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5 Steps to Repaint Your Bathroom Vanity Cabinets

Are you thinking about repainting your bathroom vanity cabinets? Perhaps, you’re not really sure how you can do this? Don’t worry because we’ve come to your aid! Repainting bathroom cabinets isn’t as easy as it sounds. It is considered to be a hectic and time-consuming task that requires an unreal amount of effort. However, we don’t want you going through such a struggle. So we’ve compiled the 5 simple steps that you can use to get your bathroom vanity cabinets repainted in no time!


If you’re looking to remodel your bathroom, the first and foremost thing that you should be concerned about is the bathroom cabinets. Vanity cabinets are known to define the theme and model of any bathroom. For this reason, a great bathroom makeover can be achieved by simply repainting the vanity cabinets. This article will guide you on how you can repaint your bathroom vanity cabinets with ease. So without further ado, let’s get straight into the guide.


Why Should You Repaint Your Bathroom Vanity Cabinets?

The primary reason for repainting bathroom vanity cabinets is to provide a new and fresh look to the bathroom. You can paint the cabinets in White, Grey, or another light color to brighten the room. Such colors also give the illusion to make the room seem bigger or faster than it actually is. Alternatively, you can also go for darker shades to complement or accent other colors in your room.

Furthermore, here are some additional benefits that come with repainting your bathroom vanity cabinets.

  1. Repainting vanity cabinets is much less expensive than replacing them with new cabinets.

  2. Gives your kitchen a new look that you can enjoy for several years.

  3. Repainting cabinets is an efficient job and requires much less time than other alternatives.

  4. Greatly enhances the value of your home.

  5. You get a vast variety of color combinations to choose from.

How to Repaint Your Bathroom Vanity Cabinets?

When repainting bathroom cabinets, you can either hire a professional painter to get this job done for you. Alternatively, you can also repaint the cabinets by yourself and save the labor costs. Repainting bathroom vanity cabinets can be a tough job, but we’re here to make this experience much simpler for you. All you have to do is read and follow along with the 5 steps of repainting bathroom vanity cabinets listed below.



1. Remove the Cabinets

First and foremost, you need to start by removing the cabinet doors and drawer faces from the vanity. Painting without removing the hardware isn’t suggested as the hinges and handles might also get painted and this would affect the functioning of the cabinets. Keep in mind that you would need to reinstall the hardware after the components have been repainted, so it is suggested to make a map of how doors and drawers go together in the vanity.

The instruments that you would require in this step are a cordless drill or a screwdriver. Use the cordless drill or screwdriver to carefully remove the screws and place them in a container to avoid misplacing them. After all, screws have been removed, the cabinet doors and drawer faces should come off with ease.


2. Thoroughly Clean the Cabinets

It is important to get rid of any layer of dust, dirt, or grease before applying the paint. Use a good cleaning product, such as Trisodium Phosphate (TSP), to clear the faces of the cabinet box, cabinet doors, and drawer faces. When using TSP for cleaning, there are certain requirements that you must fulfill. Add and mix water to the TSP in a bucket and use a sponge to clean the surfaces.

Next, you might need to sand the surfaces to make them smoother and get rid of any imperfections. You can do this with the help of 120 or 220-grit sandpaper. Wrap the sandpaper around a small sponge and rub it against the surfaces that need to be smoothed. Alternatively, you can also use a liquid de-glosser to get rid of the glossy finish on cabinets and help the new paint adhere to the old finish.





3. Test the New Paint

Now, you must test the new color by priming and painting the back of a cabinet door before you apply the paint on other surfaces. Testing a new paint color allows you to observe how the new color adjusts to your cabinets. Additionally, it also allows you to see if the paint finish will adhere to the cabinetry. In case of dissatisfaction, feel free to reach out to your nearest paint shop for advice regarding the matter.

Before applying the actual paint color, you need to apply the primer. While doing so, you can use painter's tape to protect the walls and mirrors from paint drops. To apply the primer, you can either use a roller or a paintbrush. If you’re working with large flat surfaces, then a roller should be a more suitable option for you.





4. Apply the Paint

Finally, it’s time to apply the paint! You are recommended to use the paint within 24 hours of purchase to ensure even coverage. Stir the paint properly and pour it into a paint tray for further use. Grab a roller or paintbrush and dip them into the paint tray. Apply the paint on one side of the cabinet doors and allow the paint to dry. Afterward, do the same with the opposite side of the cabinet doors.

Once you’re done with the doors, you can start painting the insides of your cabinets. Paint the cabinets with thin coats. Thinner coats have fewer drips; therefore, resulting in a high-quality paint job. You would need to apply at least two coats on each side while painting the bathroom vanity cabinets.





5. Reinstall the Cabinets

Once all the paint is applied, you need to wait patiently to let the paint dry up. Keep in mind that the paint may take nearly 5 hours to properly dry up. Once the bathroom cabinet paint has dried completely, you can start by reattaching the drawer pulls. Next, screw the hinges onto the doors and hang the doors on the cabinetry box following the map that you made at the start. Lastly, slide each drawer back into place and your bathroom vanity cabinet repaint is complete!




Remodeling your bathroom cabinets can become a long and time-consuming process, but it's worth it. If you have the time to work on it and patience, you will get the results that you want. Another option is to talk with a professional painting company. We can give you a NO COST estimate so you can decide later. Good luck!

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