Do you doubt whether you can paint your bathroom cabinets or need to hire an expert? It might amaze you, but you can simply paint bathroom cabinets and bathroom vanity without any expert’s help. Don’t worry! We’ve got your back; in this complete guide, we’re going to mention some budget-effective steps to paint bathroom cabinets. 


However, this cabinet painting project might take a couple of weeks, depending on the work intensity. But, if you are willing to do it the right way possible, keep on scrolling to make it as good as you imagine. 

So, let’s get started with the basics of how to paint bathroom cabinets!

Basics Of “Paint Bathroom Cabinet”

Mostly wooden cabinets are installed in bathrooms, giving you the easiest material to paint with. However, you can also paint other materials like melamine and thermofoil, but they might not give the same satisfactory results as wood. 

If you want to make your task easier and quicker, let me share a great hack! You can also remove your cabinets before painting. Even if you don’t want to remove the whole cabinet, you can unclip the door for better brush movement. It will make your job hassle-free and take less time. 

What Paint Option Should I Select? 

It is one of the most asked questions by people looking to paint bathroom cabinets for the first time. Here is the simple to understand answer for this query. There are two types of paints available: water-based and oil-based. Each can be used for different materials. 


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Oil-based paints usually give a durable and shiny look after drying and are perfect for polluted areas. Water-based paints dry up more quickly and give a semi-gloss finish. 

WARNING: If you’ve chosen oil-based paints as your cabinet paint use in ventilated areas but, if it is not possible, make sure to have a respirator to make a steady flow of air towards the painted area.

Prepare the Painting Area Before Hand

After choosing the paint type, the equally important task is to prepare the working area. To prepare the workspace, you have to remove all the objects like cabinets, drawers, and small items. Moreover, to prevent all the floor mess, spread rough cloth to catch any fallen paints. 

Additionally, you can use painter’s tape around the edges, countertops, and the joints you want to protect from paint. If you have removed the cabinet’s door, then place a piece of painter’s tape to label which door belongs to which cabinet. 

Things You Will Need To Get Started


Rubber gloves


Paint tray



Putty knife


Drill machines



Painter’s tape

Drop cloth

New hinges


Paint primer

Grit sandpaper

New knobs (optional)


Step # 1 | Clean And Sand The Cabinet

To start the process, you have to clean the outside of the cabinets with a chemical or cleaner to remove all the dirt and grease from the surface before painting. Also, if you are looking forward to painting the inside of the cabinet, then clean it as well. 

Sand the doors with sandpaper to prevent the dull sides or any rough edges before painting. Moreover, to clean the dust from the doors, use a damp cloth. If your cabinets are in good condition and do not require sanding, use a liquid DE glosser to remove the glossy shine. 

Step # 2 | Test the Paint and Apply Primer

You can test your paint by priming and painting the small portion of the cabinet’s door rather than putting the whole thing together. It will help you decide whether you’re good to go with the chosen cabinet paint or not. Also, you can check if the paint is giving you the desired look. 

If your cabinet has a lot of details, select a tapered brush to put them off. Otherwise, you can quickly coat the cabinet door with a paint roller. Also, do not forget to cover the floor and the counters you don’t want to spoil by unnecessary spilled paint. 

Step # 3 | Start Applying the Paint

Here comes the fun part! Start painting off your cabinets or bathroom vanity. Most paint stores recommend using the paint within a day after mixing it; for the best results, stir it before pouring it into the paint’s tray. 

Start applying the first light coat to the front, drawer doors, or cabinets. Make sure to use the brushes according to the type of paint you’ve selected. After that, resemble the cabinets and apply a second coat. Do not forget to paint both sides of the cabinets or drawers. 

Step # 4 | Reassemble the Cabinets

For the last step, re-attach all the doors, drawers, hardware to the cabinet boxes. If the hardware needs some finish, you can spray paint them and dry them before attaching them. You can also go for some dramatically updated cabinets by replacing the old cabinet hardware and pulls with the new one. 

Tips To Get The Desired Result When You Paint Bathroom Cabinets

If you doubt getting a smooth finish, consider renting a power spray. You can ask a local paint store to guide you about the spray which works well for you. It will help you tackle the big project easily and give an equal finish at every corner. 


So, when you paint bathroom cabinets at home it’s an easy process that has some steps to follow. We’ve mentioned an easy stepwise guide and some essential tips that would help you upgrade your bathroom look. Do let us know if you like it or not. 


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Jeff Kennedy

Editor in Chief

of Vade Mecum of Luxury Journal, multiple site contributor, writer, renovation professional He has been an active participant in the construction industry for 32 years, doing everything from design to finish work.
He shares his unique perspective on renovation and construction through writing about professional experiences. Jeff’s motto is that “enjoying what you do is the best feeling.” If you enjoy your job with friends, then you will never have to go to work!

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