Cement Bathroom Vanity

written by Claire Tammaro

Do you have an old vanity that needs sprucing up but you can’t break the bank to get a new one? This is the perfect way to modernize an old vanity countertop! AND if you decide to paint you vanity and replace the hardware than it will look brand new!

Here’s what you’ll need:

            A Electic Sander ( you can do by hand but this makes you life sos much easier!)

            Henrys Feather Finish (This is the concrete)

            14 inch drywall try

            Dry wall knife (6 or 8 inch)

            Putty knife (2 inch)

            Latex gloves (otherwise your hands will get extremely dry!)

            150 and 220 grit sandpaper

            Acrylic concrete sealer (Quickkrete 873002Concrete and Seal Satin Finish)

            A sponge

            A spray bottle

Ok, Let me start out by saying this does not happen overnight. At least for us it didn’t. It took over a week to finish. We had to do multiple coats and every time you do a coat you need at least 24 hours to dry. After each coat you have to sand it so it is an absolute mess! The cement and sanding can get very dusty and you have to be SO careful the cement does not go down the drain! You do not want blockage!

I originally got this idea off Pinterest from this site:  

Article is written by Tasha, you should also look at her post. Its very detailed and has pictures to follow!

We did follow her instructions but had a little trouble shooting so I’m going to walk you through it!

Like Tasha mentions in her article, you need to remove the faucet. We took our drain stopper out as well and plugged it with paper towels. She says to leave the stopper in, but we wanted to replace it and were worried it was going to get stuck in cement. SO every time we finished a layer of cement we made sure to wipe out the hole just in case!

  • Next, you’re going to sand. I recommend using an eclectic sander. You want to make sure to sand until there is no more shine left on the surface.
  • Ok so here is the tricky part. The cement mixing. It took me a few times to get the consistency that I wanted. Follow the directions on the cement bucket. Use the drywall tray and putty knife to mix. The putty knife is going to be your best friend! You want it to be thick enough to lay and not soupy at all…also not grainy. I think Tasha uses the comparison to “pancake batter”.  After you mix it let it sit and keep stirring. The ratio of water to cement took me a few times so don’t get frustrated!
  • When applying your first coat (Tasha has pictures) it is not as easy as it looks or going to go on as thick as you think! The first coat for me was practically see through. It looks looks like a “hot mess” as Tasha explains! In fact I wiped it off the first time I did it because I was afraid I did it wrong. Just have faith in that it looks terrible at first your doing something right! So use your putty knife or drywall knife to apply the thin layer. You can use your fingers on harder areas like edges and corners (make sure you have gloves on).
  • When doing the actual sink, use your hands. I ended using my hands a lot to apply cement and then smoothed down with the putty knife. If there are a lot of  grooves (and there will be)  don’t worry as much you will smooth down with the sander!
  • I let that coat dry a full 24 hours. Again I could still see the old top, it wasn’t fully covered until 2 coats! Once it is dry sand it. The sanding it to smooth any grooves and get it ready for the next coat. Since the first layer is so thin, I would sand with my hands and wait till its thicker to use the electric. The more imperfections you have the more coats you’ll have to do to get it smooth.
  • You are going to repeat those steps (4-6) until the sink is fully covered and smooth. Mine never got as smooth as Tasha’s did but I like the texture it has to it!
  • Another tip Tasha gives is after a few coats you can use a large damp sponge to smooth edges and the sink basin. I found this helped only if you use a spray bottle with water. Lightly spray the area and blot it with the sponge 10mintues after you apply the cement to the area.
  • When you are happy with the looks of the cement give it one last good sanding. Now you are ready for sealer. You’re going to use the Quikrete Concrete Seal with a paint brush. Follow the directions but you’re going to need a few coats of this. It looks white when you apply but dries clear. I did 4 coats of this!
  • After this you can install the drain stop and faucet!

Mine is holding up REALLY well! We get so many compliments! It’s easy to clean too! So over all it took almost over a week to get it just right! I’m happy we did it!

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