While browsing through Pinterest one day, I came across this post about updating your sink with a special epoxy paint for less than $40. Color me interested. I did a bit more research and decided that I wanted to try it out for our dated faux marble vanity top.
I found that there were two products that basically did the same thing, Homax Tub & Sink Refinishing Kit, which comes in either a brush on or an aerosol, and Rustoleum’s Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit. For our sink and vanity, we went with the brush on version of Homax’s refinishing kit. I chose this one because it was an all inclusive kit that came with the brush, cleaner for prepping, plastic gloves, and steel wool, and it didn’t require any mixing.
The included directions are very straightforward and were easy to follow. You prep and clean the surface 3 times, then tape off any areas that aren’t going to be painted.
Stir the paint thoroughly and apply with the included brush. The first coat has to dry for 3 hours before a second coat can be applied. 3 hours later, I brushed on the second and final coat.
I treated the first coat more like a primer and wasn’t too concerned with brush strokes and coverage. With the second coat, I was a lot more particular about minimizing the brush strokes and making sure they went from edge to edge and didn’t end somewhere in the middle of the vanity. Once I was done, we let it dry for 72 hours, per the instructions. Once 72 hours was over, Micah installed the new faucet we got for the space.
He was able to feel a few spots that were still a little tacky so we waited another day before we used the sink regularly. I was extra cautious about putting things on top of the vanity so I waited another whole day before I replaced the storage things and knick knacks we had set out.
We still need to re-caulk a few areas, but so far we are thrilled with the results. Its not a perfectly solid white finish though. Despite my best efforts, there are brush strokes visible and some color variations in the white. Even with its imperfections, its a million times better than the drab beige ’80s finish that was there before. And for $40, it cannot be beat. I am interested to see how it holds up though. There are already a few little impressions left in the finish from the sleeve of my shirt well after the 72 hour curing period.
We are planning on using it again on the upstairs bathroom vanity. Both tubs could use a good updating, too. I am considering using the Rustoleum product for the tubs because it can be rolled on with a foam roller, whereas the Homax epoxy specifically says not to use foam rollers or foam brushes.
Just for fun lets take a look back at where this bathroom started.
And where it is now.
So what do y’all think?! Would you paint your sink and vanity? We did a lot more to this little space over the summer, and I’m hoping to do a full progress report soon!