Anonymous Gray Painted Bathroom Vanity

Sometimes you live with something really ugly.

And it’s so ugly, that you ignore it.

You almost forget what it is, because you see the ugly every day.

But it doesn’t change what IT is.

This is my “it.”

Painted Bathroom Vanity

Meet the vanity of our bathroom.  Someone once did one coat (NO PRIMER) of paint over wood cabinets, and left it.  And we moved in with intentions to change it, and accidentally left it.  Sometimes renovating a kitchen gets in the way.  Maybe having a baby does too.

Then one day, you break.  So long, Uggo.


I took off all the doors with haste.

When I see this picture, I CRINGE knowing that I left it like this for 2.5 years.  This should have been the first thing I fixed.  I’m counting on my internet friends to slap me next time I make a poor judgement call.

Painted Bathroom Vanity

Meet your death, cream puff.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets

I don’t have hostility.  Just determination.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets

I used Sherwin-Williams Anonymous Gray.  It was a nice dark warm gray to cover up the rotten milk color.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets

And suddenly, it wasn’t ugly anymore.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets


And if you give a blogger a paint brush… she’ll redo the whole room.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets


More on this can of worms next time.



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  • Cassie Bustamante

    aaaah soooo much better!

    • Kenz


  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    Yup, I sighed like Cassie and agree. SO MUCH BETTER!

    • Kenz

      A good paint job definitely deserves a sign of relief!

  • Katja | Shift Ctrl ART

    What a difference. I can’t wait to see more of what you did :)

    • Kenz

      Thanks Katja! It’s definitely more of a surface job. YOUR bathroom reno is pretty deep!

  • Vickie Medley

    I’m glad to see grey being used more. It’s not the drab color that it used to be…thank goodness. Great job!!!

    • Kenz

      A warm gray is just so beautiful!

  • Rita

    I wouldn’t slap you for the choice you made. Functional always trumps ugly in my book (which would explain why it took so long for us to give a relatively quick update to our own ugly bathroom). And there are only so many hours in the day. Making kitchens and babies takes time! But I do know how good it feels to get rid of the ugly. Isn’t it amazing what paint can do?!

    • Kenz

      It really is SO true. I’m a huge paint advocate. It is very refreshing to see it painted correctly.

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    haha can’t wait to see the rest of the room! We bloggers are tricky people… I once meant to just move a chair and ended up rearranging like 3 rooms

    • Kenz

      Tricky is right! We are a special breed.

  • emily @ go haus go

    It looks so good! Love the color you chose… and now I’m dying to hear about the rest of the room… and that wallpaper!

    • Kenz

      How juicy is that wallpaper?!

  • Michelle {decorandthedog}

    Looking mighty fine. What took you so long? 😉

    • Kenz

      Right?? I’ve been asking myself that ever since I finished it.

  • Shannon Wilson

    I love how it looks! Did you paint the inside of the cabinets the same color too? I have some kitchen cabinets that I want to paint white, but I don’t know if I’m “supposed to” go inside…any advice? Also, you sanded them down before you painted right?

    • Kenz

      I didn’t paint the whole inside. Just the inside edge. I attached a picture to show what I mean. I actually didn’t sand these down. I used a high quality paint with a strong primer mixed in. Since it was for the bathroom, I wasn’t worried.
      For a kitchen, here’s what I would do. I wouldn’t sand, but I would scrub them down with a deglosser. You can get that in the paint section at Home Depot/Lowes. Then I would use a strong primer like Kilz or Zissner. Then use a glossy paint. Then seal with a polyurethane. Kitchen cabinets are more work. But if you do them right, they will be more durable and really hold up well. Let me know if you have more questions on that!! I LOVVVVE your table that you and the mr built. You guys are fantastic.

      • Shannon Wilson

        Hmm… Sweet! Thank you lady! There are so many millions of ways to do one thing in dealing with cabinets, it’s a total pain! I do like your advice though and you’re right, it’s worth it to put in more work and make sure they hold up longer.

        And thank you! You’re so sweet! We used Ana White’s blog for all of our plans on the table. Have you used any of her plans before? They’re FANTASTIC!! Our next task is to build a farmhouse bed SWOON! :)

        • Kenz

          Oh my gosh yes! I LOVVVVE Ana White. I have met her a few times. I bought her book “The Handbuilt Home.” If you like her plans I would highly recommend it. Look at you guys go!

  • Gretchen@BoxyColonial

    yay for non-ugly cabinets! The whole room is looking great :)

    • Kenz

      Thanks Gretchen!

  • thediynurse

    Ohmahgoodness. My eyes thank you from the bottom of their pupils!! So much better!

    • Kenz

      You’re welcome Caroline’s eyes!

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    Love the color and for not being rotten milk colored anymore! Ha! I don’t understand why you would want to get rid of that palm boarder…I mean you could have rocked that…

    • Kenz

      You know, after seeing Michelle’s Hawaii pictures I was really tempted to leave the boarder. It was basically like being on a tropical vacation all the time.

  • JaneEllen

    Isn’t that way it is, fix up one thing, everything else looks like it needs it. While you’re at it why not? We recently painted our l/r, what a difference, I love it and it’s started me making new art, table runner, new pillow covers, who knows what next? Loving it, getting the old joint fixed up finally. Your bathroom looks so awesome, gray is incredible isn’t it? I used a light slightly bluish gray, looks so pretty and clean, lights up whole room. Only took me almost 8 yrs. to get hubs to help me. Think even he’s impressed with how different room looks. Your bathroom made a huge turn around. Happy days

    • Kenz

      One project really does lead to another! Your living room sounds really pretty! You’ll have to send me a picture. I’d love to see it!

  • Kim@NewlyWoodwards

    Love the gray vanity – it really looks like a completely different space.

    As for putting it off, no judging over here. Too much other stuff to do. Like keeping kids alive. Pesky stuff.

    • Kenz

      No one told me how much work it would be keeping a kid alive! I feel ripped off 😉