Outdated Bathroom Vanity Sink Update

What do you do when your home is stocked with outdated marble sinks circa late 80’s and new sink tops just aren’t in the budget?

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You make them over with concrete and look super stylish, super modern, and sound all kinds of fancy.

In my last home, I had the same problem. Structurally the sinks were intact. But they weren’t beautiful. And I need structure and beauty folks.

The budget would not allow for new sinks so I did one better. I took to the pinterweb (aka Pinterest) and discovered that I could give them a dope makeover without wiping my account out.

I bought a box of feather finish, used some water I already pay for anyway, some sealer and new hardware and while it wasn’t new. When it was all done, it was new to me. And that’s really all I need.

henrys feather finish

This DIY was so simple, I could probably let the kids do it. But even though I have one more bathroom to go, I won’t. The fact that is important here is, I could.

Let me tell you how I did it…

How To Update Your Cultured Marble Sink Using Concrete

Materials Needed

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Henry’s Feather Finish (Amazon, Home Depot)
Drywall Tray (Amazon, Home Depot)
6 Inch Metal Drywall Knife (Amazon, Home Depot)
2 Inch Plastic Putty Knife (Amazon, Home Depot)
Electric Sander {this is optional and can make the sanding work easier.  you can hand sand if you don’t have an electric sander} (Amazon, Home Depot)
Latex Gloves
Quikrete Acrylic Concrete Sealer (Amazon, Home Depot)
150 And 220 Grit Sandpaper (Amazon, Home Depot)
A Large Sponge

Steps For Marble Sink Update

remove hardware for marble sink update

Prep. Remove hardware and tape the walls around the work area.

sanding for marble sink update

Sand. Sand the countertop and inside sink to create a rough surface. Do this using the 220 grit sandpaper.

henrys feather finish mixed

Mix. Mix your powder with water until it is the consistency of cake batter. There may be a few lumps. Smooth as best you can.

Coat. Using the drywall knife apply your first coat. It will not be full coverage. Think of this as your base coat for the second layer to be full coverage.

Use your fingers (with gloves) to get in the sink bowl and corners.

After it forms a bit (like 30-40 minutes for the first coat and 20-30 for those after) you can go over it with a damp sponge lightly to smooth the fingerprints.

Dry. Allow it to dry at least twelve hours. I worked on it in the evening and would go back to it the next day at some point.

Sand. Using a piece of 220 grit paper sand lightly removing minor imperfections. We’re gonna coat it again so it doesn’t have to be perfect. But you don’t want ridges or bumps. Smooth those out.

Repeat. Repeat steps 3-5 until you have achieved full coverage. I did three coats and then a minor touch up coat, which wasn’t a full application.

Smooth. Now you’ll want to smooth with 120 grit sandpaper. This will make everything nice and even and smooth. Sand by hand or using a hand sander until desired smoothness is achieved.

Clean. Remove dust. I used my shop vac to remove most of the dust and then a damp rag to wipe away excess.

quikcrete acrylic sealer

Seal. I used Quikrete acrylic sealant. I applied two coats using a paint sponge applicator. Allowing a few hours between each coat to dry. And then a third coat around the drain and where the hardware goes.

It goes on kind of whitish blue but will dry clear.

Make it pretty.  After everything’s is dry and sealed you are free to install your hardware. Because mine was also outdated, I opted to get new hardware, making it look completely new.

I went from hardware with the pull handle sink stopper to a pop out as well. Heres the faucet and the sink stopper I used.

And that’s it folks! What appears to be a major upgrade took minimal time and won’t put a huge dent in your budget. Maybe just a sacrifice of your daily coffee purchase for a week.

If you are in need of a full vanity makeover.  Check out how I updated the vanity cabinet for a complete makeover here.

Does your bathroom vanity need an update?

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  1. I think you did a fabulous job! Time for me to try it, I am a big fan of concrete counters. thanks for your inspiration!

  2. I have old one piece resin type shell shaped counter and sink that have cracks in sink can I do this and how should I do the mold shell like design?

    1. Hey Marla!
      I am not sure if the fact that it is cracked will affect the integrity of the feather finish. And that shell shape will be harder to smooth out and look normal I think. But I can not definitively say. Sorry, not more help!

      1. Thank you! I forgot I already asked and I asked this question again please just disregard. I might try it anyway, I mean, it can’t be any worst than it is right now I’m thinking. Idk what the builder was thinking with these clam shell sinks must have been a fad in the late 80s. I’m thinking of sanding the cracks fill them and sand again. I’m eventually going to change it anyway. I’ll post a pick if I can and it comes out good.

  3. You say you’ve never used this technique on Corian but your before pictures look like Corian and not real marble; it looks like all one piece, like the manufactured Corian?
    Also, what is the ‘drop test durability’ of this technique? Does it chip or crack?

    1. Hey Terri!

      My countertop is all one piece and was cultured marble. And with regular day-to-day use there has been no chipping or cracking for us. I did this in our last home and used it for about 2-3 years before we moved with no issues. This one has held up for the last year with no issue.

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