Paint Bathroom Cabinets

Learn step-by-step how to paint bathroom cabinets to give your space a fresh look. Our easy guide walks you through the process from start to finish.

Painting your bathroom vanity can become a virtual nightmare if you do not have the proper supplies and good knowledge of the process to follow. After reading this article, you can paint a bathroom vanity yourself without needing any other guide.

So why paint your bathroom vanity? Why not purchase the desired coloured vanity and save yourself from all the hassle?

Well, there is not one but multiple answers to this question,

1. Your desired colour might not be available in the vanity you want to purchase, so now you want to change the colour to your liking.

2. You are tight on budget and hence can’t afford a new vanity just for a colour change.

3. It’s time for the annual renovation, and you want to change the theme of your bathroom.

Painting the bathroom cabinet requires around 15-17 hrs of work, and depending on the size and colour choice, you can expect the total cost of the project to be around 30-70$.

Here is the list of supplies you will be needing;

  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Paint tray and stir stick
  • Paintbrushes or rollers
  • Painter’s tape
  • Drop cloths or newspaper
  • Optional: protective topcoat or sealant
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper (medium and fine grit)
  • Tack cloth or damp cloth

Also Read: How To Make The Bathroom Smell Good

Step 1 

Clear out the space

Lay down a couple of drop cloths and a newspaper beneath the cabinet to protect the flooring from paint drips and dust.


Unplug the hardware 

Now you have to identify all the external and internal hardware pieces attached to the vanity, such as door handles, knobs, hinges, and any removable shelves.

You can’t skip this step. Otherwise, the hardware will inevitably get painted, and it will be none less than a headache to get the paint off them.

For your ease, you can group pieces of hardware of the same component, put them in a plastic bag, and label them so it will be much easier for you to assemble everything back.

Make use of a drill or screwdriver to remove the hardware.

Step 3

Remove the dirt and sand the cabinets 

Now, use a damp cloth to remove any dust and debris accumulated in the drawers, and wipe the inner and outer surfaces of the cabinet, too.

Suppose there is any stubborn substance clinging to the cabinet. In that case, you can use warm, soapy water, nail polish remover, vegetable oil, and vinegar mixed with water to remove it.

Apply the chosen substance to the affected area, rub it gently, and leave it for a couple of minutes. Once the surface is dry now you can begin to sand the surface.

Use medium grit sandpaper. It will make the surface rough, and hence, the premier and paint will stick better to the surface.

Step 4

Prime the cabinets 

Evenly apply a coat of primer to the cabinets using a wide paintbrush or roller.

Turn on the fan (If any ) and leave to dry, it usually takes several hours for the primer to dry off completely. The primer will create a uniform surface to which the paint will adhere.

Consider reading manufacturer instructions on how long you should leave it to dry.

Step 5 

Sand again (Optional)

Some primers raise the grain of the wood. If it’s the case with yours, use fine-grit sandpaper to remove the imperfections. Remember, before you apply the paint, the surface should be smooth and well-primed.

Step 6

Also Read: Why Does Your Bathroom Smell Like Paint Thinner?


Paint Bathroom Cabinets

Stir the paint thoroughly before applying. Apply the paint on a small portion first, preferably at the back of the cabinet. This way, you’ll get to know if it’s giving the your desired colour.

Let the paint dry, and try different lighting colours to make sure it’s the finish you want. Once satisfied now, you can begin with the paint job.

The retailers recommend using the paint within 24 hours after having it mixed. Make sure to wear gloves, use the roller for large flat surfaces, and use a tapered brush for the details. After applying one coat on the cabinet, let it dry and only then begin with the second coat.

At least two coasts will be required for each side of the cabinet. It is advised to begin with cabinet doors because it will take them longer to dry as you have to wait before you turn them over to paint the opposite side.

When painting the drawers, be cautious of painting the drawer’s sides or girl hardware. You can use painter’s tape to protect them from accidental brush strokes.

Also Read: Can You Use Waterproof Bathroom Paint Instead Of Tiles?


Dry and reassemble

The drying process will take up to 24 hours. Once everything is dried you can begin with reattaching the hardware. Use the screwdriver to reattach the drawer pulls, screw the hinges into the door, and hand the doors on the cabinetry box. 

Step 8

Apply a top coat 

Now, it is time to wrap things up. Apply a protective topcoat or sealant

To protect the cabinets from moisture and water, which can cause mould and decolouration.

After this, clean up the space and remove any stain on the food made during the process. Now, ¼th the price of a new cabinet, you have made your old cabinet just look like new.

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