Must-See Vanity Makeovers
Before: Dated and Dark
Drawing inspiration from the beach, the dated light fixtures above the dark vanity didn't work. With a tight budget, these homeowners got creative to make a bright piece that was the jumping-off point for the rest of the bathroom.
After: Beachy Keen
New hardware, bun feet, and doors outfitted with cane webbing dress up the existing vanity. The entire piece was washed in a coat of white paint, instantly brightening the room. A high-arc faucet with lever handles creates a sleek look, while two knobs on the previously bare center panel reinforce the vanity's new furniture-style look.
Before: Ugly and Ignored
An oak vanity with a simple honed-marble top was in perfect condition but did not fit the homeowner's playful and creative personality.
After: One-of-a-Kind Style
With a coat of soft blue paint and new hardware the bathroom instantly feels brighter, while the DIY paneling creates architectural interest. An intricate black mirror and a pair of sconces with customized shades help this bathroom feel special.
Before: Nothing but Neutral
This builder-grade vanity wasn't welcoming to guests. Its basic wood cabinetry and cream-color countertop blended with the room's surrounding neutral hues.
After: Style Standout
A coat of rich navy paint gives the vanity a much-appreciated pop of color. A new granite countertop incorporates the room's neutrals without receding to the background. Black knobs and pulls tailor the vanity with a modern dark-on-dark twist.
Easy Vanity Upgrades
Turn a boring vanity into a custom creation with a few eye-catching add-ons.
Before: Bland Basics
This builder-grade hall bath vanity had the basics, but they were more boring than beautiful. The laminate vanity was in good shape, but a stylish splurge put it over the top.
After: Sophisticated Accents
Painting this vanity black added a bit of drama and only cost $20 for the quart of paint. A Carrara marble countertop with distinctive dark veining conveys an upscale touch. The old center-set faucet was replaced with a widespread style, and new hardware continues the room's classic silhouettes.
Before: Unmet Potential
Sometimes all a vanity needs is a little love and plenty of character. Rather than take a sledghammer to this style-deprived vanity, the homeowner managed to salvage it with plenty of DIY ingenuity.
After: Cool in Color
Pale turquoise paint gives the oak vanity a pop of happy color. The satin-finish latex paint is durable and gives the vanity a nice sheen without becoming too shiny. The vanity's existing white marble countertop made the cut as did the brushed-nickel faucet. New hardware contribute a final touch of sparkle.
Before: Minor Setback
While attempting to swap out their vanity countertop, these homeowners discovered their house had settled, leaving their bathroom surface uneven. The solution was easier than you'd think.
After: Clean and Classic
To get the perfect 90-degree angle on their new vanity countertop, homeowners carved out a bit of drywall at the corner of the vanity top, then sealed the deal with a thin bead of silicone. A cool coat of gray paint, new cabinet hardware, and a fresh faucet complete the vanity makeover.
Before: Simple Scene
Good, but not great. That's how we'd describe this builder-basic vanity before its stunning transformation into a one-of-a-kind bathroom focal point.
After: Wow-Worthy Display
Reusing the existing vanity didn't prevent homeowners from creating a stylish update. A gray-tone granite countertop with bold veining complements new antique-style satin-nickel faucets. A wood-plank backsplash and bronze cup pulls provide rustic patina to the mix of industrial and vintage styles.
Before: Functional but Flat
Blogger Brittany of Pretty Handy Girl gave her boy-friendly bathroom a guest-ready update, but the boring vanity didn't fit the theme. See how the fearless do-it-yourselfer revamped the builder vanity on a budget.
After: Tranquil Retreat
It only took two coats of a dual paint-and-primer paint to cover the vanity in gorgeous greige color after it was sanded. A generous application, three to five coats, of a clear polycrylic finish keeps it protected. Brushed-nickel knobs further update the existing vanity.
Before: Bright but Too White
This bathroom's pink-and-white palette was anything but pretty. Its plain-Jane vanity cabinetry wasn't much of a showstopper either.
After: Serene Scene
Layers of rich brown paint, stain, and glaze instantly age the bright vanity; sanding of each cabinet piece's edges continues the rustic look. Sparkling crystal knobs further the look of antique furniture.
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Before: Lackluster Finishes
Although the '70s had their highlights, great bathroom design wasn't one of them. This vanity hadn't been updated in decades but had the potential for an entirely new persona.
After: Clever Cover-Up
A paint kit was used to give the vanity's old laminate counter the look of black granite. In just two days, the homeowner taped off the sink and surrounding areas, applied a base coat, added two coats of the stonelike paint chips for texture, sanded the vanity, and sealed it. Light aqua water-base milk paint freshens the pine cabinetry, and satin-nickel spray paint updates the existing hardware.
Before: Outdated and Odd
The space in this bathroom was good, but the finishes were dingy and felt mismatched. Not deterred, these homeowners worked with the vanity and created a fresh space using (a lot of) paint.
After: Bold and Beautiful
The vanity's marble top was in great shape, so it stayed, but the rest of the vanity was covered in fresh white paint. A shiny new faucet and chrome wall sconce add glamour to the bold black and white stripes that surround the small room.
Before: Nothing Special
Plain and simple are not the words you want to use to describe your bathroom. This space lacked the wow factor that the homeowners craved.
After: Definite Style
Glossy black paint helps the vanity stand out, and new hardware modernizes the piece. Tonal stripes add depth to the rectangular room and coordinate with the existing countertop and tile floor. Touches of black throughout the room finish the new sophisticated look.