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Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Updating a Bathroom Vanity – Part III Master Bath Makeover

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Welcome to part III of our master bathroom update on updating a bathroom vanity.  Yesterday, we shared how we installed our Board and Batten Wainscoting (featured on Bob Vila Nation), and our master bathroom storage we build in the first two parts of the master bathroom makeover.

Today, my post is about the updating a bathroom vanity, that was builder grade, with a splash of color.  I never liked the lighter cabinetry when we purchased our Villa, and I knew I would be updating a bathroom vanity as soon as I could with paint – there is nothing more dull then a vanity you dislike!  So let’s get started on making this dull vanity shine. 🙂

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Here’s what you will need for updating a bathroom vanity, which can be purchased from Lowe’s and The Home Depot :

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Here’s the process Hello I Live Here used:

First, we cleaned down the vanity and let dry. Next, we removed the hardware, doors, drawers and false fronts.  Make sure you use painters tape to keep your walls clean if your vanity touches them.)  Then, I used liquid sand and let dry. (Our vanity had a clear finish, using liquid sand before I painted, helped to adhere the primer/paint.)

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Once dry we applied our primer to both sides of the doors, drawer fronts/false panels, and the frame.  We lightly sanded in between the primer and paint color.  Using a tact cloth we removed the excess sand dust and put added the paint color to the vanity.  Once dry repeat a second coat.  After the drying process (the next day) I added two coats of quick dry polyurethane for protection.

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Finish the project by reattaching the doors, drawers/false fronts, and adding your new hardware.

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Your project is now ready for you to enjoy!

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

I love painting pieces, but the most important thing on a bathroom vanity is to take your time and prep the vanity properly to make sure you don’t have to redo the piece.  I hope you enjoyed Part III of our Bathroom makeover series.  I will be back tomorrow to show you what we do to update the vanity top and mirror/lighting in Part IV.

Have a great night everyone!!

Linda

Board and Batten Wainscoting

Board and Batten Wainscoting

Board and batten wainscoting for your bathroom

Are you a board and Batten fan?  Today’s post is picking up on part II of the Master bathroom Redo.  You remember our post on master bath storage when we built the in between stud cabinet?  Well, that one cabinet started what my husband refers to as the ripple effect – Every time I use this awesome cabinet, I felt like something was missing.  This cabinet gave our bathroom the start of a cottage like feel, so the next thing we did was a logical choice, we installed Board and Batten Wainscoting of course!

Master Bath Storage Post

It was a fun project but took a little time, about a week or so to plan.  After the cabinet build I changed the wall color to Valspar’s paint color “Shaken Not Stirred” (very James Bond I know) purchased from Lowe’s.  Once this grey color hit the wall, that cottage feel was a little stronger.  So for over a week, I would walk in and stand there thinking what do I install next? Then this little room gave me the answer, and that’s when I ran to Home Depot and purchased my next project – Board and Batten Wainscoting.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

This one tiny change opened up this small room, and I love the effect, and if you try it in your bathrooms I know you will love it too.  It’s very easy, but time consuming due to the cuts.  Here’s how we installed our Board and Batten Wainscoting:

1. First I removed all the baseboards, and then prepped/primed/painted the wall.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

2. After the paint dried, I trimmed out the bottom of the wall with 1x4x12.  I cut all the pieces to match on a 45 degree angle on an inside and outside corner method.  I attached to the foot of the wall using caulking that lined the top, bottom and sides, then nailed to the wall with my Ryobi nail gun and 2” nails.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

(Note: use the caulking on the back of the Board and Batten Wainscoting to make sure you get a tight seal – because it’s in a bathroom you don’t want any moisture creating any problems of mold build up behind the board).

3. Next, I cut two 1x2x8’s in half giving me 4” vertical pieces.  Nailing to wall after adding my Caulking as I did above.  I started with the corners and measured my board spacing each one 10 ½” apart.  Then I finished adding the vertical boards creating my board and batten wainscoting.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

4. Then, I moved on to the top of the vertical pieces using 1x3x12 on a 45 degree angles.  Using a 1x2x12 as a cap piece I turned this piece to give that finished picture rail look.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

5. To finish the look of the Board and Batten Wainscoting, I caulked all the cracks, covered the nail holes, and let cure overnight.  The following day, I finished adding the last coat of bright white paint.  Because I used pre-primed boards, I did not have to prime.  I simply added my bright white paint and let it dry for the pristine appearance.  Just a side note, I love bright white paint, so I have Porter paints mix my white, adding three drops of black paint.  This one little technique brightens the white and you can tell where your white paint stops and starts.  What do you think of the Board and Batten Wainscoting look?

Board and Batten Wainscoting

I want to thank you all who participated with the paint colors and red pop choices through our Facebook and Hometalk discussions.  As you can see I value your input in my design.  I am glad you follow our blog and are so active with helping.  But most of all I hope you enjoy trying the installation of board and batting wainscoting.

Post you tomorrow the next updated Master Bath Redo Part III!  Have a great night everyone!

Linda

DIY Shutter Towel Rack

DIY Towel Racks

DIY Shutter Towel Rack

In our upstairs bathroom, which is primarily used as a guest bathroom or when my other daughter comes home for a weekend visit, I needed to come up with a functional yet decorative way to keep bath towels in the bathroom because the space doesn’t have a lot of storage.  I decided I would make a piece that could be displayed as a wall hanging, but it would also double as a towel rack for my daughter or our guests.  After a few hours of thinking up designs, I had it..I would make a DIY Shutter towel rack!

Here are the items you will need to make this functional DIY Shutter Towel Rack wall hanging for your bathroom:

–          House Shutters

–          Spray paint

–          8 big gardening hooks

–          Screw driver

–          Screws

–          Drill

–          2 pieces of 1X2

–          Nuts and bolts

–          Level

Want to make it?  Here are the steps:

1.   Spray paint the shutters (I found two old plastic ones at a garage sale) before you do anything, this will get all of the surfaces covered so there is no white showing through on your finished product.  I used Rust-Oleum® Universal Paint and Primer in One in a Hammered Brown.  I find that you may pay a little more for it, but it has a texture to it and it also sticks to any surface.

DIY Shutter Towel Rack DIY Shutter Towel Rack DIY Shutter Towel Rack - Painted

2.   Take the two painted shutters after they are dry and flip them over so the front is laying on your work surface.  Clip the two shutters with a clamp and the 1X2 and drill four holes in the wood and shutters and fasten them together with the nuts and bolts.

Connecting the two shutters
Connecting the two shutters

3.   After the shutters are secured together flip them over so you can start putting on the hooks.  On the thick molding of the shutters place one hook on each side then, on the other shutter stagger where you put the other hooks so they aren’t right next to the hooks you just drilled in.  Keep doing this until you have four sets of hooks with two hooks on each molding.  Drill in the hooks after you have the hooks evenly spaced from one another.

Attach plant hangers to the shutters
Attach plant hangers to the shutters

4.   Take the finished DIY Shutter Towel Rack into the bathroom you are going to hang it in and measure where you want to drill holes to hang the piece.  After measuring and making sure the piece will be level, drill the holes into the wall and place screws or hooks into the holes so the piece can be hung.

DIY Shutter Towel Rack
DIY Shutter Towel Rack

5.   Place your rolled up towels into the hooks and enjoy your functional but decorative new DIY Shutter Towel Rack !

DIY Shutter Towel Rack
DIY Shutter Towel Rack

Enjoy your DIY Shutter Towel Rack – Have a great Friday and happy crafting!

-LC