how to repaint bathroom cabinets

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Back when I revealed my guest bathroom makeover, I told you that I’d share all of the nitty, gritty details of painting the bathroom cabinets. I’m finally ready to share the Average DIY Girl’s Guide to Painting Cabinets. It’s so easy, no professional tools are needed! Yay!!
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These bathroom cabinets sit behind the door in our hall/guest bathroom. They’ve been this honey stain color since we moved in in 2000. I love wood cabinets dark and light, but I’m not a fan of this particular stain. With all the home improvement we’ve done in the past few years, this space always seemed to get the back burner treatment until last week.
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Once the primer is dry, apply two thin coats of enamel paint to the cabinets, drawers, and doors. For bathroom and kitchen cabinets, I prefer the BM Advance water based alkyd enamel paint in semi gloss or gloss. This paint acts like an oil based paint, with a longer open time and it also levels well which reduces visible brush strokes. The color I chose for these cabinets is ‘Soft Chamois’.
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Over the last 30 years or so, builders have consistently installed oak vanities in bathrooms. Although there is nothing wrong with them, over time, they just start to look a little “blah.” An easy weekend project to update the appearance of your bathroom is to give your old oak vanity a new paint job. Like any paint job, it requires some preparation and patience, but the end result is you have a great looking new bathroom at little more than the cost of a can of paint. Here’s how to paint your bathroom vanity.
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Kate – I do have a question for you…..if I am adding bead-board wallpaper and painting my bathroom cabinets all in the same room, should the whites match? For example I was planning to use ‘Soft Chamois” for the cabinets, should I cover the wallpaper once it’s up with a coat of ‘Soft Chamois” as well?
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Been wanting to do my bathroom cabinets for a long time. And, this is the look that I always wanted to achieve. Love the white, so clean and fresh. Thanks for the how to, off to Lowe’s.
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I’m so glad I stopped by today and noticed this post. I’ve got two bathrooms that I want to paint the cabinets in. (They’re cherry, but the really awful fake color kind.) 🙁 I’ve been putting it off because I don’t want to try painting them and have it end up looking worse… Thanks for the tips – the painter pyramids are so cool, I’ve never seen them before! Your guest bathroom looks fabulous, I love the colors you chose and I am especially fond of the lighting sconces you chose for the vanity wall.
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Thank you soooo much for your ideas!!!! I am preparing to paint all my bathroom cabinets this summer. I would have done it all wrong if I had not come across your blog. I do have a question. Do you have any idea how to repair small nicks on them. I have three girls who are little monkeys, and overtime they have had minor damage. Can I use a wood putty for it, or is that only for exterior things? Also there is a little scrape on the floor of one cabinet, any idea how to deal with that? Thank you again! To anyone wondering where to get the primer… I have seen it at Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, and Ace in Md. It was recommended to me by a professional, and I’ve been using it ever since!
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I’m so glad I stopped by today and noticed this post. I’ve got two bathrooms that I want to paint the cabinets in. (They’re cherry, but the really awful fake color kind.) 🙁 I’ve been putting it off because I don’t want to try painting them and have it end up looking worse… Thanks for the tips – the painter pyramids are so cool, I’ve never seen them before! Your guest bathroom looks fabulous, I love the colors you chose and I am especially fond of the lighting sconces you chose for the vanity wall. Beautifully done!
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First remove all hardware and hinges, set them aside for reassembling cabinets when the painting is complete. Start by lightly sanding your cabinets to remove debris. No need to sand away the varnish, just scuff it up for one minute to get it clean, then follow up with a wipe of a liquid sander or deglosser, which preps your surface for primer. If you’re filling old hardware holes, use a wood filler before you prime.
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So, for my big home project, I decided to tackle the smallest cabinets in my house first: the guest/kid bath cabinets. Baby steps, y’all.
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HI! I found this via Pinterest and am excited to give it a try. I need to paint ALL of our home’s cabinets–like yours, they are honey oak. IN fact, my second bath looks almost identical to yours–the wall and door in between the sink and toilet/shower area? I have thought about ripping out that wall so many times . . . it seems so pointless to me. Anyway, I am a faithful chalk-paint user but have had reservations about using it on cabinets. I’m so glad to hear about this paint. Thanks for sharing a great post!
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I have the same question as the previous poster. My cabinets are white. They are custom cabinets so I am sure they were sprayed at the kitchen cabinet builder place. Anyway, do I just give them a light sanding and then prime them? There are a few areas where the paint is chipped off. I don’t want to screw it up, cause my husband will kill me! I would like to save the $2500. it will cost to have them done by a pro, not to mention have people underfoot. I can do it myself and take my time and use the money for a new sofa! Anxiously awaiting your response, also going to use the same color. I love it!
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Your cabinets do look so smooth! My kitchen cabinets are my next project, just waiting for a few warm days in the forecast. I don’t think we have an Ace near us, though. I’m not so much skeeered as lazy lol. I know its a lot of work! Thanks for sharing your tips
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I have been looking for ideas on painting kitchen cabinets so I would not have to resort to using expensive chalk paint. However, I want to glaze the cabinets as well. I’ll ask the staff at Ace. Thank you, thank you for the post!
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Would this work with vinyl cabinets? Yes, I have one of those OLD cabinets, maybe I should say formica. but with the zinser (which I love too) I would think it would I’ve just always wanted to know before I tried it. Great job and you are right, I don’t see a streak anywhere. I have a night stand I’ve been wanting to paint so I will definately try this on that as well.
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Congratulations on finishing the bathroom! I love the handles. Personally, I find it easy to get stuck at various points along a project, and then I end up living with unfinished rooms until I can find my motivation. Kudos to you to taking your time as you finish the house and doing it your way. Thanks as well for the tip on the pyramids. Those look really useful!
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Oh man, it doesn’t even look like the same room! This is so impressive. I’m not normally a vessel sink fan, but I think you’ve converted me. The wood countertops are unexpected in a bathroom, but I love them here. So, so great. 🙂 High-five!
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Jenny from anything pretty clued me in to this paint a few years ago and since then I’ve used it to paint all my honey oak trim and even refinish a dresser. It’s amazing stuff. Read her post(s) about it for even more tips. Like, don’t try to touch it up until it’s dry…the tackiness will ruin that spot! I’m going to be painting my bathroom vanity in high hiding white, straight out of the can. It takes a full 30 days to cure, so try and be gentle with it for a month. It’s such a nice, hard, enameled finish when it’s fully cured.
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Since most bathrooms are small, you just won’t have any room to work in the bathroom itself so start by removing the vanity drawers and doors and taking them right out of the room. Be sure to mark the bottom edges of the doors to indicate where each came from. Remove all the hardware and hinges and drop them into some warm, soapy water to soak prior to giving them a good cleaning.

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