Painting your vanity is the perfect way to give your bathroom a facelift. To prep the vanity for painting, remove all of the drawers, doors, and hardware. Fill in any imperfections with wood putty, then sand and wipe down the surface. Apply primer for a smooth finish and leave it to dry overnight. Apply 2 light layers of paint and let them dry overnight as well. Once you’ve removed the tape and reassembled your vanity, the transformation is complete!
Patch up any surface flaws with wood putty, then let it dry. Fill in any dings, gouges, or deep scratches with wood putty and a putty knife. Make sure to overfill the imperfections so that when the putty dries down, it’ll still fill the damaged area. Wait for the putty to dry and harden before continuing your project.
For shallow imperfections that are less than 0.25 inches (0.64 cm), you can usually sand after 15 minutes. However, with gouges that are deeper than 0.25 inches (0.64 cm), you’ll need to wait 2-8 hours before sanding.
Sand down any extra putty, clear finish, or loose paint. Use 220-grit sandpaper to even out the level of the putty and rub off any gloss finish on the wood. You can also use it to remove spots of loose or damaged paint. Make sure to sand the inside corners of the cabinet as well. This will help create a good base for the paint to stick to.
Clean up the dust with a vacuum and a damp rag. Remove the sanding dust by gently vacuuming the vanity surfaces and the surrounding area. Use a brush extension and a low setting when vacuuming. Lightly dampen a rag with water and use it wipe down the vanity surfaces. This will help pick up any leftover dust. Let the vanity surface dry before moving on to priming.