New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities

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:

New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities

Honest Review of My Chalk Painted Bathroom Vanities

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.

Honest Review of My Chalk Painted Bathroom Vanities

It was definitely past time to re-do these vanities and stop any further damage from happening.

New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities. How to cover bathroom vanities with a clear polycrylic topcoat.

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.

New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities. How to cover bathroom vanities with a clear polycrylic topcoat.

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.

New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities. How to cover bathroom vanities with a clear polycrylic topcoat.

New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities. How to cover bathroom vanities with a clear polycrylic topcoat.

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.

New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities. How to cover bathroom vanities with a clear polycrylic topcoat.

I did two coats of the polycrylic over each dresser and I feel like that was plenty. Here’s the finished look:

New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities. How to cover bathroom vanities with a clear polycrylic topcoat.

New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities. How to cover bathroom vanities with a clear polycrylic topcoat.

New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities. How to cover bathroom vanities with a clear polycrylic topcoat. New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities. How to cover bathroom vanities with a clear polycrylic topcoat.

New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities. How to cover bathroom vanities with a clear polycrylic topcoat.

Sooooo much better–no more cracking and chipping paint. And no more dingy, dirty white!

New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities. How to cover bathroom vanities with a clear polycrylic topcoat.

New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities. How to cover bathroom vanities with a clear polycrylic topcoat.

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.

New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities. How to cover bathroom vanities with a clear polycrylic topcoat.

New and Improved Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities. How to cover bathroom vanities with a clear polycrylic topcoat.

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!

Bathroom Sources:

Vanity Light Fixture


Towel Racks by Sink: Hobby Lobby

Vessel Sink

Ceiling Light

Industrial Shelf with Wood Planks

Paint Color: Smokestack by Behr

More posts you might enjoy:

Farmhouse Master Bathroom Makeover Reveal

How to Convert an Old Dresser into a Bathroom Vanity

Honest Review of My Chalk Painted Bathroom Vanities

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  1. 7.5.17
    Mrs.Peny said:

    I could not agree more! I have tried chalk paint on several items so far and only one peice held up with out some primer or extra wax or sealant afterwards. It chips and peels! So although I really love the texture and colors and feel of the chalk paints it definitely needs a quick coat of primer in my experience and a good thick coat of the wax or some other sealant afterwards. Your vanities turned out so nice!

    • 7.6.17
      Sarah said:

      I couldn’t agree more, the chalk paint is great but only if you want a distressed/chippy finish. Otherwise it ain’t good on its own!

  2. 7.5.17
    Marty Oravetz said:

    This looks amazing. Both vanities are fabulous and such great storage too.

    • 7.6.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Marty!

  3. 7.5.17
    Dawn said:

    How did you sand around the faucet? Did you have to take everything apart?

    • 7.6.17
      Sarah said:

      I didn’t remove the faucet, I just sanded around it with a loose piece of sand paper. Seemed to work fine!

  4. 7.5.17
    Ronnie said:

    Funny that you used the Rustoleum chalk paint- I too have used it recently on several projects. I love how easy it is to work with, but the durability definitely isn’t great on its own. So I too had to use a poly coat over it and I’m hoping that helps it stay nice???? Without the poly it seems like it wasn’t sticking well to anything. (I did bathroom cabinets too with it).

    • 7.6.17
      Sarah said:

      Yep, I think the poly is key!!

  5. 7.5.17
    Corinne said:

    I do a lot of painting with chalk paint. For my small projects, I use waverly brand chalk paint from walmart. It’s about 5 bucks for an 8 ounce bottle, and it covers about 20 square feet, which for small pieces of furniture, is a lot! At first I purchased Martha Stewart wax, but as I read the instructions it said to reapply every 6-12 months or as needed, so I ended up not using it and I purchased some duraclear brand varnish from michaels, since I only use a little at a time for smaller pieces. It really stinks that you had to repaint your vanities, but they look gorgeous and should last a very long time.

    • 7.6.17
      Sarah said:

      I haven’t tried the Waverly brand yet, I might need to pick that up and do a little test run. And I’ve heard that recently about the wax too–needing to re-do it every few months. Craziness if you ask me. Who has time for that?!

      • 1.26.18
        Cheryl said:

        Bathroom looks great, but one thing stands out to me…you should have a GFCI on the outlet by the sink for safety 🙂

  6. 7.5.17
    Elisabeth Cuningham said:

    ???? I love your bathroom!!! It’s SOOOO cute!! And I recently did our dining room table with chalk paint and wax, and it’s started coming off already ???? So I was going to redo it with a poly and I’m so glad to hear a review on which kind to get! ????

    • 7.6.17
      Sarah said:

      Yesssss Elisabeth, definitely do it again with the poly. I think you’ll be amazed at the difference!!

  7. 7.5.17
    Sharon Starr said:

    I’m new to this entire arena of decorating and have just purchased a 6 bedroom farm house. Your blog and all the amazing photos and info are helping me with this fun adventure! Thanks so much for all your hard work and research. It’s making life much more fun for me.

    • 7.6.17
      Sarah said:

      Aw thank you Sharon, I’m so happy you have enjoyed my blog! Good luck with your farmhouse, it sounds amazing.

  8. 7.5.17
    Nicole said:

    Thank you sooo much for this update. I love your bathroom. I saw the original post and my upcoming ensuite is based on your vanity…..I have one similar waiting to be repurposed. I have recently painted the vanity in the existing bathroom with paving paint as an experiment and I’m waiting to see how that holds up. I have to do the one in waiting in the next few months and I think I’ll try this combo you suggested. ( if youre interested the paving paint seems to be very water resistant. It’s black and doesn’t appear to be marking much, although it’s not had very much use yet. Paint guy said it didn’t need sealing but if it looks like it will mark with makeup etc I think I will splash polycrylic on at some stage) Love reading your posts and the info and tips you put up.

  9. 7.5.17
    Dot Gallant said:

    I am a new follower of yours and I enjoy it. Have to admit I look for your email first thing every morning!
    Although I am not a true farmstyle decorator, I find myself drawn to many of your projects!
    As I read this post about your vanities, I wanted to share something that has worked beautifully for us. Our kitchen cabinets were oak and I was very tired of them! Finally convinced my husband that we should paint them.
    I washed them with a solution of warm water and TSP. Once they were thoroughly cleaned, my husband applied a thick primer, STIX, which came highly recommended at the paint store.
    We then used Benjamin Moore ADVANCE water borne interior alkyd satin finish paint. It is made specifically for kitchen and bathroom cabinets. I have used it on the vanities in both bathrooms. I recently painted a corner cabinet built by my great-grandfather in the late 1800’s and it looks fabulous! Paint dries very hard and can be easily washed. We have had virtually no chipping. We are extremely happy with this product!
    I apologize for this lengthy comment.

    • 7.5.17
      Marilyn S. said:

      Good to hear -we have just finished doing our kitchen cabinets with Advance paint too. Long story but our first color choice …. a beautiful gray ended up looking blue in our kitchen-we realized this only after all 28 cabinets were done, so off to Benjamin Moore we went . They are now cloud white and I’m thrilled with them , We loved working with the Advance and happy to hear it’s holding up nicely.

      • 7.6.17
        Sarah said:

        Good to know about the BM Advance! I’ve never used it.

        • 9.27.17
          Donna Nuttall said:

          I love your blog and I use Benjamin Moore also! I have had a lot of problems with all chalk paint! I guess I am not a fan of the wax! Thank you for all the projects you do!

    • 7.6.17
      Sarah said:

      Hi Dot! Wow, I have never heard of either of those products. I’m amazing to know your cabinets haven’t chipped at all–that is seriously impressive! I’m going to make a note of this and definitely try out those products if we ever paint our kitchen cabinets. Thankfully they’re a pretty decent color now, so I don’t plan to do it any time soon, but this is the route I will go if we do. Thanks for the info!

  10. 7.5.17
    Marilyn S. said:

    They look great but what’s more amazing is that you took on this project 9 months pregnant! You are truly gifted and are just moving in that . Bless your heart.

    • 7.6.17
      Sarah said:

      Ha, thanks Marilyn! I think part of my drive to get this done was all due to nesting. I wanted it off my mind and out of the way before baby came!!

  11. 7.6.17

    I’ve had the same problems with that chalk paint. Please let us know if you sealer starts to yellow. Thanks for the post. Your vanities look fantabulous!

    • 7.6.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Cindy, I’ll definitely share an update on how these are holding up in a few months. I’m really hoping there is no yellowing or other issues, I don’t think I can do them again!

      • 2.20.18
        Gina said:

        I’ve read that if you’re use polycrylic on white, you can add some of the paint to the poly to prevent future yellowing 🙂

    • 10.20.20
      Elaine said:

      When applying polycrylic after chalk painting did you sand in between coats

      • 10.21.20
        Sarah said:

        no, I don’t remember sanding in between coats!

  12. 7.6.17

    Looks great. My dining table really needs to be sealed but I keep putting it off. Maybe I’ll get off my tush and do it!

    • 7.6.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Chelsea, fingers crossed this holds up well!

  13. 7.6.17
    Becky said:

    It looks great. I’m sure the poly will hold up much better. Please update in a few months. My daughter wants to paint her kitchen cabinets and we keep putting it off out of fear of messing it up. If they could look as good as your vanities, she would be really happy.

    • 7.6.17
      Sarah said:

      I’ll definitely share an update on these in a few months. I’m really hoping these hold up well and I don’t have to do it again! I have yet to tackle a full kitchen cabinet project, good luck!!

  14. 7.6.17
    Pam said:

    I hate you had to re-do both vanities but man that look awesome. I’m glad to know the “finish” tip as it i TOO MUCH work to have to re-do. I agree who has time or the energy for that!!!!!!!!! Love love you bathroom!! What great tips and amazing talent you have Sarah.

  15. 7.9.17
    Lacey said:

    Did 1 quart of the chalk paint and poly cover both vanities? I’m going to redo our tv console and a couple of smaller projects soon and was wondering if I should get more than that.

  16. 7.10.17
    Lisa said:

    How tall are your vanities? I found a dresser I would like to convert to a vanity but am concerned it will be too tall.

  17. 7.14.17
    Ang said:

    I love this. I’m actually buying a dresser today to be used as a vanity that has the exact same paint combo on it (Annie Sloan chalk paint in graphite + dark wax). Do you think I can just apply the Poly product on top as-is to protect the finish or do I need to lightly sand off the wax finish first? Thanks!!

  18. 8.8.17
    Julia said:

    I’m thinking of doing the same to my bathroom vanity using rustoleum chalked paint in charcoal and then wipe on poly. I also have polyacrylic but thought wipe on poly might be easier to work with. Can you give us an update now it’s a month later, how has it held up? Do you think it’ll last a few years?

    • 8.9.17
      Sarah said:

      Hi Julia, it’s held up great in the past month. I don’t foresee having any issues with it at all actually. I chalk painted our dining table almost 2 years ago and then sealed it with poly–that’s also held up really well with daily use and water/spills/crayons, etc.

      • 9.28.17
        Melissa Wells said:

        I’m jumping on the band wagon of painted vanities and was curious if the poly you used ever yellowed on your table or vanities? Mine is painted and sitting in pieces waiting for me to decide what type of poly to use.

        • 9.28.17
          Sarah said:

          Nope, it hasn’t yellowed at all and I’ve had it on our table over a year now!

  19. 8.23.17
    Donna Albertson said:

    Hi Sarah, I am so glad I found your site. My question is did you put 2 coats of poylcrylic on the entire vanity or just on the top? I have a dresser that has been re-purposed into a bathroom vanity that will be going into my master bathroom. It wasn’t painted with chalk paint but I still feel the need to apply a couple of coats of poly to the top.

  20. 8.27.17
    Melanie hansen said:

    Is it necessary to sand between layers of polycrylic?

    • 8.27.17
      Sarah said:

      I never sand between coats of poly!

  21. 9.17.17
    Judy Schmidt said:

    I just stumbled across your bathroom redo and I’ve gotta say – it’s absolutely stunning! It’s given me some ideas for freshening up my bland master bath. Question – where did you get the mirrors?

  22. 9.23.17
    Karman Dheel said:

    Thank you for posting in such great detail. I’m a chalk-paint virgin but have been wanting to try it on a single-sink vanity in a busy bathroom. After reading your reviews, I think I’ll stick with acrylic for this project. The bathroom is small and creates a lot of moisture. I want to learn from your experience. By the way, your vanities look fantastic, and I especially love the way you trimmed the mirror with the frame and wood matting. Nicely done!

  23. 11.19.17
    Jessica said:

    First, let me say I love your vanities!! I love working with chalk paint, and I use Rustoleum. I refinish furniture for a living, so I have done many pieces. I won’t use anything but chalk paint. 2 things I’ve found that make all the difference when working with chalk paint…1)after painting I sand until I have a smooth surface(this doesn’t take long), 2)applying a glaze really helps seal the paint. When I work on a piece for a customer I always wax or poly the piece. I haven’t done either of those steps on my personal kitchen table, however, and it’s held up amazing. I must also mention that I have 4 boys, so it gets a lot of wear and tear! I’m definitely not an expert, still learning, but willing to share my findings.

  24. 12.28.17
    Terry said:

    Your floor looks amazing May I ask what it is and if you did that yourself? Love your newsletter. Thank you for putting this out to share and educate. Love it!

  25. 1.18.18
    Michele said:

    Help! I did a dresser vanity conversion and used that poly it and it left a yellow stain all over it. I have read that it happens to others. I am curious if you did anything different to keep it from yellowing. Perhaps the paint I used underneath makes a difference. I used a regular latex paint. Any advice would be extremely helpful.

    • 1.18.18
      Sarah said:

      oh no! I’m sorry to hear the poly is going yellow on you Michele. I haven’t had that happen to me (YET!) but I know it’s common. I just used the Rust-Oleum chalk paint on our vanities, so maybe that’s why it isn’t turning yellow?? Sorry I can’t be more help!

      • 1.26.18
        Denise said:

        Hello, I used the same paint the linen white rustoleum for new bathroom cabinets and an antique mirror. I did a trial run on the mirror and it left the yellowing stain. It looks good on the mirror but i don’t want it on my cabinets. What do you recommend.

        • 3.10.18
          Kendra said:

          Was it polycrylic or polyurethane (polyurethane will yellow but polycrylic shouldn’t!)

        • 11.13.18
          Christie said:

          You have to be sure to apply the polycrylic in thin coats. If it’s thick, pools or puddles it will yellow. I’ve had great experiences with Varathane Soft Touch Poly in Matte sheen. It’s very durable, I’ve never had it yellow over my paint, and it leaves the softest, smoothest feel to your furniture. Seriously, guests ask if it’s okay to pet my furniture.

    • 3.10.18
      Kendra said:

      Was it polycrylic or polyurethane (polyurethane will yellow but polycrylic shouldn’t!)

  26. 2.10.18
    lisa said:

    Hi. I love the vanities and the whole bathroom look. Great job. I am renovating a bathroom now and was going to do the present cabinet over and put a granite top on it. Wanted to use chalk paint in paris gray then do a dark wax over it. Do you think that you can do the wax and then do the Poly coat over that? I love using chalk paint and I love the look of it. Considering using the rustoleum brand after reading your review too. Thanks. Lisa

    • 11.13.18
      Christie said:

      Wax is always last – unless you specifically buy a water based wax. Most waxes are oil based and if you try to apply poly over it, the poly will peel off/not adhere at all. You can apply the poly, allow it to dry for 4-5 days and apply the wax over that. But, in a bathroom, the heat and humidity causes wax to soften and melt so you’d probably end up smearing it or wiping it off completely after cleaning it a few times. It’s generally not recommended to use wax in the kitchen or bath areas. If you’re wanting the antique look in those areas use a glaze instead.

      • 9.1.20
        kristen davis said:

        what is the brand of glaze you use?

  27. 2.25.18
    jeanine said:

    Hi Sarah!
    Please excuse me if this question has already been asked but I’m really curious about two things, first when you try to paint originally with the chalk paint and the wax did it completely cure for a month as suggested? And also when repainted I’ve always heard poly over white yellows eventually did you have a problem at all?
    Thanks I love your review

  28. 3.12.18
    Melissa Mullinax said:

    Question. Do you think this would work for a standard laminate countertop in the bathroom??? Thank you!

    • 3.14.18
      Sarah said:

      Do you mean to paint the countertop? I don’t know how that would hold up, I’ve never tried that. Maybe worth a shot?!

  29. 4.14.18
    Alayna Valters said:

    Hi Sarah, I loved your post as well! The linen white looks so fresh on those cabinets. It’s now April, how has the finish held up so far?

    • 4.15.18
      Sarah said:

      Good question! They’re holding up so much better. No dings or marks like before with the wax. Much improved!! However there is still some water issues around the faucet which I need to figure out a better solution for…but otherwise it’s perfect!!

      • 8.20.18
        Kim said:

        probably need to put some plumbers putty or silicone underneath the fuacet so it does not seep under the faucet and into the wood… then use a little more of he polycrylic around where the faucet meets the dresser.

  30. 5.4.18
    Rika said:

    Hi Sarah. Thanx for the honesty. I love the painted projects especially on old furniture. We build ourselves a farmhouse and are doing our cupboards, vanities and kitchen ourselves. All painted offcourse! We did the kitchen paint in a polvin (a lot cheaper than chalk paint) and sealed it with the poly. Hated working with the poly. But now I use waterbased enamel on all my projects as it is very durable and hard wearing. The greatest advantage for me is that I only have to put 3 coats and I am done. No additional waxing or applying the poly. The finish is very smooth with no brush strokes. I suppose if you paint the older furniture some prep and a basecoat or primer will be needed, but in the end the lifespan of the project will keep much longer! Love your blog, looking forward to many great ideas to come! Greeting from Rika South Africa

  31. 5.9.18
    Patty said:

    I’m so glad I read this as I was about to chalk paint my vanity! So do you still suggest using the Rustoleum and Minwax poly on a piece that has not been painted before? Or would you use something else?
    Thank you so much, you saved me!

    • 5.9.18
      Sarah said:

      Yes definitely. The poly is the key–that will protect your piece MUCH better than the wax. At least that’s been my experience. These vanities are still holding up really well!

      • 5.29.18
        Trish said:

        Have you ever made your own chalk paint? The only kind I have ever used is home made and I love it!! I use Behr satin or eggshell paint with plaster or paris and water. It goes on well, even thought it is thinner, and you do have to sand in between coats, but it has such a soft silky finish to it in the end. I coat with polycrylic if it will be heavily used as well!

        • 5.30.18
          Sarah said:

          No I haven’t tried it yet but I really want to! Sounds awesome. Need to add that to my project list. Thanks for sharing Trish!

          • 10.18.18

            I cringed when I read your readers suggestion of using plaster of paris. It is really dangerous to use. There are people who have done the DIY way of making chalk paint by using plaster of paris and have inhaled the dust. It is extremely harmful long term to your lungs. I’m reading all of the posts of dis-satisfaction with products that yellow or don’t hold up to water. I’m all about taking care of our bodies and the environment, I have a line that is Zero VOC/Non-Toxic called Chalky Paints & Finishes and the paint is really durable. I suggest if you’re painting pieces that are in a kitchen, bathroom or outdoors that you use my Marine Varnish. It’s made for boats so it holds up great and, it won’t yellow! Whether you check out my products or not, please stay away from plaster of paris, the dust hardens when it hits your moist lungs! Paint & Finish safe 🙂

          • 11.13.18
            Christie said:

            Pixie Dust Paint Company makes a product called Liquid Pixie that is a liquid chalk and mineral paint additive to make your own chalk paint. It’s very reasonably priced and makes a great durable chalk paint when added to those wonderful 99 cent paint samples by Behr (or brand of choice). Powdered paint additives like plaster of paris and calcium carbonate, due to their chemical makeup,the particles are attracted to each other even after having been thoroughly dissolved in water, This causes little tiny white specks in your final paint coat that are so difficult to cover. It’s like a fly in the ointment and so frustrating! Liquid Pixie doesn’t do this and gives you and endless amount of colors to choose from. I don’t sell the stuff. I’m just an avid fan and user of it!

  32. 6.10.18
    Becky said:

    These are beautiful and definitely well worth the extra love to find the right finish. I’ve often shield away from chalk paint because I want the finish to be extra durable.

    In high water areas (and on outside pieces) I’ve often finished off (or sometimes, mixed in) yacht varnish. I find this holds up well against water and weather.

    I was therefore very interest with your choice of finish and I think I will try that out too. Thank you.

  33. 7.5.18
    Renee said:

    I am wanting to just clarify, did you put one coat of the poly on? And did you put it just on the top or on the drawers as well?

  34. 7.25.18
    Helen said:

    I am chalk painting my bathroom linen tower and after finding this post, I got really excited about the project. So I have the tower painted and it looks great. I was very careful with the polycrylic, stirring very slowly and carefully, I dipped in my nice new Purdy nylox brush and as soon as I began to apply the finish, it started to bubble and drip terribly! I attempted to lightly load the brush but the same thing happened! There are bubbles and drips everywhere. I even tried a foam brush but the same happened? What did I do wrong? I sanded the bubbles but they are still visible (320 grit). I’m so bummed, I can’t leave my cabinet unprotected in a bathroom with no windows. Your vanities are just so gorgeous!

  35. 10.4.18
    Gail Sanderson said:

    I used Rustoleum Chalk paint and their flat top coat which is a poly on my bedroom set, and it yellowed on the first piece. I sanded and switched to their clear wax, which I can get away with on the bedroom furniture. I believe it pulled the tannins through the paint from the wood underneath. I want to still use a white chalk paint on my entertainment unit in the living room, which gets a lot of use. So I think my plan will be to prime everything with a water based primer first, then chalk paint, then use Generals clear satin poly.

  36. 10.12.18
    Kelly said:

    I just paint my diublecvanity and mirror combo in rust oleum chalk paint white line.
    I have not clear coated it yet.
    Please tell me does the clear coat turn the chalk paint yellow?

  37. 2.17.19
    Nattyb said:

    Thank you for your candid descriptions & info. I’m thinking of redoing my kitchen cabinets using chalk paint & I just wondered if you think the chalk paint & polycyclic combo would be enough to keep cabinets intact with the heat & grease in a kitchen.

  38. 2.20.19
    Emmeline said:

    Thank you so much for writing this blog, I’m researching ways to dress up my bathroom easily but effectively and you provided some really clear and easy to understand tips here, much appreciated, thank you. Your bathroom looks amazing! 🙂

  39. 3.15.19
    Tiffany said:

    Sarah, did you poly just the top or the whole piece? Thanks!

  40. 3.27.19
    Joe Q said:

    Thanks for all the great tips and insight about chalk painting. I have gotten involved with this technique within the last few months and I really enjoy experimenting with different painting techniques. I am getting ready to retire and am looking forward to many more projects. I have used Annie Sloan paint, Martha Stewart paint (too much odor) and Behr chalk paint. I find that the Behr is easiest to use and yields the best results for me. I agree that if you are using a piece in a bathroom or kitchen the wax finish is challenging and needs constant maintenance—who wants that! I have not tried the Polycrylic finish but I am going out tonight to get some and try it out.

  41. 4.27.19
    Melissa said:

    Love the way these vanities turned out! I just purchased a dresser to turn into a vanity and I’m trying to figure out what paint to use. I want a solid look (not distressed). When I do chalk paint I usually sand each coat so that it doesn’t have that gritty feel. I’m afraid sanding will distress it though. Did you sand yours or just poly over the chalk paint?

  42. 7.9.19
    Tina said:

    Hi. I was thinking about painting g my vanity with chalk paint until I read your review. Thank you!
    I was wondering how you prepped the vanity before you used the other paint? Do I have to sand it down? If so ugh. Lol

  43. 8.13.19
    Chelly Pike said:

    Wow! Looks great! Was wondering how the new finish is holding up. Just chalk painted a cabinet for my bathroom this weekend and I was looking at the polycrylic but some reviews say it turns yellow, which I definitely don’t want.

  44. 8.27.19
    Tracy said:

    Do I have to sand my dresser down 1st before I paint it with chalk paint? It’s for a vanity in my bathroom

  45. 10.15.19
    Wendy said:

    I’m about to do a dresser for a vanity as well. So do you think that a chalk paint with minwax polycrylic over the top work well in a bathroom?

    Please advise.

    • 10.16.19
      Sarah said:

      Yes, I would def do the poly over the top if you’re doing chalk paint!

  46. 11.14.19
    Ann Stanton said:

    I loved this video. I am now motivated to try it myself on our bedroom dressers. I’ve already purchased the Rustoleum Chalk paint in Charcoal and I have the Polycrylic too! Could you use this same method on kitchen cabinets. Ours are boring and need a facelift. Your thoughts?
    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

  47. 1.8.20
    Jane said:

    Hi I wanted to know what other sizes faucet can I use ?

  48. 2.23.20
    Sandi Blanton said:

    I’m so thankful I found, and read your blog. I’m getting ready to paint an old dresser for a bathroom vanity. I was set on using chalk paint, but now I think I’ll stick with white satin and Polycrylic. Did you sand between coats of poly? Also…would you use oil or water-based paint?

  49. 7.12.20
    Stephanie said:

    Thank you for all of your helpful tips! I’m actually about to repaint my bathroom cabinets. I would like to distress them a bit, though. I’ve never used chalk paint but plan to on this project. So would I paint with the chalk paint, distress, then use the poly on top? Did you use poly on the entire vanity (drawers too)? Thanks so much!

  50. 10.29.20
    Faye Hall said:

    I am waiting for my sink, getting ready to prep the dresser. Trusting your Minwax Polycrlic does waterproof my dresser top 😄

  51. 12.8.20
    Honey said:

    Hi 👋🏼! Your vanity renovation posts have been very helpful. Thanks!
    I’ll be starting with the 80s-style vanity color and finish that you originally had in your bathroom. I plan to use Chalked Rustoleum in aged gray, distress a bit, and the smoked glaze over that. It looks like I should then finish with the clear polycrilic in satin? Does this sound like the correct plan…AND do I “need” to use a fancy $ chalk paint brush???

  52. 1.11.21
    Mary Filice said:

    How is the poly holding up to water?

    • 11.19.23
      Rosie said:

      I am wondering the same as well. Did you need to repaint after some time? Is the paint under it still holding up?

  53. 8.19.21

    Oh geez Louise, now you’ve convinced me I can paint my kitchen cabinet doors AGAIN. I think I have more productive things to do and can hopefully make the money to have a pro do it. I LOVE to paint, I HATE to prep.

  54. 2.2.24
    Cheryl Thomas said:

    I’m going to do this to my bathroom in the spring. I want it to be warmer so that Insont have to worry about it being too cold to paint. I love that you used chalk paint and I want to follow your instructions. Thanks so much, Sarah. If I have questions, I’ll let you know!

  55. 6.6.24
    Jewel said:

    Hi, I’m so glad I found this! Your bathroom looks so beautiful, you did amazing! I just purchased and I’m waiting for my Annie Sloan chalk paint, wax and wax brush to arrive. I ordered old white with the wax to redo my bathroom vanities. I originally bought paint at Lowes but I didn’t like the look on the patch I did (not smooth) so I found Annie Sloan’s paints. Do you think the chalk paint will hold up if I use the polycrylic topcoat instead of the wax? The vanities have already been lightly sanded and sprayed with a mold blocking primer (advice from Lowes)? I’m completely new to this world lol. Any advice would be appreciated!