This post is long overdue my friends. Looooooong overdue. But I’m so happy to say I finally got around to repainting and finishing our bathroom vanities. Wahoooo! Now if you read this update I shared a while back, or if you follow me over on Instagram, you know that our bathroom vanities were NOT holding up well with the chalk paint and wax combo I used to paint them originally. In fact, they were awful. Absolutely awful. The chalk paint was chipping, they were extremely hard to keep looking fresh and clean, and there was even water damage starting to form around the faucets. Not good at all. I’ve known these needed to be repainted for a while now, but it’s just one of those things I never got around to doing. I mean, who the heck wants to repaint two bathroom vanities you already did? I sure didn’t. But I knew it had to be done, so I sucked it up and got it done. And I I’m excited to share this finished project with you all today. I’m going to show you exactly what I did to repaint and reseal these dressers, so let’s hop right into it! Here’s how they looked before–a bit gross and in need of some major TLC:
I originally painted these vanities with Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax in March 2016–so about 15 months ago. At first I was happy with how they looked, but within 2-3 months both vanities were covered in lots of chipping like this. And NOT the good kind–I definitely wasn’t going for a distressed look. Plus the whole thing just had a dingy appearance because I could never get it clean with the chalk paint/wax combo–everything stuck to these like glue! But the worst part of all was how it was holding up around the faucets. You can see water damage starting to form and lots of cracking. Bad, bad, bad.
It was definitely past time to re-do these vanities and stop any further damage from happening.
So for this process I started by sanding the dressers to remove the wax and prepare the surface to be repainted. It was a total pain to do this step, but I definitely didn’t want to go straight in over the wax with new paint. That old stuff needed to come off and this was the only way I could do it. My goal was not to sand off all the old paint, I simply wanted to remove the wax topcoat and roughen it up. Once I had that done I started painting. This time I chose to use the Rust-Oleum Chalk Paint in White Linen. I went this route because I wasn’t sure if latex paint would adhere over the old chalk paint. Thankfully it worked very well and went on just fine.
Once I had the fresh paint on the next step was applying the polycrylic. I really believe this is the most important step in the entire process, even more important than which paint you use. Had I done this project with polycrylic the first time, I’m confident they would have held up fine. I actually did a chalk paint/polycrylic combo on our dining table about a year ago and it’s held up wonderfully, so I felt pretty confident with this pairing.
I used water-based clear polycrylic in satin. I put it on using a good quality paint brush and simply brushed it on with the direction of the grain of the dresser. I seriously love this stuff. It goes on easily and dries fast! Just make sure you put it on in long, even strokes and don’t go back over the area you already did. If you do, it will start to ball up and get clumpy.
I did two coats of the polycrylic over each dresser and I feel like that was plenty. Here’s the finished look:
Sooooo much better–no more cracking and chipping paint. And no more dingy, dirty white!
The thing I love most about that polycrylic is that it dries to a clear, glass-like finish. Now these dressers are so smooth and easy to clean. I’ll tell ya, it was nearly impossible to get makeup and other stains off the vanities before, but it cleans up like a breeze now.
I can’t even tell you how happy I am to have this project off my to-do list. Seriously, it’s been hanging over me like a dark cloud for months now. I was totally dreading it and kept putting it off, but I’m so glad I finally got my booty in gear and did this the right way. Like I mentioned earlier, I think the polycrylic topcoat is absolutely key when you’re painting anything that will get even moderate use. As much as I love chalk paint, I just don’t think it’s strong enough to hold up to daily use when you only cover with wax. In my experience with these vanities, the wax just isn’t strong enough–especially when it comes to anything that gets into contact with water. This was definitely a hard lessoned learned, but at least I get to share my lessons with you guys, right?
Please let me know if you have any questions at all, I’d love to to chat in the comments below!
Towel Racks by Sink: Hobby Lobby
Paint Color: Smokestack by Behr
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