Original oak vanity in downstairs and guest bathroomsThe original cabinet was dark-patterned oak. It's hard to get the grain to disappear with a light colored paint, so we went with the same rich dark grayish/blue color we painted our hallway banisters (Grays Harbor by Sherwin Williams in a glossy finish, so it's easy to wipe off). It gives the finish a sleek and modern look.
Bathroom vanity painted with new hardwareWe found an 8 pack of contemporary handles reduced at Lowes because it was missing two handles. We also got new silver hinges.
Guest bathroom before
Guest bathroom afterThe floor-to-ceiling cabinet next to the vanity also got a makeover. For such a tall built-in, the dark oak made that space next to the door claustrophobic. To give it a more open feel, we removed the cabinet doors completely, turning it into open shelving, and painted the entire thing white (the same semi-gloss white we've used on all our trim). So much brighter!
It came out so well, we're planning to do the same thing to our downstairs half bath and the double vanity in the bathroom.