I recently painted my master bathroom mirror and matching vanity to give it a distressed look. It only took me about 2.5 hours and cost around $30. I’m so happy I went for it because it gives the bathroom a lighter, brighter and larger feel!
2 inch paint brush
Chalk paint (color, brand of your choice-no primer needed)
Wax paint for sealing chalk paint
Sand paper and/or steel wool for distressing
Tape to avoid getting paint on wall/tiles
Remove hardware from vanity, tape around tiles/wall to avoid getting paint on them. No primer required.
I applied 3 coats in total, giving each area time to dry before applying additional coats. The chalk paint gave thick, full coverage- which was great given I was using a cream color on top of dark espresso wood. The chalk paint dried quickly, which made for a fast result. Painting probably took me 1.5 hours.
The next day when I was certain the paint was fully dried (FYI- you cannot use the bathroom for 7 days after starting to paint so moisture doesn’t ruin your work) I went over the mirror and vanity with my sand paper square and steel wool. I love the shabby chic/distressed look of cream color furniture so I “beat up” both pieces until I was happy with the result. Sanding the wood allows for the paint to come off- both the cream color I had just used as well as the prior espresso color. I went for even distressed marks throughout. Distressing took me around 45 minutes or less. Lastly, I sealed the pieces with a thick coat of chalk wax. This protects the piece from moisture getting in- since this is in my bathroom. This took about 15 minutes. Once the top coat dried I removed the tape and put back the hardware.