A Bathroom Remodel, Part 2: Painting the Vanity for a Custom Look

Emily Clark

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In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.

When blogger Emily A. Clark told us she was planning a bathroom remodel, we were excited to see where she would take the space, and how we could help! In Part 1 of this three-part series, Emily shows us how she started on her project of turning an upstairs closet into a brand new boys’ bathroom.

In Part 2, she walks us through one of the projects involved in her bathroom renovation: painting a vanity.

When we converted our toy closet into a bathroom, I wanted all of my design choices to work for both our boys and any houseguests. Overall, we needed a space that wasn’t too juvenile, but that wasn’t too grown-up, either. Although we decided to keep most of our bathroom remodel neutral, with white walls and gray tile, I knew I wanted to use a little playful color somewhere. This vanity seemed like the perfect place.

 Martha Stewart Living Seal Harbor vanity for the bathroom remodel

Design, as they say, is in the details. And painting bathroom cabinets is a quick way to get a custom look.

Collection of 4 images for painted bathroom vanity inspiration

Images via Southern Living (clockwise from top left), Life in Grace, House Beautiful and House & Home

Mint green is one of my favorite colors of the moment, so I made a quick trip to my local Home Depot’s Paint Department to pick up some swatches. Although it may not seem like the most obvious choice for a boys’ bathroom, I love mint because it pairs well with so many other (more masculine) colors, like navy, charcoal and orange.

Green paint swatches for inspiration in painting the vanity in bathroom remodel

After looking through lots of swatches, I finally decided on Wintergreen from the Martha Stewart Living collection (MSL107).

Purdy paintbrush atop 2 cans of green paint for vanity painting project in bathroom remodel

The vanity was a dull enough surface that I skipped the primer and went straight to painting. I used two coats of semi-gloss. If I have any advice, it’s to always invest in a good brush. It makes such a huge difference in application and is worth every penny. I used an angled Purdy brush, and I used Q-Tips to get into the small spaces between the beadboard detail on the sides of the vanity.

Green paint being brushed onto vanity for bathroom remodel project

The green adds just the right amount of color to the space.

Finished painted vanity in green as part of bathroom remodel

Stay tuned. In Part 3, I’ll show you pictures and share details of our completed closet-to-bathroom conversion.

Emily is a wife, mom of five, and author of the blog Emily A. Clark: design. simplified. She writes about the never-ending adventure of making her house a home, and shares affordable and achievable decorating ideas for real people. Thank you, Emily, for sharing your bathroom remodeling plans with us!

For more bathroom ideas, see our Bathroom Design Ideas and Inspiration board on The Home Depot Pinterest page.

Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using Home Depot products as a starting point. Emily received a Home Depot gift card to assist with her bathroom remodel, but The Home Depot provided no other compensation. The opinions and ideas Emily expressed are her own.