Our Bathroom Makeover: Painted Vanity and Wall Stencil Details

Our bathroom renovation: painted vanity and wall stencil details

I I have enjoyed all of your kind comments on the simple makeovers around our house so much lately! Today I wanted to do a follow-up post on our bathroom remodel reveal so I can answer a few of your more specific questions.

If you missed the reveal message with all the details of the bathroom remodel, you can see it here.

I had a lot of vanity and stencil questions so today I’m going to share a few more details.

As a reminder, here is the front bathroom!

Our bathroom renovation: painted vanity and wall stencil details

The painted details of the vanity.

We painted the vanity with Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in the color Shepherdess. It’s not chalk paint, but it’s similar in that it gave the vanity a cottage, antique furniture vibe. The only preparation we did on our cabinet was to clean the vanity. Next, we taped off the counters, removed the hardware, and covered the entire cabinet with a few coats of milk paint!

We could have sanded it a bit first (it’s a very shiny piece!) But we didn’t because it has so many ornate details that it would have been difficult to sand. I’m sure the sanding would have made the application even better, but we mixed in a Miss Mustard Seed Bonding Agent which helped it stick. Courtney recently used the same milk paint in the marzipan color on a wood cabinet with no sanding and no bonding agent, and it stuck very well without it so that could depend on the finish.

This article shares more details on surface preparation suggestions! This page has more information on using paint, mixing colors, techniques and finishing options. We haven’t applied a topcoat to ours yet, but I think we’ll add it soon.

The details of the stencil.

Our bathroom renovation: painted vanity and wall stencil details

We painted Benjamin Moore’s Simply White walls (the same white as most of our floors). Then we used this stencil (which reminded me of that Serena & Lily wallpaper that I adore) and painted it with Glidden’s Night Sky Gray, the same color as my son’s bedroom. We used these stencil brushes.

My husband is the one who painted with the stencil. He had never used a stencil before and it was a fairly simple project for a beginner! The stencil comes with some helpful instructions, so be sure to refer to it. We are not stencil experts :).

The graphic below shows how you can line it up to create a continuous pattern! Fortunately, since the stencil has a hand-drawn look with intentional imperfections, it is very forgiving! This is one of the reasons we chose this one, we wanted it to be hand drawn with a more carefree pattern. There were even a few small sections hand painted by my husband instead of using the stencil (like around outlet switches) so you can make it work in any space!

We only stenciled one wall, but that would be cute on more walls if you wanted to go around the room.

Our bathroom renovation: painted vanity and wall stencil details

I love how it makes it look like budget wallpaper and so much easier if you don’t have perfectly smooth square walls. And if we don’t like it later, we’ll just paint on it!

I have collected some cute stencils and decals HERE.

Our bathroom renovation: painted vanity and wall stencil details

If you missed the reveal with all of the bathroom remodel details, click HERE.