How to Paint Bathroom Cabinets in 7 Easy Steps

Wondering how to paint bathroom cabinets? Revamping your bathroom cabinets with a fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into the space, giving it a modern and updated look.

In this step-by-step tutorial, I'll guide you through the process of painting bathroom cabinets, from disassembly to the final strokes of paint.

Follow these simple steps to achieve a professional finish that will not only enhance the aesthetics of your bathroom but also provide lasting durability.

Tools and materials

  • Screwdriver
  • Marker
  • Mild detergent or TSP cleaner
  • Sandpaper (120 and 220 grit)
  • Wood filler
  • Putty knife
  • Oil-based primer (e.g., SW ProBlock Oil-Based Primer)
  • Paint sprayer
  • Quality paint
Labeling cabinet pieces

Step 1: Label and Disassemble

Before diving into the painting process, start by labeling each drawer and door to ensure a smooth reassembly. Use a marker for clear identification. Once labeled, carefully remove all drawers and doors using a screwdriver.

Washing cabinets

Step 2: Clean Thoroughly

To create a clean surface for painting, wash each cabinet piece thoroughly with a mild detergent or TSP cleaner. This removes any accumulated grime or residue that could affect the adhesion of the paint.

Filling holes with wood filler

Step 3: Fill Old Hardware Holes

Inspect the cabinet doors and drawers for old hardware holes. Fill these holes with wood filler using a putty knife. Allow the filler to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Lightly sanding the wood

Step 4: Lightly Sand

Using 120 and 220-grit sandpaper, lightly sand each piece of wood. This step helps create a smooth surface for the primer to adhere to. Be sure to sand in the direction of the wood grain for the best results.

Applying an oil-based primer

Step 5: Apply Oil-Based Primer

Now, it's time to apply the oil-based primer. Choose a thick primer like Sherwin-Williams ProBlock Oil-Based Primer and use a paintbrush for application.

This primer prevents old stains from bleeding through the paint. Ensure an even and thorough coat, and allow it to dry completely before proceeding.

Loading the paint sprayer

Step 6: Load Paint Sprayer

Use the best paint for bathroom cabinets to load your paint sprayer. I recommend Benjamin Moore Advance or Sherwin-Williams Emerald Urethan Trim Enamel. Both paints are durable and do not require a clear coat.

Either grayish-blue or grayish-green are great paint colors for bathroom cabinets. Paint sprayers are perfect for even distribution with zero brushstrokes. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your specific paint sprayer model.

Spray-painting cabinets

Step 7: Paint with Precision

With the paint sprayer loaded, apply an even coat of paint to each cabinet piece. Work in smooth, controlled strokes, ensuring complete coverage. Allow the first coat to dry before applying a second if necessary.

Cabinets before the makeover
How to paint bathroom cabinets

How to paint bathroom cabinets

Congratulations! You've successfully transformed your bathroom cabinets, giving them a fresh and updated appearance.

With the right supplies and careful execution, your painted cabinets will not only enhance the aesthetic of your bathroom but also withstand the test of time. Enjoy your newly rejuvenated space!

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