Anyone ever put off a home project because you just weren’t sure what the heck to do? I can relate.
Our little home was built in 1970 and it is most obvious in the bathroom. We have an avocado green bathtub and tile shower with a lime green tile floor. I absolutely love how much character it has, but I knew it would need a carefully planned and whimsical makeover. When we moved into our home in March 2016, I painted half of the vanity white and then decided I didn’t like it. Then, I didn’t do ANYTHING with it until last month (over 1.5 years later). Oops.
If you’re having a hard time visualizing how terrible it was, let me help you out.
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If you’re following me on Pinterest, you probably know how much I LOVE pinning interiors and eclectic design. I came across this pin and it instantly inspired me. I knew that the right pink vanity could look really great in the avocado bathroom.
So, I looked at about 1000 shades of pink until I found the perfect color.
I ended up choosing Pink Quartz by Behr. I bought it in a semi gloss finish, which is important when you’re painting cabinets. I only bought a quart and still have so much left over.
Once I had my paint, it was time to begin. If you’re a sane person, you should use painter’s tape and drop cloth when painting. You will see in the upcoming photos, that I didn’t really do that. Fortunately, it’s very easy to get paint off of tile. I used a 2 inch angled brush for this project.
First, I did an all over coat in Kilz white primer before I began painting with the Pink Quartz color. Do multiple coats if necessary and be sure to let each coat dry before adding another.
Then, the fun part. I started adding layers of the pink paint. It was very nerve-racking because I wasn’t sure yet if it was the right shade of pink, but it ended up being perfect in my opinion.
Once everything was painted and dry, it was time for new hardware. This was probably the most difficult decision I made for this project. I spent somewhere between 6-8 hours online looking for the perfect knobs and drawer pulls to complete the vanity.
After a lot of deliberation, I selected these drawer pulls and these knobs for the cabinets. I was nervous about how they would look, but I think they really tie in the vintage vibes and complement the pink vanity well. Only one small problem, the doors had handles before, so there were two holes per door. I used wood putty, a light sanding, and some touch up paint to make them disappear.
Once that was all finished, there was one last piece of the puzzle, the faucet. And, MAN has this faucet sparked some debate. Personally, I love it and I think it suits the space really well. However, others have called it “trash”. I don’t really mind. To each their own, and those who feel the need to be rude about my faucet choices don’t have to come over, right? But also, who doesn’t love a quirky swan faucet, really?!
Once the faucet was installed, the bathroom vanity makeover was complete and cost me under $100.
The budget for this project was as follows:
Angled Paint Brush $0 (had on hand, I always stock up on these at Harbor Freight)
KILZ Primer $0 (had on hand)
Pink Paint $7
Wood Putty $0 (had on hand)
Sandpaper $0 (had on hand)
Cabinet Knobs + Drawer Pulls $35
Very Cool Swan Faucet $55
I ended up right under $100 for the entire project, which was wonderful with the holidays looming. I am thrilled with the way it looks and have gotten lots of compliments about it from our guests. It was one of the more eclectic and “out there” home improvements I have tried, but I feel the risky design paid off. I love getting ready in this happy, eclectic, vintage space.
Tell me what you think in the comments below or on Instagram!