I am looking forward to the coming spring because it will allow me to finish up the bathrooms. Since our house doesn’t have central heat, these rooms get super chilly, making caulk, grout and paint difficult to work with.
One warm day this winter, however, I took advantage of the weather and painted my bathroom counter top….
My first instinct when we bought our house over a year ago was to rip the yellowing, dated vanity out of our guest bathroom and replace it with two pedestal sinks.
But then I realized that I needed to pick my battles where work and money were concerned.
Needless to say, I was ridiculously glad when I discovered this countertop paint at Lowe’s:
Before I made the purchase, however, I read all the product reviews.
What I found was that some people loved it and some people hated it.
I decided it was worth a try and got to work.
First, I had the crusty, calcified faucets removed from the vanity. (A project in itself for my fix-it guys!)
Next, I sanded the surface with a fine-grit sandpaper before giving the whole surface a thorough scrub-down:
(Blech! Even when it was clean it was ugly!)
Next, I made sure I had good ventilation. When it comes to fumes, I like to place a running fan backwards in a window so that it sucks all the chemical fumes out of the room.
You will want to do this, too, because THIS PAINT IS STRONG!!
Also, wear a mask, gloves and the ugliest clothes you own.
(I always make it a point of looking extra grody whenever I’m painting something):
When it was time to paint, I took my time and was extra careful with the soft roller so as to reduce air bubbles and smears. Other than that, I did not use any special painting technique.
I will say that the sink was tricky–the paint kept wanting to slide down along the sloped sides.
Some air bubbles were inevitable, but I’m going to sand them down and do a second coat of paint, anyway.
Finally, I let the countertop dry for an entire week without so much as breathing on it. The manufacturer recommends at least three days, but I didn’t want to take any chances.
With that said, this is a great project to do right before a vacation. Not only does it allow the countertop enough time to dry undisturbed, it allows you time away from the fumes. This area of the house smelled strong of paint fumes for at least 3 days afterwards.
Overall, I am pleased with the results. A new sink made the vanity look even better!
This vanity is still not a finished product, though. After a second coat of countertop enamel, I need to repaint the base of the vanity.
The paint job doesn’t look so bad in this photo, but I promise you…them cabinets be naaaaassssstay!
Here’s to [yet another] work in progress!