Painted Oak Vanity~ORC

We are on week 4 (out of 6) of Call It Home's One Room Challenge.
I have been working on transforming our dark, outdated, guest bathroom into a light, beautiful space.

Our bathroom used to have this outdated,"orangey" oak vanity and broken toilet paper holder.....

Now it is a lovely shade of gray.
I think it has such a fresh, new look.
I get giddy every time I walk by this room now!
I used chalk paint on the piece, you can read more about it here.
Since that post I have used matte polyurethane on the mirror and vanity to protect them from water.

I decided to replace the toilet paper holder with this metal basket.
I think it gives the room a fun, farmhouse vibe and it will coordinate nicely with other galvanized pieces going into the room.

The mirror in the bathroom used to have a white plastic frame.
I'd like a new mirror eventually, but I haven't found the right one yet.

So for now I painted the mirror to match the vanity and I think it looks great!
Painting plastic is not easy though.
You aren't supposed to have to sand things before using chalk paint, but I wish I would have.
The paint barely stuck on the mirror so I had to do many, many, layers until the paint built up and I had the coverage I needed.

I also added some simple handles to the cabinet doors.
I think handles add so much to a plain piece!
I was originally going to add knobs to the (fake) drawer front, but changed my mind.
I think they'd just get in the way when people are trying to brush their teeth and wash their hands.

When I mentioned in my last post how nervous I was about drilling holes in my cabinet Sam @
Away She Went said I should get "one of those plastic guide things that help when drilling holes in cabinets".
Then I remembered "oh yeah, I have one of those in my garage!" .
It made the job so much easier! Thank you Sam!

The room is really starting to come together now and it's going to look even better with some rugs on the floor and art on the walls!

To check out others participating in the One Room Challenge head over to Call It Home.


  1. It's looking great! I love the color of the cabinets. I thought about putting a handle on the fake drawer in our guest bath too, but opted for one of those wooden fleur de lis. I picked it up for a few dollars and painted it to match the cabinets. I just attached it with hot glue. Lol!

  2. Wow, Lisa! Love the paint r cabinet! And that toilet paper caddy is so neat! What a great idea! Good luck this week!!! xo
    Kendra @

  3. Could I ask where you bought the wire basket for the toilet paper? Love that idea!

  4. Beautiful transformation Lisa!!

  5. I love how it turned out! Such a pretty color and I love the tp basket! What color is the paint?

  6. Lovely space! What a unique idea for the toilet paper. It definitely give the farmhouse vibe.

  7. I love it so far! I think you've made great progress and it's going to look so good when it's all finished. I love the grey cabinets and mirror.

  8. I've been so tempted to try out this chalk paint, I'm so glad it turned out so amazing for you! The room is already such a night and day difference, can't wait to see all of the details come together!

  9. My guest bath has the exact layout you do. I really need to update it. You've inspired me!!

  10. Your guest bathroom looks fabulous.....the colors are so soft and pretty!!!

  11. I just pinned this I think it's looks beautiful! Love the wire basket idea!

  12. Your cabinet is looking new and trendy in gray color. It is really amazing how one color transforms the look of an entire piece. Great work done by you!