How to paint a bathroom sink for under $5
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You guys! I painted my bathroom sink! With spray paint!
When we moved into our home I had a long list of DIY projects. I’ve made a lot of progress in areas like our guest bedroom, boys shared bedroom, and master bathroom, but that list is still SLOWLY getting checked off.
Inspired by some Instagram friends who recently did a #2days200dollars challenge, I decided it was time to tackle our guest bathroom before the holidays arrive. I love a clean and organized home, BUT my DIY and crafting supplies straight up brings me JOY (sorry Marie Kondo, it stays).
Armed with a plethora of leftover paint and supplies I dove into phase one of the guest bathroom makeover. The vanity. The before was your standard builder grade cabinet base with cultured marble top. My goals here were simple.
- Paint the cabinet base
- Paint the countertop pure white
- Change out the hardware
- Paint the faucet
I draw so much of my inspiration from fellow DIY-ers on Instagram (Come Follow Along!) and this project was no exception. Allie from @prvbsthirtyonegrl is one of my favorite DIY-ers to follow for budget-friendly upgrades. When I saw that she had used Rustoleum’s Appliance Epoxy spray (affiliate) on her bathroom vanity I knew I had to try it. Her end result was a smooth pure white surface with the durability of epoxy.
Here’s the process I used to spray paint my guest bathroom countertop using Rustoleum’s Appliance Epoxy Spray (affiliate).
Step 1: Tape off your area
I chose to use the spray form of the product since the area was so small and the spray is a fourth of the cost of the paint. But beware, the overspray and smell is INTENSE. You will want to make sure you have thoroughly taped off and covered any areas that you don’t want overspray on, including your walls, vanity cabinet and faucet hardware.
Step 2: Ventilation
Spray paint fumes are intense. Make sure you open any windows, use a fan, and wear a respirator or mask.
Step 3: Clean the surface
I used this pre-paint cleaner (link) that I had on hand from a previous project, and made sure to dry and wipe with a lint-free cloth before spraying to remove any dust. I did not sand the surface, but you might benefit from using a fine grit sandpaper to rough it up a little.
Step 3: Prep your Can
Be sure to shake the can for a full minute or more to properly mix.
Step 4: Spray your counter
In a sweeping motion with overlap on each pass, spray a thin coat of paint on your surfaces. You will need multiple coats ( I used 4). I sprayed a coat, waited 2-3 minutes and sprayed again. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!!! You MUST complete all of your coats within a 30 minute timeframe. Not hard to do if you use the above process, but make sure you tackle this project at a time that you won’t get pulled away or distracted. If you spray additional coats on the surface after 30 minutes the paint will bubble. If you need to apply additional coats or touch ups after 30 minutes you must wait a full week to recoat.
Step 5: Remove tape and Wait
If your tape is touching any of the actual counter surface carefully pull it off while the spray paint is still slightly wet.
Instructions on the can say the surface is dry to touch within 2-3 hours and ready for use between 5-9 hours, fully cured at 24. My surface still felt tacky to me at the 9 hour mark, which may have been due to humidity or the fact that I put on 4 coats. Regardless, I stayed completely away for 24 hours and the surface now appears to be fully cured and durable.
I used the same process of prep to spray the faucet as well.
Time will tell how well this holds up, so I’ll be sure to come back and provide an update. For now, here are some tips I’ve picked up from other DIY-ers that have used this product for the same purpose.
- Nail polish remover will take off the surface, use caution.
- If you have leaky faucet or drip some users have had trouble with bubbling.
Definitely not a forever fix, but I’m loving the results from a $4 can of spray paint! If you tackle this project in your own home I’d love to see! Tag me on social or send me a message!
Use what you have, to do what you can & embrace progress over perfection my friends! If you have any questions I’d love to chat in the comments below!