DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover

DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover

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This DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover is the star of our Bathroom Remodel!

Hi guys. Did you notice the peeks of this DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover in the latest pictures of our Master Bathroom Remodel? It took me a couple weeks to write up this makeover post, but I hope it was worth the wait. I love these vanities now, guys. The blue chalk paint color is absolutely perfect.

I went with an Annie Sloan paint I found while looking through a local antique shopping area. I fell in love with that rich color right away and knew it was exactly what I wanted for the bathroom vanities. It has the same timeless, elegant, traditional look that the marble tiles have. And, they work beautifully together.

Before I get into the details about this DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover, let me show you what the vanities looked like beforehand. There was chipped paint all over these cabinets, guys. They were in desperate need of a makeover. You can see the before photos for this bathroom makeover here.


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What I Used for the Low Budget Changes

4 Low Budget Vanity Makeover Projects

First Change – New Paint

That beautiful DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover. This color is amazing on it’s own, but adding that dark wax over it turns it into a stunning color with a rich, antique look that works perfectly with those marble tiles I installed.

I sanded all of the chips in the cabinet paint smooth then cleaned the vanities inside and out with soapy dawn dish water. Then let that dry before following the directions on the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. You can hear a little more about the finish in the video.

Napoleonic Blue Annie Sloan Chalk Paint with dark wax on the left side, clear wax on the right. DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover. #AbbottsAtHome #BathroomIdeas #HomeRemodeling #BathroomReno
You can see the difference the dark wax makes here. The drawers on the right are just the chalk paint without wax.

After a few coats of chalk paint, I used 1 coat of natural wax, then a coat of dark, then another coat of natural for a super smooth finish. Be sure to allow the waxes to set between coats. I just used a clean rag to apply

Napoleonic Blue Annie Sloan Chalk Paint with dark wax on a bathroom vanity. #AbbottsAtHome #BathroomMakeover #CabinetPaint #VanityPaint #ChalkPaint
Look at the detail and depth you get with that wax. LOVE!
Second Change – New Stained Wood Cabinet Liners

I wanted to add a pretty pop of stained wood to the cabinets and needed to cover up the original cabinet bottoms that weren’t in the best shape. So, I grabbed a 1/4″ thick 2×4 sheet of $6 Luan board for each cabinet.

I cut that to size, sanded, cleaned, and stained those board before dropping them into the cabinets. I used Watco’s Danish Oil in Medium Walnut as the finish. It’s an easy pour on finish that dries fast and doesn’t require a top coat. They look so pretty, right?!

DIY Stained Luan Plywood Cabinet Liners in a bathroom vanity. #AbbottsAtHome #Plywood #Remodeling #DIYIdeas

Third Change – Built In Garbage Cans

Each cabinet got a new built in garbage can. I shared the DIY tutorial and video for that a few months ago. I love this garbage can, guys. Is that normal? Now I don’t have to look at our garbage anymore and it’s so great at keeping babies and pets out of the garbage. Yay!

DIY Dark Blue Bathroom Cabinets with white counters and light walls.
That box on the left door is the garbage can I built into the door. I just drop in an empty grocery bag and it’s good to go.
Fourth Change – New Cabinet Knobs

This is the easiest change of all but new pulls always make a huge impact. I went with pretty chrome pulls to match our new bathroom fixtures. It’s like the vanities have new sparkly jewelry.

DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover with dark wax and pretty chrome knobs. #AbbottsAtHome #BathroomIdeas #BathroomDesign #BathroomCabinets #AnnieSloan

The Counter Top & Sink Makeover Updates

Here are all of the details about the counter top, sink, and faucet changes we went with. These aren’t budget friendly, but we love them and they’ll last us another 20 years. And they work beautifully with that DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover.

The counter top is a marble look quartz by MSI. Find an MSI quartz dealer near you and they’ll likely have it. It’s pretty popular. 🙂 The sink is an undermount rectangular sink with a deep bowl. They come in so many sizes, it’s pretty easy to find one that’ll fit your vanity. The faucets are Delta Silverton 8 in Widespread 3 Hole Faucets from Home Depot.

And, if you’re curious about my wall and trim paint, I used Sandstone Cove by Behr in Eggshell on the walls and my Trim Paint is Polished Pearl by Behr in Eggshell.

Marble Look Quartz Counters with a rectangle undermount sink and dark blue vanity. See all the details for this bathroom makeover here. #AbbottsAtHome #Quartz #Marble #Countertops #Bathroom #InteriorDesign

More DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover Photos

And here’s the final result. I’m so glad I didn’t rip out these old cabinets. This makeover turned out so beautiful. The new paint, plywood liners, knobs, and that built in garbage can completely restored these vanities to better than new condition. They’re ready for another 25 years. 🙂

This DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover has completely transformed my bathroom. The color is beautiful and chalk paint is a great low budget diy project that anyone can do. #AbbottsAtHome #ChalkPaintMakeover #BathroomCabinets #BathroomVanityThis DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover has completely transformed my bathroom. The color is beautiful and chalk paint is a great low budget diy project that anyone can do. #AbbottsAtHome #ChalkPaintMakeover #BathroomCabinets #BathroomVanity #BathroomRemodel

Pottery Barn wood mirror over blue bathroom vanity with white quartz countertop. DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover. #AbbottsAtHome #ChalkPaintMakeover #BathroomCabinets #BathroomVanity #BathroomRemodel

That’s it for this DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover tutorial. Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to follow along on Instagram to see the full Bathroom Remodel Reveal, coming soon.


Want to see more from this Bathroom Makeover? Check out some of the latest bathroom reveal photos here.

More Master Bathroom Remodeling Pictures from my latest room makeover. I love how this classic grey marble tile looks with those light walls and dark blue accents. #AbbottsAtHome #BathroomMakeover #BathroomDesign #SoakerTub #BackSplash

Or, my Colorful Modern Farmhouse Powder Room Makeover.


Feeling inspired? Now that you’ve seen how I did this DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover you can too. Let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.

6 thoughts on “DIY Napoleonic Blue Bathroom Vanity Makeover

  1. Love it! Dark wax makes all the difference. Gorgeous mirror by the way 🙂 Glad I came across your site at the Dare To Share party!

  2. Great color choice. It looks really good. I’d love it if you would share this at our weekly blogger link party. https://handmadeweekly.com/handmade-otherwise-link-party-week-3/ I hope you stop by 🙂

  3. Wow, I love the blue vanity! Going to have to remember this for when I want to renovate our guest bathroom! We would love if you would share at our weekly link-up party Handmade & Otherwise (Fridays 8am-Mondays 8pm). http://petalspiesandotherwise.com/category/handmade-otherwise/

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