A bathroom vanity can be painted just like any other piece of furniture. Let me share some details how this cabinet was painted.


This vanity was moved out of the garage where it was stored to a small room that was set up ready to paint in. Using a screw driver, the 4 door pulls were removed and put into a plastic bag with the screws to keep them from being lost till the work was done. The cabinet exterior was wiped down with warm soapy water and a sponge, then dried. The inside of the cabinet was not getting painted but did need a cleaning from sitting in the dusty garage. 


  1. The first coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was applied in Old White with a brush. When painting over a dark surface with a light color, the first coat usually looks terrible. To help achieve a smoother finish, brush in the direction of the grain.

The top of this vanity was made from a beautiful piece of stone. Stone can be added to any refurbished cabinet you  might want to use for a new vanity. Many old dressers have been converted using stone tops.


With each layer of paint you will start to get a sense of what you want for your finished look. This vanity took 2 complete coats and a few touch ups.

Once the paint was all dry, the edges and details were distressed by hand with a 220 grit sand paper. For some tips on distressing with sand paper check here:



The vanity was finally finished with a layer of Annie Sloan clear wax. When waxing work in smaller manageable sections and make sure to always remove the excess wax before buffing. For a short video on waxing check here:

Time to find that bag of screws and hardware and install them back on each door.


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