How do I paint my bathroom cabinets?


I am painting my bathroom cabinets first as a trial run before I paint the kitchen cabinets. I really want them to turn out OK. I have decided not to sand or prime and have reaseached milk and chalk paint that they say will do the job nicely.

I am wondering if anybody has actually done this project without sanding and priming? What paint did you choose? How difficult was the job? And what was the result?

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  • Cindy Cindy on Sep 03, 2018

    Hi Sally. I'm Cindy. Just today I did some research about a new paint product on the market. It's called Beyond Paint. To use this paint, begin with a clean surface. Then start painting. It eliminates the need to sand, prime, or seal. It does cost a little more than the average paint, but it costs a lot less than even a can of primer. I want to paint our kitchen cabinets and this is the paint I will be using. Best of luck to you Sally.

    • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Sep 05, 2018

      Hi Cindy, thanks so much for your suggestion. I decided to use Annie Sloan chalk paint to paint my cabinets so am waiting for it to arrive, hopefully next week. I have been on a roll, energy wise, and want it to last.

      How exciting that you are painting your kitchen, too, I hope all goes well. Let me know how you get on (and any obstacles that I should watch out for).

  • Beth Beth on Sep 03, 2018

    Check out this post from Erica at Designing Vibes- she painted her kitchen island with milk paint with great results:

    and here is a 6 month follow up post she did with how they are holding up:

    • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Sep 05, 2018

      Beth, thanks so much for the link. That was really helpful and got me started on some better research. Eventually, I decided on some chalk paint by Annie Sloan. They have some great colors and I decided on something really bright - cobalt blue to match the most prominent marble color in the backsplash. I am also going to paint the window sill, mirror frame and backsplash molding in this color and think it will look fine. They make a very small can, 4 oz. which I think will do nicely. I got it on Amazon.

      I painted my bathroom counter top with Gianni kit so it is a sandy color which I think will go well with the blue. The Dollar Tree marble backsplash turned out just fine after a lot of heart stopping mistakes.

  • Lisa Lisa on Sep 04, 2018

    I used a kit purchased at home depot called transformations. It was well worth it. Had every supply and dvd for instructions incase you need. It was easy to use ..even my kids helped. Finished in a weekend.. hardest part was finding new cabinet hardware to fit my cabinet as they were so old. I highly reccomend..i too am going to tackle the kitchen next thanks to this kit..the results are amazing.

    • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Sep 05, 2018

      Lisa, it's amazing how many different products and kits are out there for this project. I finally settled on Annie Sloan chalk paint and am now excitedly awaiting it's arrival.

      Good luck with your kitchen, let me know how you get on.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Sep 04, 2018

    Take a cabinet door and photo of existing kitchen or bath to the paint department of your home improvement store and ask for their advice. They have the newest paints/stains and application tools for a professional job. And may have ideas you haven't considered!

    • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Sep 05, 2018

      Hi Fiddle,

      Thanks so much for your suggestion. I did actually end up ordering on line and bought some Annie Sloan chalk paint from Amazon. Can't wait to start.

      All the best with your DIY projects.

  • I used a kit by Rustoleum, Cabinet Transformations and it made cabinet painting easy. It’s stull holding up. You can see what I did here:

  • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Sep 05, 2018

    Hi Becky, thanks so much for your suggestion. There are so many products out there it is mind-boggling. I did end up ordering some Annie Sloan chalk paint on Amazon and am now awaiting it's arrival. We'll see what happens.

  • It is super easy to paint your kitchen cabinets with Dixie Belle.

    Step one : Clean with White Lightning

    Step two : Paint one to two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral paint

    Step Three : Use Gator Hide for a water resistant finish.

    I am attaching some kitchens that have been painted with Dixie Belle Paint so you can see the outcome.

    Also, we did have a series of LIVE videos on a step by step tutorial of how to paint your kitchen cabinets. If you would like to watch them....

    Day one :

    Day two :

    Day three:

    Day four:

    Teri - If you ever need help or have any questions you can feel free to call us at 813-909-1962 during business hours. We have a full staff here eager to help you!

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Sep 21, 2018

    Sally: this paint is easy-peasy (no prep necessary)'s pricey... but a little goes a long way. (a way to save $ --- is to buy good brushes elsewhere)

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