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Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

You know those projects that you complete 80% of the room and think to yourself, “This is good for now. I’ll do the rest in a day or two.” Yup, the boy’s bathroom was one such 80 percenter. I finally took the time to finish the last 20 percent of this bathroom makeover by giving it a refresh with some paint and new knobs.

The bathroom used to look like this:

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

But, before that, it looked like this:

I find it comical that I took an underwater themed bathroom and gave it a seaside retreat feel. I guess you could say I pulled this big whopper from within the ocean and laid it out on the beach. LOL.

Let’s break it down now. Here’s how to paint a bathroom vanity so it will withstand the abuse of two young boys:

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(Before I painted the vanity, I gave the mirror frame a quick coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. I gently sanded the frame and added Miss Mustard Seed antiquing wax to give it an aged and distressed look.)

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

Clean off the vanity with a gentle all purpose cleaner or a damp rag.

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

Remove all the doors and drawers. You can leave the dummy panel on the top if you don’t want to go through the hassle of removing it. Remove any knobs or hardware.

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

Protect the vanity counter top with painter’s tape. Also, cover the floor and the wall where the vanity meets the wall with painter’s tape.

Rough up the vanity surface with the sanding sponge.

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

Paint the vanity with two coats of Valspar Paint + Primer in Beige Shadow.

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

Replace the doors and drawers once they are dry. To protect the bottom of the drawers, add adhesive shelf liner. (Because you NEVER know what two  young boys will spill or store in those drawers!)

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

Apply 3-5 coats of polycrylic protective finish to the entire vanity. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next one.

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

Re-attach or add new knobs to your vanity.

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

Stand back and admire!

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

You can read my tutorial for adding a decorative wall shelf.

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

The opposite wall still has my branch towel bar.

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

And I recently added those Waterlogue vacation photos. You can read the tutorial for making your own watercolor art and matting it like a pro.

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

You can also follow my tutorial for installing board and batten and decorative moulding.

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

I’m not sure why it took me 3 years to finish this bathroom.

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

The resulting refresh feels soooo…well refreshing!

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

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Disclosure: As a #LowesCreator, I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase supplies for this post. I was not told what to write. All ideas and words are my own.


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45 replies
  1. Marion
    Marion says:

    This is outstanding. I LOVE it. Want to improve our bathrooms like this…but with a snap of my finger. you work so hard! Great before/after!!!

  2. Maggie S
    Maggie S says:

    It looks wonderful! I went and looked at your B & B tutorial –great directions. I’d love to do it for my bath off the family room but the walls are concrete–any suggestions?
    I don’t know how to nail into the wall –Would just using adhesive work?
    Love your blog!

  3. Debbie C in MN
    Debbie C in MN says:

    I have a question about the mirror. Did you hang a different mirror with a frame or did you add a frame to the existing mirror? I have the same one and would like to add a frame or moulding to it.

  4. Joy
    Joy says:

    I am a total DIY novice. Could I do the same thing for kitchen cabinets or do you recommend another product and technique?

    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Joy, I definitely know you could paint your kitchen cabinets. Because there are usually a lot more cabinets to paint, you may want to check into the Benjamin Moore Advance paint or Sherwin Williams ProClassic. They both have a hardener in them to protect the paint from dings, etc. I would also recommend priming. Kitchen cabinets seem to take more of a beating than bathroom vanities.

  5. Whitney
    Whitney says:

    My first time here and I already love your blog! Your boys’ bathroom looks so great. Being a designer, I definitely feel like paint is the best way to update or refresh a space.


  6. Cindy
    Cindy says:

    Okay, the original décor of the bathroom made me laugh!! My husband was sent to run some errands with our 4 year old son. One of the items on his list was to pick up a shower curtain for our son’s bathroom. I figured, this shouldn’t be too hard for him to decide. So when my husband and son returned, they proceeded to head over to the bathroom to install the new shower curtain. My heart sank, I was literally taken aback! My husband came home with a bright blue shower curtain which featured dolphins! He looked at me and said, “I didn’t pick it out, he did!” Suffice it to say, it didn’t match the existing décor of the bathroom. I love your bathroom remodel! It’s beautiful.

    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      LOL. Our bathroom came complete with the wallpaper border and “matching” shower curtain. I bet the previous owner’s kids picked it out too. At least they enjoyed it for several years before I changed the bathroom.

  7. Cheryl Ellenburg
    Cheryl Ellenburg says:

    Love your web site and this bathroom. Did you change the vanity top in the boy’s new bath room? I read all the comments and no one mentioned it, but the new bath’s vanity top looks so much brighter and whiter.

  8. Beverly
    Beverly says:

    Where did you get all your seaside/beachy decorations?! (for someone who lives no where close to water, I am having a heck of a time finding beachy decor for my bathroom!)

  9. Kimberly SEale
    Kimberly SEale says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I am quite curious if you added the mirror frame to the existing mirror or did you take out the old mirror and get a whole new one. I noticed that in the first picture, there was no frame on the mirror. I have a mirror with no frame and it looks like it needs one!

  10. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    Hi, I have a project like that waiting game for me… question: how do you attach a frame to a mirror already on the wall? I wouldn’t want to remove the mirror and damage it, so I’m thinking that there should be a way to attach a frame to it. Can you advise ?

    Thank you so much!

  11. Leslie
    Leslie says:

    How has the vanity held up with the Polycrylic? I’m thinking of using that for my kitchen cabinets but I’m wondering how well it holds up over time

  12. Tanya G
    Tanya G says:

    We just purchased our home (early 90s build) and the bathrooms and paint were beautifully maintained, but still in the 90s. I love your suggestions. Could we swap out that particular paint for a chalk paint? I like that it seems to be more eco-friendly.


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