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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. Was your faucet attached by copper pipes to the water line? Mine was so I put off replacing my faucet until I heard about the Shark Bite connectors from Home Deport. So easy to install and I was even able to add shut off valves which it didn’t have before.

    1. That’s great! I honestly can’t remember. It’s been so long ago since I did this project. But thanks for that tip!

  2. Lauren,
    I had a hard time being able to tell if your bathtub had a tile surround or whether it was one of those plastic tub surrounds.
    We have old stained white tile and tub that I would like to paint and wondered if thats what you had.
    Beautiful job!

  3. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing your experience!! I just did this myself and am mostly satisfied with the results, but there are a couple of spots here and there that get to me :-/ It occurred to me that it may be possible to buff out little imperfections after the product has cured, maybe with very fine grit sandpaper? Do you have any thoughts on doing that? Thanks again!

    1. I would steer clear of sanding since the epoxy creates a very glossy surface. Sanding it will just make that glossy surface look scratched, unless you went back over it with another coat of epoxy afterwards. I don’t consider the paint to be a permanent solution, but I do think it’s good if you need a quick, temporary fix to last you a couple of years until a real renovation can happen.

  4. Hi Lauren. My gosh this countertop turned out great! I have a quick question…I have seen where several people used Rustoleum Appliance Epoxy Spray to do this same DIY project. Have you ever tried that rather than the roll/brush on product? Your comments would be very appreciated! Thanks so much! June

    1. We spray painted faucets and hardware in the master shower of our first house. We loved the outcome of that little hack too.

  5. Hi there. I decided to jump on thr paint the sink band wagon. However on one sink I have tiny holes appearing – not bubbles. Why would this happen

    1. Oh no! What did you use to clean the sink prior? Or maybe the cleanser wasn’t rinsed well enough in that sink?

  6. Were you able to see lines from the paint roller when it was complete. I just finished mine and it’s driving me nuts that I can see some overlap lines!

    1. If you do multiple thin coats, it helps. But I did have to be careful to only lightly roll to help prevent roller marks.

  7. I could have sworn I saw a post about how you painted the vanity but I can’t find it. Can you link me or am I imagining that? Lol

  8. Hi, Lauren! I am working on home projects as I transition from my very long days as a junior high educator into retirement. Your home renovations have turned out beautifully and are such an inspiration! I have been reading about your sink painting project and was wondering how difficult and obvious touch-ups to the painted finish would be? Thanks!

    1. Hi! It was the perfect fix for us until we were able to gut the bathroom for a complete remodel. It lasted for over a year and we did not need any touch ups. 🙂

  9. Oh, I am totally planning on trying this cost effective fix. I painted my 1970s green counter tops with counter top paint from lowes. I have been very pleased. Oh, it smells horrible too. Do this on a great day to have the windows open and fans drawing the fumes from the house.

  10. I’m curious to know how it is holding up after almost a year. I have just moved into a fixer upper and the sinks in every bathroom are hideous. Two are avocado green, one yellow and one a dingy off white color. A blast from my childhood past! I need a quick, inexpensive fix as we are not prepared to rip out bathrooms yet. Major repairs like roof and siding first. But I am not going to be able to live with these counters and sinks much longer!

  11. Hi there – I’m excited to try this! I also love that beautiful teal color, do you happen to remember what color you used?
    Thanks!

  12. Turned out beautiful! Was the sink/counter top a laminate and tub acrylic or porcelain? My tub is acrylic so was wondering if this process is good for that…Thanks!

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