DIY Vanity Makeover : Concrete Overlay

DO YOU HAVE OUTDATED, CULTURED MARBLE VANITIES THAT YOU WANT TO UPDATE ON A BUDGET?  If so, you are in luck because I am here to show you all the details of my DIY vanity makeover using an inexpensive concrete overlay.

Buckle your seat belts.  Things are about to get exciting! A bit of background…  Our bathrooms are full of cultured marble counter tops with integral sinks that were quite popular in the early 80’s. Not my favorite look.  It was not in our budget to replace the vanity top in our recently revealed powder room makeover, so I had to get creative.  We had successfully created our own DIY concrete fireplace and loved the results, so we took a risk and decided to attempt the same technique on our vanity.  IT WORKED!  Now, read on to learn how you can do it, too!

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DIY CONCRETE VANITY TUTORIAL

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR DIY VANITY WITH CONCRETE OVERLAY

PS- We also painted the vanity cabinet for a quick update.  We used the same process and paint as we did when we painted our kitchen cabinets, which you can read all about here.

STEPS TO CREATE A DIY VANITY WITH CONCRETE OVERLAY

Sorry for the horrible lighting in these photos–you can tell that I was working on it at night, when there was no natural light to photograph by!

1) Remove your faucet and drain stopper.  UPDATE–leave your drain stopper in!  You can read all about why we now recommend leaving the drain stopper in here.

2) Sand your counter top and sink.  This will dull the finish of the cultured marble and make it easier for the concrete to adhere.

You can update your bathroom vanity without spending a fortune! This DIY vanity update using a concrete overlay with Ardex Feather Finish can be done for around $50 (including a new faucet). Check out the full tutorial!

3) Mix your concrete.  Pour some of the dry mix into your drywall tray, add water and mix it with a small putty knife.  You want to mix it to the consistency of thick pancake batter.  After mixing it, let it sit for a few minutes and then mix it again.  Now it is ready to work with.

You can update your bathroom vanity without spending a fortune! This DIY vanity update using a concrete overlay with Ardex Feather Finish can be done for around $50 (including a new faucet). Check out the full tutorial!

4) Apply your first coat of concrete to the entire cultured marble countertop and any backsplash.  You want to apply a THIN coat–do not strive for full coverage on the first coat.  It will look like a hot mess, but don’t get nervous.  I use my large drywall knife to apply it to most of the counter top surface and I use the smaller putty knife to apply it to the small backsplash piece.  Use your fingers to apply it to the corners and top of the edges.  You may get some on your walls in the process.   Don’t worry, it wipes off fairly easily even after it dries.

You can update your bathroom vanity without spending a fortune! This DIY vanity update using a concrete overlay with Ardex Feather Finish can be done for around $50 (including a new faucet). Check out the full tutorial!

You can update your bathroom vanity without spending a fortune! This DIY vanity update using a concrete overlay with Ardex Feather Finish can be done for around $50 (including a new faucet). Check out the full tutorial!

5) Next, apply it to the sink basin.  You have to do this with your fingers.  You should protect your skin with gloves.  Spread it around as best you can.  Again, it will be messy and you will see finger marks.  That’s okay!

You can update your bathroom vanity without spending a fortune! This DIY vanity update using a concrete overlay with Ardex Feather Finish can be done for around $50 (including a new faucet). Check out the full tutorial!

6) Allow it to dry.  It dries fairly quickly, but I allowed each coat to dry overnight because I was working on it at night anyway.  Once it is dry, give it a light hand sanding.  NOTE: If you applied your first coat too thickly and there are significant imperfections, you may be better off using an electric sander.

You can update your bathroom vanity without spending a fortune! This DIY vanity update using a concrete overlay with Ardex Feather Finish can be done for around $50 (including a new faucet). Check out the full tutorial!

7) Repeat steps 4- 6 until you achieve the coverage you want.  I was happy after 3 coats, but I am fairly experienced using this product since we used it on our DIY concrete fireplace and am able to apply it fairly smoothly.  If you have more imperfections, you will probably require more coats to get it nice and smooth.  The photo below shows you what the second coat looks like drying–a splotchy mess!  DON’T PANIC!

You can update your bathroom vanity without spending a fortune! This DIY vanity update using a concrete overlay with Ardex Feather Finish can be done for around $50 (including a new faucet). Check out the full tutorial!

When you put your second and third coats in the sink basin, it helps to smooth the ridges left by your fingers out with a sponge AFTER the concrete has dried a little bit.  You want it to be just firm enough to smooth out the ridges–if it is too wet, you will wind up wiping off the concrete, which you do not want.  This requires a little bit of trial and error, but I would say as a rule of thumb, you can smooth it out with a sponge about 10 to 20 minutes after you have applied it.  (Do not try to smooth out the first coat–it will wipe right off.  Only do this with your second an third coats!)SERIOUSLY AMAZING! DIY vanity update using a concrete overly for under twenty bucks! #diyvanity #concretecountertop Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.8) Once you are happy with the coverage, you will want to do a final sanding of the entire vanity surface.  I do it by hand to ensure that I don’t remove too much of the concrete, particularly on the edges and corners.  But again, if you have significant imperfections, you may need to break out the electric sander. 9) Your last step is to apply a sealer.  I recommend using a water based acrylic concrete sealer in satin finish {this is the exact sealer we used: Quikrete 873002 Concrete Cure And Seal Satin Finish).  It gives your concrete a nice, smooth finish with a slight sheen.  It also darkens the concrete up a bit, which I like.  When you apply the sealer, it will have a milky appearance.  Don’t worry, it dries clear.  Follow the directions carefully–do not apply the sealer too thick and/or leave puddles.  Also be sure to smooth out any air bubbles.  I applied two coats.  Also, take care to apply sufficient sealer around the inner edge of the hole where your drain will sit, otherwise water may seep into the concrete, which you do not want.

You can update your bathroom vanity without spending a fortune! This DIY vanity update using a concrete overlay with Ardex Feather Finish can be done for around $50 (including a new faucet). Check out the full tutorial!

You can update your bathroom vanity without spending a fortune! This DIY vanity update using a concrete overlay with Ardex Feather Finish can be done for around $50 (including a new faucet). Check out the full tutorial!

10) After the sealer dries, install your new faucet (or reinstall your old faucet).  We found our awesome new faucet on Amazon for only $39, which is an amazing deal.  You can find the exact faucet we purchased right here: Designers Impressions Oil Rubbed Bronze Two Handle Lavatory Bathroom Vanity Faucet.

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