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Putting the finishing touches on the powder room, folks, and I AM SO EXCITED to show the whole glorious thing to you!! I’ve given some of my blogging besties a sneak peak, but I’m trying to save the fancy shots for a big bad reveal in the next week or so!
How To Refinish a Bathroom Vanity with Concrete
Today I AM going to give you the deets on the rest of the vanity makeover. On Tuesday I showed you how to breath new life into a dated sink with a coat of epoxy paint. Good as new with no plumbing involved (unless you want to swap the faucet while you’re at it…). The turquoise sink was bad, but the vanity itself was no great shakes. It was worn down and tired looking. But… it had a great shape and was custom build to fit the ridiculously small space so it actually had a few things going for it.
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The vanity itself was DIY 101… just a fresh coat of paint. But the countertop, well… THAT was a fun improvement. I’m hardly the only blogger to have noticed concrete countertops. I’ve always thought I’d put them in our kitchen when we ever save up enough money to gut it. Which will be in 25 years. Until then… I used it in our powder room!
I can’t even remember how I stumbled across this post, but I followed it to the letter for these. So go and give Tasha a shout out from me since she gets FULL credit for this countertop makeover.
I used Henry’s Feather Finish (affiliate) per Tasha’s recommendation. (Full materials list at the end of this post!) The first thing I did was sanded the countertop. I also taped below the overhang…It’s easy to clean so you can skip this step, but I was hoping to get a moderately straight edge. Mix up a small batch (of course I mixed WAY too much the first coat… I’d say 1-2 cups of the concrete is plenty. Mix with water until the consistency is like pudding.
Then… smooth it onto your countertop with the spackle knife of your choice. I used a narrow one to spread it all out and then went back over with a wider one to smooth it as best I could. You want THIN coats here. And yes… you will sand it down between coats, but the smoother you leave it, the less sanding required so take your time! Let it dry (I waited overnight). I failed as a blogger with these pictures because there are no process shots but… concrete isn’t the neatest thing in the world so I couldn’t grab my camera. Go to Tasha’s post to get more images of this process. This is after the first coat:
With a fine grit sand paper, sand down any rough edges or grooves. Repeat with a second or third coat of feather finish until you have the surface you like. I’ve already forgotten, but I think I took three coats, but I was ok with a few imperfections.
To seal the concrete, give it a couple of light coats of this acrylic sealer (don’t leave any puddles). It will go on cloudy… don’t worry.
There you have it! Just like the sink, this is a pretty big turn around for $36! Sure, it’s a small vanity so I could have sprung for a nice slab of marble or something… but, this cost THIRTY-SIX DOLLARS!
So to recap. This is how the vanity started. Dreary, beat up… and turquoise. And then the after…
Now… $35 for sink paint, $16 for concrete vanity, $20 for sealer and $14 for paint and things are looking up in the powder room world! Throw in a fancy new faucet and that’s a WHOLE NEW vanity for $145.
Materials to Refinish an Old Vanity with Concrete
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