Monday, 20 February 2012

Vanity Sink Makeover

The vanity unit in our powder room is a basic builders unit.  Nothing special.  I can't really justify ripping it out to install a new one, so I thought I'd see if I could pretty it up a bit.

I decided to add some decorative timber moulding and to paint over the pale green laminate doors.

I marked out where I wanted the moulding to go, and cut it to size.  I attached the moulding to the doors with builder's adhesive (liquid nails) and caulked gap filler (no more gaps) around the joins.  I also attached a piece of skirting board (base board) along the bottom.  To paint over the laminate, I used Zissner 123 primer followed by a couple of coats of Dulux aquaenamel in Whisper White.

I think it looks prettier now.  Not so much like a builder's unit.

A few years ago I replaced the standard builder's mirror with this one.

It was about $50 from the discount store.  It was bright gold but I liked the ornate detail in the frame and the bevelled edge on the mirror.  Originally I painted it in a matt white paint and it looked like a plaster frame.  I have since painted it in a gloss paint.  I probably like the matt paint better but it was really hard to keep clean.

This is the sign on the door.  There's no bath in the powder room, so that might confuse guests a little?


  1. Your vanity is a lovely shape,much improved now with the new look too.
    xx jeanetteann

  2. Hi Kylie

    as with all the things you touch - you make them look so much nicer.

    well done.

    Have a wonderful day,

    loulou, hereiamloulou blog 


  3. What a great job! It is amazing what a difference that moulding makes. I agree with Lou lou - simple transformations that look fantastic. Totally inspiring.

  4. super change. it's the small one's that make all the difference.
    great job!
    C xx

  5. Looks great, love the moulding on the doors!

  6. Where did you get the little sign it's so cute! I have almost the same one that says dog with a hook on it, I got it as a gift though so I am not sure where to find more of these cute signs!

  7. Kylie, it looks so much fresher. Love the sign, very cute.

  8. Wow that makes such a difference ! Inspiring. F x

  9. No doubt at all it looks prettier for sure. You have done an amazing job. I have taken note of primer you used as I never thought you could paint of laminate. thanks ever so much for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  10. Nice work Kylie! I'm so glad your shared this husband and I have been toying with the same idea to refurb our kitchen, rather than ripping the whole thing out. So again, thanks for looks fantastic!
    Cas x


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