The Best $20 DIY Navy Blue & Gold Painted Vanity Bathroom Makeover

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The Best $20 DIY Navy Blue & Gold Painted Vanity Bathroom Makeover

I have the best, DIY Navy Blue & Gold Bathroom Makeover with a painted vanity, painted floors and brand new fixtures. You’re going to love the look and how easy it is to recreate if for about $20.00. This post is part of the One Room Challenge and I’ve been working away at updating our Guest Bathroom, DIY style over a six week period. Are you ready for some awesome before and afters?!?the one room challenge logo

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WHY YOU SHOULD PAINT YOUR BATHROOM VANITY

Before I show you the before and beautiful after photos, it’s important to discuss the why behind my decision to paint the bathroom vanity navy blue. Before committing to a painted vanity, I read over 100 articles on painting furniture and took two hands on painting classes.

Next, I researched and learned about multiple types of paint and after experimenting, with chalk paint, milk paint, rusotleum, and acrylic paint I was able to make an informed decision. At this point I have multiple pieces of painted furniture in my house and I am extremely comfortable with it’s reliability and how well it holds up.

My preference for vanity paint is 100% General Finishes Milk Paint. I love the quality and ease of use. It goes on smoothly, self levels, and looks flawless. This paint holds up great to rough kids and slamming doors. There isn’t another paint I recommend more. For this project, I chose to paint the vanity navy blue by custom mixing Lamp Black and Klein Blue paint until it was a rich navy color. Additionally the cost for the entire vanity was $20.00 and I used the excess paint to paint a kitchen table. 

A quart of General Finishes is $34 and can easily cover multiple projects, bringing down the cost of the vanity paint project. 

BUILDER BASIC BATHROOM: BEFORE

First, let me show you a few photos of my builder basic bathroom. This is the full bathroom upstairs that the kids use daily. It has two doors, one connected to a bedroom and one to the upper hallway, which means it is also the guest bathroom upstairs. It has an awkward layout because of the two doors and the placement in our floor plan. Due to the stair placement in our home, there isn’t a way change the current layout without significant cost.

Taking that into consideration, painting the vanity and painting the vinyl floors was definitely the most cost effective way to update this bathroom and give it a lux feel on a dollar store budget. 

Here are the before photos. The bathroom isn’t terrible it’s just basic. It has basic lights, a standard clip in mirror, builder cabinet, and beige vinyl flooring. Maybe it’s a little terrible, but you get used to it. 

Prior to this bathroom makeover, I painted the vanity with a light blue Sherwin Williams paint, similar to Blissful Blue.

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In case you missed the previous week updates and DIY tips, here’s a recap of the weeks you missed:

Week 1- Inspiration for the Navy Blue & Gold Bathroom Makeover

Week 2- DIY Painted Vanity Tips 

Week 3- Floor Stenciling Tips 

Week 4- How to Paint Vinyl Floors

DIY Navy Blue & Gold Painted Vanity: How To

  1. Tape. Tape off the floor and walls. You should tape the vanity counter top so that paint doesn’t get onto it. I prefer frog Tape. It has a really great seal. 

  2. Arm yourself with good supplies. 

    • Wooster Brush. Best. Can’t beat it. I have a 2″ and a 3″ angled brush.

    • General Finishes Milk Paint

    • Handy Paint Pail with liners. Not only the perfect size for DIY projects, the clear liners make it easy to custom mix color and be able to see the color. And even better, they added a magnet to the inside top to hold the brush. GENIUS.
    • screwdriver to remove hardware and doors.
  3. Remove the Doors. Remove hardware from the doors. You have to remove the cabinet doors; don’t skip this step. A self leveling paint works best on doors (because the have an inset) if you lay the doors flat while painting them and while they dry. Tip: prop the doors up with solo cups.

  4. Paint the backs of the doors first. You want to paint the back of the doors and let them dry. If the backs are painted first, when it is time to paint the fronts, you don’t run the risk of making small indents (from the cups) while they are drying. If you were to paint the fronts first, you would have to lay them face down. While this is really hardy paint, you want to minimize any damage during the curing period.
  5. Apply thin, even coats of paint. Paint in the same direction with long strokes. Don’t worry if it looks like the paint doesn’t fully cover on the first coat. By the third coat it should have full coverage with no problems.
  6. Smooth out any blobs and drips right away.
  7. Next, paint the vanity itself using the same method of thin coats in the same direction without brushing back and forth over the area too much. Don’t overwork the paint. Swipe up any drips. Paint with the grain. 
  8. Let the doors and cabinets dry for the recommended recoat time. I am admittedly impatient. I waited until it was dry to the touch and did not smudge then applied the next coat. It was approximately an hour. Here is the official info on curing time, but it doesn’t address recoat time which is sooner than dry time.  GF Info in drying & curing time.
  9. Continue with a third coat of paint if needed. 
  10. The most important step: Seal with a topcoat. This is best done after a solid few days of drying time. You should use a polyacrylic topcoat. Apply the topcoat and allow to cure.
  11. After the doors have cured, you can reattach them to the vanity. 
  12. Reinstall hardware on the doors. 

REVEAL

Are you ready to see the finished Navy Blue and Gold Bathroom Makeover? The time has come to show off how this amazing project turned out. Starting from the top down, the light fixture and mirror were replaced with beautiful black and gold fixtures. The vanity is painted navy blue in a custom mix by General Finishes. 

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A great way to see the transformation is with a side by side.

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There’s no way to say it- toilets aren’t the most beautiful things to look at, but a great way to give the bathroom a pulled together look is by adding artwork and greenery above the throne. 

Tip: Throw a handful of lavender Epsom salts into a decorative cup and your bathroom will smell as relaxing as it feels.

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If you’ve kept up with my Instagram stories, you’ve seen the wallpaper poll. While I didn’t want to wallpaper the entire bathroom, a little navy and gold to tie in the vanity was just what these open shelves needed. You voted YES to wallpaper and this pattern overwhelmingly won. It’s perfect for this space. {Wallpaper: Devine Color Celestial available at Target}

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DIY PAINTED VINYL FLOORS

Let’s talk about UGLY floors. Did you know you can paint vinyl floors?? Check out these painted floors!!! The stenciled black Cutting Edge Nola Stencil on crisp white is a huge upgrade from the beige vinyl flooring that is underneath all of that paint. 

Because hand painted cement tiles are in style right now, I decided to DIY the flooring and paint for a cement tile look. Why paint?  I chose paint over tile for a few reasons:

  1. the cost is a lot cheaper, there is no cost for tiling tools
  2. it was easier to DIY the painting alone vs learning to lay and grout tile
  3. kids- they ruin everything!! I didn’t want to run the risk of a DIY tile job that lends itself to easier breaking.

 Vinyl might be ugly, but it is durable, so for us, painting made sense. You can see the full tutorial on How to Paint Vinyl Floors here

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CUSTOM LIGHTING

One of my favorite features is this light fixture- I LOVE LOVE it. I went to the Ferguson lighting showroom to search for the perfect light and this fixture tied in the gold/brass mixed metal colors throughout the bathroom perfectly. 

It was a quick switch out that made a huge difference from builder grade to a really custom looking bathroom. While I love this fixture, I will note that if you are going to spend money on a new light fixture, make sure you know how much light the room needs, whether you like warm or cool light and whether the fixture you choose will be sufficient.

In my case, these bulbs are warm and dim. Luckily, we get great natural light on this side of the house (even with blinds) so the natural light is the primary lighting source and the sconce is decorative. At night, I could not put on makeup with this lighting. So, be mindful of your preferences and what you need for the space when choosing lighting for a room.

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#Anthrofinds

Lastly, I found these gems at Anthropologie and I fell in love. They are solid yet delicate looking and coordinate perfectly with the other mixed metals in this bathroom.

One of the challenges of this bathroom is that there isn’t any wall space for a towel bar. The window takes up all wall space (but I wouldn’t trade that natural light for anything) so using shelves and towel hooks was a great alternative.

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HOW TO GET THE MOST FOR YOUR MONEY

In the end, while I would LOVE a fully tiled shower and floor, as well as a new toilet and faucets, this bathroom update was a DIY budget makeover. I wanted to create something that was reproducible by anyone wanting to make a few updates on their own with a small budget. Painting a bathroom vanity is a great way to make a huge impact on the room’s decor with a small budget and a little sweat equity. 

Here is the final source list and budget breakdown:

Total: $479

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Comments · 11

  1. Hey Thanks! I’m so glad you’re going to paint the floors! They are going to look awesome. I am happy to say the floors stay clean looking. You would think with stark white it would show dirt, but I think because it’s in the kids bathroom we don’t wear shoes and it stays clean and white looking. I am a little past the one year mark and they look great!

  2. Hi – your bathroom looks darling. I am about to paint my bathroom floor with the same Nola stencil. Did you find the bathroom floor often looks dirty where the white portion of the floor is? I am debating doing a stencil that has more coverage..?

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