How to Paint Bathroom Cabinets: Without Leaving Brush Strokes!

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This week I’ve been painting my bathroom cabinets. I’m here to tell you that this doesn’t have to be a scary undertaking. It can be easy, look professional and you can avoid brush strokes!


Below I’ve laid out a quick “How to Paint Bathroom Cabinets” tutorial. Here’s the most important piece of advice I have for you: Don’t skip any steps! I’m impatient so many times I want to skip steps like sanding and just get the job done. Don’t do it. Follow the steps to get a perfect finish on your bathroom cabinets!


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Step 1: Remove Hardware


First remove all the hardware, including the knobs and pulls. Also, take the doors off the cabinet by removing the hinges.

Step 2: Clean with TSP Cleaner


Next I mixed TSP with water to clean off any grime from the cabinets. Some people skip this step since next you’ll be sanding. However, in my opinion, I recommend doing this step since your sanding will be very light (only with 220 grit sandpaper). This cleaning step helps make sure that you won’t need to really work at sanding off grime.

Step 3: Lightly Sand & Remove Dust with Tack Cloth


Lightly sand the cabinets with 220 grit sandpaper. This can be done very quickly. You just want to rough up the surface a bit. Then remove any dust with a tack cloth.

Step 4: Apply the Primer


Here is what you will need for applying the primer: Sherwin-Williams Extreme Bond Primer, an angled Purdy Nylox Paint Brush and a Purdy mini roller with a White Dove 1/4″ nap roller cover.


This primer will create a nice surface for your paint to adhere to. The paint brush has very soft bristles, which will help eliminate visible brush strokes. The mini roller will help you get the job done quickly. The low nap of the roller cover will help you get a smooth finish.

Here is what you will need for applying the primer: Sherwin-Williams Extreme Bond Primer, an angled Purdy Nylox Paint Brush and a Purdy mini roller with a White Dove 1/4″ nap roller cover.


This primer will create a nice surface for your paint to adhere to. The paint brush has very soft bristles, which will help eliminate visible brush strokes. The mini roller will help you get the job done quickly. The low nap of the roller cover will help you get a smooth finish.

First paint the crevices of the doors/drawers with the paint brush. Apply a thin coat to avoid running and beading of paint. The primer will not cover perfectly and that’s okay! That’s not the point of a primer.

Immediately after painting crevices, go over the rest of the drawer/door/vanity with the roller. The roller will help smooth out the finish and give the cabinet a uniform finish. Once again, make sure to apply a light coat of paint.

Step 5: Lightly Sand the Primer and Remove Dust with a Tack Cloth


Once the primer is dry, lightly sand it with 220 grit sandpaper. Run your hand over the dried primer to ensure that you have a nice smooth finish.


Remove any dust with a tack cloth.


I applied two coats of the primer but I don’t think this was actually necessary.

Step 6: Apply Two Coats of Paint


Here are the tools that are your best friend for this step: Purdy paint pail, an angled Purdy Nylox Paint Brush, a Purdy White Dove 1/4″ nap mini roller and Frogtape Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape. The Frogtape will help you tape off the areas that are super hard to reach/get paint into without touching other surfaces.

You will want to follow the same process that you did for applying the primer. First, use the paint brush to paint any crevice areas (areas that can’t be painted well with a roller).

Immediately after you paint the crevices, go over the rest of it with the roller, smoothing it all out to be one texture. Once again, make sure to apply only a thin coat of paint.

Make sure to use FrogTape when you want to achieve a really straight line in hard to reach areas. I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again: FrogTape is AMAZING! Unlike any other painter’s tape I’ve tried. I didn’t like painter’s tape until I met FrogTape. If you haven’t tried it yet, definitely try it!

Once the first coat of paint is dry, apply one more coat using the same technique.

Step 7: Attach the Doors, Put in the Drawers and Attach Pulls/Knobs


You’re to the last step! Once the paint is fully dry, put the hardware back on and the drawers back in.

Next add new pulls/knobs! Well, as you can see, I can’t decide what finish I like better. The top finish is a beautiful champagne bronze while the bottom is a modern black. What finish do you like best? I think I know which one I’ll be going with but we’ll see!

The Finished Painted Bathroom Vanity

My vanity is done and the finish is so good! I’m honestly amazed at how well the paint went on and self-leveled. This type of paint doesn’t require a top coat so I’ll report back in time on how it holds up to my children’s antics.

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  • Sandy Sandy on Sep 14, 2021

    What was the color you used. I really like it! Been trying to pick a color for my bathroom cabinets and I think I would like to use this color.

  • Susan Monroe Susan Monroe on Sep 14, 2021

    Looks very professional! Where did you get the shower curtain?

  • Ellen Viland Richard Ellen Viland Richard on Sep 28, 2021

    I have a Wagner spray painter, will that work for this project?

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  • C C on Sep 15, 2021

    Thank you! I hate our bathroom cabinet and have been thinking about painting. I sincerely appreciate your tutorial and will give it a shot.

  • Joni Smith Joni Smith on Sep 19, 2021

    Well done! You took your time and it looks like a professional did it. You should be proud of the final result!


    Joni

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