sealing painted vanity

laurmelaMay 11, 2007


I am painting my bathroom vanity and was wondering how to seal it best. Is there a type of wax to use, or is it just poly.

They were standard oak builders cabinets, I first sanded, primed with zinzer (sp) then applied behr Bitter Chocolate, so far 2 coats. I just lightly sanded and will do a third coat. I want to gently distress then seal in some way.

I will try to post pics.



Old Cabinets

primed and embellishments added

first coat

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Why do you think it needs to be sealed?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2007 at 9:59PM
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I guess it is just habit! Not that it sees much moisture. Just wanted to protect it.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2007 at 12:15AM
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That's what the paint is for ;-)

A friend of mine is a pretty good finisher and for years was publisher / editor of a woodworking magazine. He told me once, "There's a reason why you don't see people putting polyurethane over the paint on the outside of their houses."

Wax is not really waterproof. The fact that water beads up on it is a matter of surface tension. Water does still get through unless it's really thick.

One of poly's weaknesses is adhesion. You risk creating more of a mess if adhesion fails.

The only time I put clear finish over "paint" is when I'm glazing a painted (lacquer) finish and need to lock down the glaze and adjust the sheen with a coat of clear lacquer.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2007 at 9:43PM
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Ok, then I guess I am fine!

I will have to post the pics when I am done.

Just need to hang the doors and put on the hardware. Then add a bit of distressing and wear. Hope it turns out all right!



    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 2:51PM
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Looks like you've done a fine job.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 9:33PM
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kmealy.....I want to do something similar to our oak vanity! I also wanted to change the countertop, though and was wondering what kind of tile that is you looks great! Did you build a whole new countertop or did you cover what was there? Can't wait to see pics of the finished project!

    Bookmark   May 18, 2007 at 3:03PM
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Sorry I never posted pics when it was finished! The tile is granite, sorry I can't remember the name. We took off the faux marble top and rebuilt for the tile.

Here is a pic.

Looking at maybe doing the same finish to a desk I bought at the consignment store. So far it has worked well.


    Bookmark   October 25, 2008 at 2:54PM
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The granite tile is really nice! I've been thinking about doing that for our bathroom. I don't want to do a major renovation and it would be too small an order to have a slab granite counter made (too $$, too!). You did a beautiful job on those edges. Was it hard to do? IÂve done a ceramic tile counter in my old house. Did you use thick plywood as a base for it? The tile looks good with those drop in sinks. The whole job looks nice.

I have formica cabinets in my bathroom, unfortunately. So no refinishing will be possible. I still have to figure out what to do about those. I really donÂt want to get all new.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2008 at 1:36AM
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