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Giving your 1980s-style bathroom vanity or contractor grade cabinets a full-body makeover doesn’t have to eat up your entire weekend. Here are two projects (yes, two – I couldn’t just pick one) that are quick, easy and will make you fall in love with your bathroom all over again.


We all know wallpaper is back in style after a long stint in hiding, and you’ll never guess what designer/featured blogger Brian Patrick Flynn wants you to do? Wallpaper … your bathroom vanity. If it sounds tedious, don’t fret. You can knock out this project in half a day. Find a vinyl wallpaper pattern that you love but maybe couldn’t handle slathered over an entire wall. After removing the doors, sink and vanity top, you can start pasting the wallpaper and cutting away the excess with a utility knife. Smooth out any bumps or bubbles, reattach the hinges to the doors and vanity base and then add some gorgeous new hardware to complement its new look. (This is where project #2 comes in.)

If wallpaper isn’t your style, you can always add a colorful and playful coat of paint to your vanity for an instantly gorgeous look. But our favorite part of project #2 is the door knockers that have been repurposed as cabinet pulls. In virtually no time at all you can have a brand new bathroom vanity that’s sleek, stylish and wallet-friendly, too.

HGTV has all the step-by-step instructions and materials lists for both the wallpaper project and the simple vanity update. After you conquer these projects, we want to see and hear about your results!

Tell us in the comments below.

69 Responses

  1. John says:

    why don't this work?

  2. poppoperatzi44 says:

    ughhh, no

  3. Karen S. says:

    Each of us like different things. Personally, I think I am going to wallpaper my cabinet and put a doorknocker on it. Wonderful idea for those of us that don't have money to buy a whole new vanity.

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  6. anna@HGTV says:

    How clever!

Kayla KittsKayla Kitts is an editor for HGTV.com and co-editor-in-chief of Design Happens. Kayla is an overbearing cat mom with a love for vintage-modern furniture, decor with a past, artisan cocktails,...


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