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Budget Friendly Bathroom Makeover


Bathrooms don’t have to cost a small fortune to make a huge change. If your bathroom is structurally in good condition you can update it with a minimal cost. Take this bathroom built in 1988, some would look at this and immediately want to rip it out and start from scratch. The problem is, it can cost 5,000+ and sometimes it’s just not in the budget. So, What’s the solution?

In the late 80’s this was a popular color. I know this because the  house I bought in 1980 had a pink bathroom and I think I even liked it. Check it out, even the counter top and sink is pink. The good news is this is a quick fix. You wont believe the transformation.

Bathroom Makeover


Did you know you can paint the counter top and sink?

Bathroom Makeover

In this case the sink is part of the counter top. Now I must admit this is the first time I’ve painted the inside of a sink. But if you think about it the sink is made of the same materials as the counter top, so why wouldn’t it hold up. It’s all in the prep. Here are the step by step instructions. If you want to change the faucet do it  before you paint.

#1: Sand the counter top and sink with 320 grit sand paper. It gives it “tooth” and takes the sheen off. Then clean then with TSP .This is the most important step to make the paint stick.

#2: Paint the counter top with 2 coats of primer, I like to use Stix. Use a  6 ” sponge roller to apply the primer. Let primer dry 2-3 hours between coats


#3: Paint the counter top and sink with 2 coats of Advance paint from Benjamin Moore. Again use a 6″ sponge roller. allow paint to dry 8 hours between coats. You can use any color you want.

Advance paint

#4: Apply 3-4 coats of Polycrylic semi gloss clear

Minwax Polycrylic finish

Here’s the results. Looks like a brand new sink and counter.

Bathroom Makeover

Now here’s how you paint the cabinets!

Follow steps 1-3 the same steps as you did on the counter tops. Tint the paint to the desired color. There is no need to use a sealer on the cabinets. The transformation is amazing! Not to mention it will save you thousands of dollars. Get my 7 Cabinet Painting Tips for FREE here!

Bathroom Makeover

Bathroom Makeover

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Blessings, Cheryl

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