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One Room Challenge - Week 3 - Painting the Vanity

Updated: Nov 25, 2019

Hey, friends! Glad to see you back for another week - tracking my progress as a guest participant of the One Room Challenge! Don't forget to check out those featured designers - lots of new things to look at!


Here is a quick look at my current status, plus a couple of links in case you missed the first two posts: week 1 | week 2.

We've been getting a lot done around here (my husband and I). I am thrilled with the outcome, so far, and relieved to have that vanity completed, including the new quartz countertop! It looks so much more finished with the antique brass knobs.

vanity and sink area

Sanding and painting was a lot of work, but so worth it! They went from plain and generic to having lots of personality!

In this time, we had a new quartz countertop and undermount sink installed professionally. There are many things we do ourselves, but the countertops and sink install were ones we were willing to pay to have the professionals do!

We have also installed the faucet, hung the mirror and new light fixture, plus the towel ring and toilet paper holder. It is great to have the bathroom in working order with a working sink!

Remember this is where we started...with the original vanity with large rectangular mirror and the tile countertop and backsplash.

condition of the original vanity and countertop
BEFORE - powder room vanity and countertop


Here is a look at the process of getting the cabinets sanded, primed, sanded again, and then painted. I ended up applying two coats of paint on the base cabinet, but three or four coats on the doors and drawers (lightly sanding between each and EVERY coat). These couple of photos are showing the primer and not the final paint color.

Set up in the garage for sanding, priming and painting the vanity doors and drawers
the set up for painting the vanity

I set up some sawhorses in the garage to give me a dedicated work space to create. I can make a mess out there and not worry about dripping paint or flying dust!

getting ready to sand and paint
paint can and sanding blocks

progress of powder room vanity - sanded and primed, with doors and drawers removed
vanity - sanded and primed

ORC - Week 3 Updated Mood Board


I have been all over the map trying to find art for the powder room. I first explored flamingos, then changed to parrots. Well, the story is not over yet because I changed my mind, again!

My final choice is a piece of contemporary art in a lush fuchsia composition. The reasons I know this is my absolute final choice are: I love it, plus it has been ordered and is a final sale. What do you think? Yep, vivid, bold, fun! I am now biting my nails, a little concerned that it may not arrive in time, before my final reveal on November 8, 2018. The website states delivery is three to four weeks. If it is three weeks from order, I am good, if it is four weeks, well, that will be after the reveal. Please, please, pretty picture, arrive within three weeks!

powder room art


My to do list this week:

  • Hang wallpaper

  • Finish cutting and painting trim to frame the wallpaper

  • Check on status/pick up tile order (for backsplash)

  • Check on status of art shipment

painted door, wallpaper, and area rug

That is about it for this week! Join in and follow what I am up to on Instagram! Have a fantastic weekend!

Until next time, Valerie

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Such a beautiful design. Great work so far on the vanity. Hope your art comes in. If not, maybe a DIY canvas is in order?


Looks great! Love the botanical theme and color scheme, and the art looks like it will go great in the room! - Em / La Casa, La Selva

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