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DIY Painted Bathroom Sink Countertop

How to paint a bathroom sink countertop and tub/shower/tile for a bright white makeover that lasts without the demo. 

As promised, I’m back with all of the progress and answers to questions about our hallway bathroom’s painted sink countertop.

Some of y’all saw my sneak peek I shared a couple of weeks ago on my Instagram Stories about the beginning stages of the process. And the response was a mix of excitement, denial, and downright skepticism.

I was right. there. with. y’all.

But I can tell ya… I’m amaaaaaazed, you guys! We have a painted bathroom sink countertop, and it looks a gajillion times better than the 80s beige cultured marble we had before.

Yeah, remember that snazziness?

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And then bam!

painted countertop

I guess that before shot isn’t entirely fair since I took it at night with the lights on using my cell phone. Blame it on laziness. But come on! That change is huge!

UPDATE: Want to see how our painted sink countertop lasted long term? Check it out 8 months later!
See the full bathroom transformation using just paint here!

If you’ve missed some of the makeover madness so far, we’ve had one goal in this bathroom- to make it look totally different for as little mulah as possible, which means paint, lots and lots of paint. (This is our full room makeover plan and paint progress so far.)

DIY Painted Bathroom Sink Countertop

Supplies

I should tell you right up front, before you’re ready to buy a box of this sink refinishing paint, that I rate this stuff 4 out of 5 stars. It’s not a walk in the park, I’ll tell ya that. Because this paint stinks to high heaven.

Robert, Olivia, and I ended up having to spend the weekend at my parents’ house nearby because there was no way we could sleep here with the fumes taking their own sweet time to air out right next to our bedrooms.

But I’m still SO happy we did it! (Good excuse to spend time with family anyway, right?)

Steps

1. Using the window scraper and utility knife, I removed all of the old silicone caulk first, changing out the blades often to scrape it all away. For any remaining caulk residue, I wiped down the cracks of the countertop edges with the mineral spirits.

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2. Then, to make sure it was well cleaned, I scrubbed the sink and countertop all over with Comet using an abrasive cleaning pad and rinsed with water using the spray bottle and dried.

cleaning to paint bathroom countertops

3. To make sure all residue was removed, I sprayed the sink and countertop again with the Lime-a-way and wiped clean.

cleaning for a painted countertop

4. The directions suggested for the best prep to sand the entire surface first with 400 grit sandpaper, followed by a tack cloth to remove any sanding dust.

5. I let the countertop and sink air dry for a couple of hours after all of the prep just to be safe, and I used the Frog Tape on the faucet and drain. (We were originally just going to remove it, but we had an old water line that was being a total pain, so I just decided to tape. If you have the capability, removing the faucet would be best.)

how to paint countertop - tape all edges and fixtures

6. The paint in the refinishing kit comes in two different cans that you mix right before you’re ready to use it, so follow the directions on the box to combine the two.

Before you open anything, put on the respirator mask, gloves, and safety glasses, open a bathroom window (if you have one), and turn on the box fan to full blast to help push any fumes out of the window.

And then rock your best Darth Vader impression.

wearing a respirator mask to paint a countertop

7. I used the 1.5″ angled brush to paint all of the edges, corners, and rounded places that a roller would have a hard time reaching.

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8. Then, I poured some of the paint into the roller tray and started painting the rest of the bathroom sink countertop with the foam roller. Try not to over brush since roller/brush marks will be more visible the more you work the paint. This paint is self leveling if you resist the urge to brush too much (I learned the hard way in a couple of places.)

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9. Wait 1 hour between coats. It took me 3 coats to get a solid white finish since I wanted to go slow with thin, even coats.

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10. Once dry, remove the Frog Tape and seal all cracks and edges with white silicone caulk.

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11. If you end up with any paint residue stuck on your faucet or drain that might have seeped under the tape, just dip a few Q-tips into a little acetone or acetone based nail polish remover and scrub the metal to get rid of the paint spots.

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Done! Wait at least 3 days for the paint to fully cure, and it’s ready for water.

After tackling the sink, I spent another weekend painting the tub/shower combo, and I was down to my last coat when I ran out of paint. Womp womp.

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So it’s still a work in progress.

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I’m sure I’ll report back once that’s done and, a few months down the road, I’ll try to update with how it’s holding up in durability.

UPDATE: Want to see how our painted sink countertop lasted long term? Check it out 8 months later!

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Considering this is a Phase 1 sort of makeover until we can do a hardcore Phase 2 demo and remodel in a couple of years, I’m a-okay with how it’s going so far.

UPDATE: See our big demo and remodel we did in this bathroom a couple years later!

Hey, we’re not in a sea of beige anymore!

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The last of Operation: Beige Banishment will be to paint that bathroom vanity cabinet that I’ll be doing in the next week or two, and we’ll have this space looking almost new for just the cost of paint. Woo to the hoo!

So this begs the question, have you painted your tub/shower/sink and lived to tell the tale? I guess there’s no going back now.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to remove the caulk for the Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit paint to work?

Unfortunately, yes. It’s a laborious process, but you’ll be much happier with the end result if you scrape away the old silicone caulk and fill gaps with new silicone caulk after the paint cures.

Would this work on kitchen countertops!

I personally haven’t used it on a kitchen countertop, but considering it’s epoxy based, I think it would work well for a quick fix. I wouldn’t expect it to last for decades, but it’s great in a pinch. You could even try creating a faux marble effect with gray paint swirled in.

Which should I paint first? The bathroom sink countertop or the cabinets?

I would paint the sink countertop first so if anything drips on the cabinets, you won’t mar your paint job.

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63 Comments

  1. I love your blog!!! There are soooo many useful posts! I’m getting ready to paint my shower with this same product. I’m curious to know how many kits it took to do the sink and tub/surround? I ordered 2 to do my shower and I’m hoping it’s enough. I’ve heard from more than just you that 3 coats are necessary to get the desired finish. Also, now that it’s been 6 months, how is it holding up? Sorry if you’ve written an update post ?

    1. So glad to hear that, Heather! It took 4 kits total for the sink, countertop, tub, and shower. So you might be okay with 2 if yours is just a shower. It’s still holding up beautifully! I plan to write an update post very soon. There are a couple of small scratches in the bottom of the tub but that’s mainly because we bathe our dogs in it and they clawed it a little. Still, even with that considered, I’m very pleased. Completely worth it.

  2. How did it end up holding up?

    I have 2 little kids that drop toothpaste ALLL the time, that needs to be repeatedly cleaned.

    1. It’s held up great! My 5 year-old leaves bright pink toothpaste on it all the time and it scrubs right off. There are a couple of small scratches in the bottom of the tub from bathing our dogs and their claws scuff it a little, but even with that considered, I’m happy with it.

  3. Hi!!! Obsessed with your blog lately (have been trying lots of different things). We did our sink today and wanted to ask if yours had a perfectly smooth finish? I bought all the stuff you put on there but have seen some rougher parts around the sink that don’t look perfect ? is that normal?

    Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Jenni! Ours is mostly smooth. There are a couple of spots where you can tell it’s painted, but only if you look closely. I will say don’t over brush it. One swipe of paint, and that should do it. If you work the paint too much, it’s starts to gunk up and looks rough. I ended up having to use 3 coats.

    1. The concrete was definitely more work and much more messy. I’d choose this over attempting the concrete again for sure. But I was pretty happy with the results of both, so it was worth it either way. 🙂

  4. I didn’t paint my sink or countertop but I did paint my tile walls at my old house. When we moved it had been 3 years and was still in perfect condition. As long as you don’t use super abrasive cleaners or scrubbies it will look gorgeous.

  5. Looks great. I haven’t used this paint on version of this product but I’ve read other blogs and reviews that say the longevity of it isn’t so great. I suspect it might also depend on the type of water you have in your area (eg. hard water w/lots of minerals) and how much usage there is.

    I have used the product in the spray version. We used it on a 1940’s sink that was in our laundry room when we bought our house. My husband used a citrus paint stripper to get it ready (the former home owners had just tried to paint it…oh dear!). Then after a thorough cleaning and following the instructions on the can, he sprayed it in our garage. (Yes, we were thankful the entire sink was easily removed to do the stripping/cleaning/painting outside.)

    The finished product looks like a new factory finish and has held up wonderfully for over a year; however honestly I don’t use the sink that much.

    We are all waiting to see how yours holds up. The look is great though. Thumbs up!

  6. I’m so glad I just saw you mention this on your IG stories! Our bathroom is AWFUL! It’s like a dark beige/yellow. So gross! We’ll be renting this house out in a year or two, so I don’t want to invest too much on updating the bathroom. A $26 box of paint in the perfect solution for me!

  7. Girl~

    Is there anything you CAN’T do? Seriously, I am always amazed at how you can snap your fingers or wave your magic decorating wand and make something beautiful appear. It looks fabulous!

    Have a blessed one!
    Deb 🙂

  8. OMG Lauren! We sold our house of 42 years in California and moved to Knoxville, TN last year AND we have a rose-beige bathroom sink that I’ve been trying to change without a major renovation!! The bathroom is tiny but can be changed in color much like yours. Until I saw your post, I had no idea a counter top and sink could be painted at all and figured I was stuck with it. Thanks so much for posting this–it’s exactly what I wished for, lol! I am a subscriber to your blog so please let us know how the paint holds up.
    Thanks again,
    Patti

  9. Looks great! I have a converted garage apartment attached to our house that I’m looking to redo. Weird 80’s pink laminate counters in the kitchenette and beige and pink streaked marble look in the bathroom. I’ll be keeping this post handy for when I finally get to paint it all!

  10. I have to replace a teal counter. I may give a go at your method until I can upgrade to a new slightly less jarring color. Let us know how it holds up.

  11. We painted our tub surround using a similar product (not rustoleum). That was 5 years ago, it held up fairly good until my daughter stuck a sticky label (peeled from something) to it, it took the paint right off 🙁 also, a large blob of shampoo or body wash was on the tile a few days before I noticed and it stained the tile. But considering it’s been 5 years, I’d say not too bad considering the abuse a teenager throws at it.

  12. What a difference the paint makes! Looks so nice! You never cease to amaze me with everything you tackle! Enjoy! Blessings!

  13. Way back when. Was told it can’t be done, I painted my kitchen tile from a pea green to white. It was 1980!!! Back then I was told to use this hand held painting tool that worked great. I just saw one advertised on TV as a new thing and I thought, Wait. I’ve used that with great success. My painted tile held up for the four years I lived there. I do believe yours will until you decide to update. Or move ?

  14. What a great job! I’ll be interested to see how this holds up. We need to redo our 2 bathtubs and were going to have someone come in and do them. His technique involves using acid to etch the finish so the paint holds better. Since we just had our septic system redone we are not anxious to go flushing acid down it! We’re in the process of finishing the rest of both bathrooms and then will make a decision on the tubs. While this looks like a big job, I think it’s doable for us and you didn’t use any acid… Thank you!

    1. I’m curious about that too. I figured if it’s a massive fail and starts chipping, we plan to rip out everything in a couple of years anyway. (Extra motivation if it doesn’t hold up, maybe?) I’ll have to report back 6 months down the road about its durability. I haven’t heard about hiring someone to etch with acid. Interesting! I can totally understand the reservations about what it’ll do to your system though. That’s concerning for sure.

  15. Love how it turned out and sounds like it wasn’t too hard. Thanks for all of the tips too. Can’t wait to see it when it is all completed. You are so talented!

      1. Thank you for your very detailed directions. It looks beautiful. But I think I am going to attempt to eliminate a few of those including the smelly stuff and try just rust oleum paint for plastic after sanding down well and cleaning the area and then sealing it with the clear varnish. I have seen that completed on others sinks and it came out pretty well minus all the smell and headaches. I will let you know how it goes.

  16. Wow! Looks great. I have a yellow-ish top in my extra bathroom(from the 70’s I guess) and have been after my husband to redo it. This might be good, aside from the smell

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