When it came to building our basement bathroom, I wanted to have a little fun. I wanted to do something I might not be willing to do in my main bath … well, not yet anyway! I wanted to go a little bit bold since I’m trying to keep the basement space light, bright, and fun! I read something a few months ago that said something like “do something unexpected in every room [in your home]”. It has stuck with me all that time and this vanity is evidence of that!
I started with a basic Ikea bathroom vanity because it was inexpensive, the perfect size for our small bathroom, and easily accessible (our nearest Ikea is only 15 min away!). I gave the vanity a little personality with a custom mixed Chalk Paint® color. Before painting, I lightly sanded the whole piece to give it a little better chance at adhering. Two coats of paint and a little distressing later, I was ready to seal it. Being that this piece is in a bathroom – especially a bathroom with a tub/shower – I opted to seal the piece with polycrylic.
After sealing it, though, I noticed a few white spots that showed up when I sanded the piece. I didn’t have any of my custom paint left because I had used every last drop, so what was I to do? The spots were small, but I knew they’d bother me if I didn’t fix them.
Well, turns out, I had some left over paint from this green dresser that just so happened to be an almost exact match! So, I pulled the end off a cotton swab (because I was too lazy to run upstairs and grab a toothpick!), dabbed it in a little paint, and lightly applied the paint to the spots.
I blended them in just a tad, waited for them to dry, and then waxed the whole piece with Miss Mustard Seed’s furniture wax. On a side note, yes, wax can be applied over poly, but poly cannot be applied over wax. I used the wax to seal the spots and give the whole piece a little more matte, soft finish.
I’m so glad I followed through on this and stayed with the bold green! When it was time to paint, I was a little nervous that it would be too bold, but I am really happy with it just the way it is! It’s a perfect centerpiece to the subtle wall and tile colors.
Have you ever gone bold with a piece like this? What do you think of doing something a little bold and unexpected in each room of your home? Could we do it together?