After sharing my master bathroom makeover last year I’ve gotten several questions about our bathroom countertop refinishing. Our original bathroom vanities were made from cultured marble. I think it was a popular choice in homes in the 90s (at least where we live). It’s a solid surface that is made from the dust of actual marble stone. It’s great in bathrooms because it’s really durable. It’s not porous so it doesn’t stain easily. While this countertop is certainly durable, it’s quite outdated and it as we were going over our options for the bathroom renovation, we determined the best choice would be to have the bathroom vanities refinished instead of replaced.
Bathroom Countertop Refinishing
What is bathroom countertop refinishing?
If replacing your vanity or countertop is out of the budget, consider countertop refinishing. There are actually tons of options out there when it comes to refinishing your bathroom countertop. We decided to go with an epoxy option that allowed us to essentially have our countertops/vanities painted a bright white color which was a stark contrast to the yellow-y cultured marble. The epoxy provides a protected, durable shell over the top of the existing countertop.
Did you do it yourself?
We actually hired this job out. We first did our large garden tub because it was the biggest eye sore. Since it wasn’t used a lot we felt confident in refinishing the tub first that way we could see how well it would hold up. At the time, our youngest daughter was just a couple months old and the fumes from the epoxy are quite strong so we called in a professional, and escaped the house for a few hours while it dried.
What’s the process?
I’m not totally sure what the DIY process would entail. When we hired our refinishing guy, he came to our house, taped up the faucet and drain, and mirrors. He then sprayed on the epoxy, and we let it dry. He set up our box fan in the bathroom and opened the window to get the air circulating in the room to reduce the fumes.
How much does it cost?
We paid about $750 altogether to refinish our bathroom vanities (2) and our garden tub. You can buy a refinishing kit for much less than DIY the project. I’ve heard this product works great and is less than $30.
How are the refinished vanities holding up?
It’s been over a year now since we refinished the tub, and the two vanities and they are all holding up great. While the garden tub is not used daily, our girls bathe in there once and a while (they use their tub more frequently – I swear I bathe them!), we use both vanities daily. We haven’t gotten a single dent or ding on the surface of the vanity or has the coating stained at all.
Final thought on bathroom countertop refinishing
Overall, this is a great option for anyone who wants a more clean and updated look in their bathroom space without replacing the entire vanity or countertop. It’s a bargain at $750 if you have someone else do it but if you decide to DIY it, it’s insanely affordable. It also is a somewhat long-term option as we haven’t had a single issue in the year since we refinished the countertops.
Have you ever had your countertops refinished? Is it something you would consider doing?
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