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Painting a Melamine Bathroom Vanity the Easy Way

September 26, 2017

I’ve been dying to give our main floor powder room/laundry room a little pizzaz and what better way than by painting our vanity PINK! Trust me, it wasn’t that hard. Over the course of a weekend I was able to give this tiny bathroom a new lease on life!


Our main floor powder room is perfectly drab and boring. I mean there’s nothing technically wrong with it. It does the trick, but it really is quite boring. When we first moved in it was this horrific color. We slapped some white paint up shortly after we moved in because I was newly pregnant and honestly, I couldn’t stomach looking at that color. I hope the before pictures do it some justice. It was awful.

This spring, my husband surprised me by putting up some ship lap (be still, my heart) and doing this fun dark jewel toned feature wall. I love the unfinished look he was going for! But it was still missing something. It needed a real punch of color. Something bold and fun.

Paint a Melamine Bathroom Vanity the Easy Way

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Ever since Carmel from Our Fifth House painted her powder room vanity a pretty blush color, I haven’t been able to envision any other color for my powder room vanity. I mean, it’s perfection. But how on earth could I paint a melamine vanity? Surely you can’t just paint melamine? OH BUT YOU CAN! Canadian Tire’s line of Premier Active has a paint and primer combo specifically made to cover furniture and melamine. That means no sanding and very minimal prep. Sounds like a piece of cake!

I had to find the perfect shade of pink for our tiny little powder room. I picked up some swatches from Canadian Tire’s line of Premier paint. The options were endless but once I had the swatches in the space it became pretty clear which colors were main contenders and which just wouldn’t suit the space. I ended up choosing the color “Spring Has Sprung” and I only needed one 921 ml can of the paint.

Paint a Melamine Bathroom Vanity the Easy Way

I gave the cabinets a good wipe down with a lint-free cloth and some cleaning spray just to make sure there wasn’t any dirt or dust on the cabinets. You wouldn’t want that mixing with the paint. I then started on what I would say is one of the most important parts of any painting job: applying the painter’s tape. I don’t know about you but if I go into my powder room and see a bit of pink paint that’s bled onto the shiplap, I’m going to look at it every day and it will drive me crazy. In my opinion, there’s no such thing as over taping. You can’t be too careful. Having those crisp clean edges is worth it!

I took off the doors and removed all the hardware being careful to keep all the screws and knobs together. I used a small roller brush and began with painting the side of the doors that face toward the inside of the cabinets. The reason for starting with this side was so I could get a feel for the technique I wanted to use without doing it on the side of the door that would greet us everytime we walk into the bathroom.

I went in with a small brush and did the inside edges of the panels to make sure to get paint into all the little nooks and crannies. Then I used my roller brush for the larger flat portions of the door. I used nice firm strokes with even pressure and I made my first coat nice and light. I didn’t want to pile on the paint too thick. I figure you can always add more coats but you can’t take them away!

While the doors were drying I went in and got up close and personal with the toilet. I had to get right in beside the toilet to get a nice even coat on the side of the vanity. I did my edges first with a small brush and then went in with my roller brush to do the larger flat portions of the vanity. Then I took my brush without paint on it and smoothed the little drops of paint that started to form on the edges.

I let the paint dry overnight, which was more than enough time, and then I went back to do my second coat in the morning. Once I was finished my second coat of the insides and the edges of the doors and it was dry, I flipped it over and started working on the outside of my doors. Once the first coat was dry, I put the hardware back on and hung the doors so I could do my final coat on the outside of the doors.

Once the paint was completely dried, it was time to put the knobs back onto the vanity. I’m definitely not in love with them, but now that the vanity is a fresh new color, I don’t hate the brushed nickel! Although I do have plans to go brass in the very near future.

I didn’t know I could be giddy over a bathroom vanity. When I walk in here in the morning I can’t help but smile at how the vanity turned out. It’s amazing how color can not only transform a space but your entire mood! Seeing this fun little space gets me so excited for the day ahead.

Now it’s time to get working on that tile floor. I have a plan my friends, and it involves MORE PAINT.

What do you think? Would you pick a color like this for your bathroom vanity? Have you been wanting to try your hand at painting something melamine?

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: Be sure to follow along on Instagram! I’ll be sharing the behind the scenes of my next big project over on my Instastories!

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