sanding, just clean and paint! Plus it’s non-toxic, which I love!
Here’s a look at my vanity before the make-over… it’s really a nice vanity, just too dark for my taste! Notice the mirror…
So, as I mentioned above, very little prep is required when using Annie Sloan Paint, I simply removed the hardware, and cleaned really well in all the nooks and crannies.
Next I taped up the walls around the vanity to keep from painting on them.
Got my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and my paint brush and I was ready to go in less than 20 minutes!
Here’s what it looked like after the first coat was dry…
I let the paint dry for approximately 20-30 minutes, just so it’s dry to the touch before applying my second coat. I don’t apply heavy coats and the paint dries pretty quickly in inside temperatures, plus my bathroom is warm so it dried faster!
On to the second coat! I always add about a teaspoon of water to my paint for my second coat, it helps it glide on easier… just my thing, definitely not a necessity!
So, normally I’d only apply two coats, but with my vanity being so dark I felt it needed a super fast “half third coat”, meaning I didn’t apply a full third coat, just in certain areas where I still noticed darkness popping through.
Meanwhile I spray painted my hardware with Rust-Oleum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze which is a super nice color, by the way!
I forgot to take pictures of my waxing process for some reason, but after the paint dried I applied Clear Wax and immediately followed with Dark Wax to give that aged effect and tone down the brightness!
I use this Annie Sloan wax brush to apply my wax, but blue shop towels will work if you don’t have one! I also smooth out my Dark Wax using this Steel Wool, I find it works amazing to smooth out the Dark Wax and make it blend really well, it also removes extra Dark Wax that you may find unappealing! ( If you have questions about this technique, feel free to comment or send me a message!)
Here is my gorgeous vanity now and I absolutely love it! It has brightened up my bathroom so much and all the details of the vanity are now visible, as opposed to before!
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- Painters Tape
- Paint Brush, I like this one , I also love my Annie Sloan Paint Brush, it’s great if you paint a lot of different pieces on a regular basis, it also helps the paint go further.
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Old White
- Clear Wax and Dark Wax
- Wax Brush or Blue Shop Towels
- 0000 Steel Wool
- Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint
I’d love to hear from you, what have you painted in your house? Feel free to share your work below!