How to paint a bathroom cabinet on a budget?

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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 08, 2021

    Clean with TSP and scout out the “oops” section of paint for something you like. You can pick up paint cheaply. I got a gallon of high end paint for $15 and I’m painting a cabinet with it.

  • Janice Janice on Aug 08, 2021

    Kathy's advice is right on. Depending on the cabinet's size, it likely won't take very much paint so you get a quart of pretty good paint for not too many $. Remember that prep is key!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 08, 2021

    Clean it well and prep properly considering what it is made of.

    I frequent the mistake section of paint at DIY stores to see if there is anything that is suitable. Also, you could check out Restores, they have some there for cheap prices.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Aug 08, 2021

    if the cabinet is small enough you can get buy with buying a sample paint can that will cover it at HOme Depot they are less than $5

    make sure you get a paint that is for wood or laminate whatever your cabinet is made of


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    • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Aug 08, 2021

      I just bought some for a full hall bath vanity - my vanity has 2 doors, 2 drawers and a center piece and a side piece and those sample jars covered it and had some left over for touch ups ~ I picked my color and they mixed it up and although I tried 3 colors to get what I wanted it was better than paying for a gallon of paint

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 08, 2021

    Oops paint in the paint section.


    For me the prep has always been the most important part. Clean, sand and clean again to get dust off.

    Hubby found a 5 gallon bucket of outdoor semi gloss white paint at Lowes for $35. Nothing wrong with it they were just in the process of changing labels. Don't know why they couldn't just slap a new label over the old one but they didn't and we got a awesome buy. Wish that happened more often. icon

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 08, 2021

    Hello, check the paint section for mistint paint, you can pick it up quite cheaply, just make sure it is clean and dry before you begin to paint

  • Clean it well and sand any rough areas. Buy some paint made for cabinets. Prime and paint.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 08, 2021

    Hi, D.I.Y with paint ( satin finish ) and brush or small roller.

  • You can definitely do it by yourself, just make sure that it is clean. May sanding it down before painting it.

  • Betsy Betsy on Aug 09, 2021

    Hi Denise: You can hie yourself down to the paint or home improvement store and get a can of mistinted paint fairly cheap. Remember, preparation is the key. If the surface is slick, you need to rough it up with sanding or primer.


    Good luck

  • Dee Dee on Aug 11, 2021

    First clean with a good cleaner degreaser. Purple Power or Krud Cutter. Rinse well. then lightly sand with a sanding sponge. Clean off once again and prime with a gripping primer. The use a good latex paint, either in eggshell or satin. If you have a paint sprayer that will eliminate brush marks. If not get the rubber 4 inch or 6 inch rollers for doors and paint. You will probably have to paint 2 coats. No top coat is needed.

  • Denise Denise on Aug 12, 2021

    Thanks for the information, will be doing this in the fall.

  • Denise Denise on Aug 14, 2021

    Thanks for your help, your vanity looks good.


  • Homeroad Homeroad on Aug 15, 2021

    Here is how I painted and repaired the water damage on my bathroom cabinet. A little paint makes it look like new! https://www.homeroad.net/2018/03/repairing-water-damaged-bathroom-vanity.html

  • Denise Denise on Aug 15, 2021

    Thanks everyone for your help with painting my bathroom cabinet, I think I can do it now.