My first project in this $100 Room Challenge Bathroom Makeover was to change these dingy countertops to be a brighter white. I was skeptical about whether or not spray paint could really work in a bathroom, but after completing this project, it is one of the best and easiest DIYs I've done. Let me take you through it step-by-step, but first, let me show you the transformation.
Before + After Photos
Don't mind this horrible lighting, but it is the same lighting in each picture! The spray gave the counter just enough gloss to make it seem legit like a normal countertop, but not too spray paint looking to make it feel DIY'd, if you know what I mean lol.
If you plan to try this in your bathroom, there are plenty of videos and posts to help guide you. However, all the research I did failed to mention, or skimmed over, a few very key pieces to making this a success.
I included my written account of my tips and I also created a video of my process in fast forward (about 2 minutes). If you head over to the video, be sure to like and follow my channel. *Shameless plug*
On to my tips...
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If you click any of the photos below, you will go directly to the link to purchase. Because I already had all of this in the garage, I am still at $0 spent on this countertop! If I hadn't been able to get the spray paint from my mom's house, this would have still only cost me $5 + tax... My kinda DIY.
1. Tape off & Cover Everything
Like legitimately, cover everything... the overspray is real life. For instance, the door knob on the inside of my bathroom door has a slight white hue to it now. Good times.
Also, I failed to consider that overspray can go just about everywhere. So, covering only the area on the floor in front of the vanity did little good for protecting the rest of the floor. Cover the whole floor with something.
You can see in the video my attempt and the stickiness of my shoes with the paper... comical to say the least.
I didn't have as much overspray on the walls or mirror, but remember gravity... brings all that stuff down ditty-down down, so be extra cautious with things level or below the counter.
2. Sand the Countertop
It was suggested to use rough sandpaper to scuff up the countertop. I only had a sanding block so I ended up using a multi-surface sanding block. It seemed to do the job just fine.
3. Wipe Counter Down with Microfiber Cloth
The sanding will leave particles every where, so make sure you wipe the counter down with a wet cloth and then with a dry cloth. Microfiber seems to get all the dust and grime out of there, but regardless, clean it and dry it off.
4. Wear a Mask & Don't Wear Anything You Care About
Wearing the ventilation mask was a must. The fumes are for real. You can see the puffs of dust flying around in the video. I would even recommend covering your hair and for sure not wearing anything shoes, pants, or shirts you really like because I was slightly sticky afterwards.
I did wipe my arms down afterwords and let me shoes sit outside. I would recommend covering as much of your body as you can with stuff that you don't care about.
5. Turn on a Fan & Open a Window
I had the door closed so it didn't fumigate my whole house. We don't have a window in there, but I had the fan running the whole time and for the whole day after I was done spraying. The smell did seep through under the door, so we ended up closing some room doors and opening up all the other windows.
Next time, I would probably put a towel by the crack under the door to keep it contained and able to exit out of the bathroom fan.
6. Spray Back to Front in Short, Sweeping Bursts
I read this tip before starting and it did really work. Be careful not to allow yourself to spray too close to the counter. I watched a video on YouTube before starting and she had to wipe up a few puddles as she was going because it was pooling up on her.
I did not have this happen, but I also made sure to stay at 10-12 inches away from the counter at all times... I learned this from the fireplace spray paint project.
7. Let Dry for 20 Minutes, Then Spray Another Coat
Go catch a deep breath somewhere outdoors for 20 minutes and then come back and spray another coat.
Between the start of the first coat and the end of the second coat, it probably took me less than an hour.
8. After Second Coat, Let Dry 3 Hours
Need I say more?
9. Take the Tape Off at 3 Hours & Give it a Day to Set
In one of the videos, the lady said to take the tape off at 3 hours. This was a good idea because, one, I was able to make sure I didn't miss anything from a bad tape job or something. But also, the epoxy didn't have time to fully set yet, so I avoided accidentally gluing the tape to the faucet area lol.
The To-Do List Update
- Paint the vanity
- Paint the countertop white
- Paint the faucets oil-rubbed bronze.
- Paint the bathroom towel hangers oil-rubbed bronze
- Build and hang the mirror frame
- Spray paint the vanity light with oil-rubbed bronze spray paint
- Add pulls to the cabinets
- Change the flooring to a fun pattern
- Decorate/Hang Shelves
Alright! One project down, way more to go.
While you wait for next week's update, go check out all the other participants in the $100 room challenge (links below).
Then, mark your calendar for next Wednesday for my next update on how the progress of this project is going with the big reveal happening Wednesday, September 30th.
Catch ya later!
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