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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Painting Bathroom Cabinets

I have wanted to update our front bathroom cabinets since we moved in five years ago.

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I made some step by step video’s for those of you who might consider doing this in the future. There are also before and after photo’s included at the bottom of the post.

My cabinets were originally a shiny oak. Lightly sanding the shine off is a must.

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Next came one coat of primer.
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Followed by two coats of white latex paint.

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A bit of distressing, a wash of glaze, new knobs and hardware completed the task. 

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Are you considering painting your cabinets?



Vanessa said...

Looks great!! I have painted my oak cabinets and that was the best thing I have ever done! Your cabiets look awesome, love the glazing! Have a nice day!

My Cottage Charm said...

Hey There! :)
I liked your post on your cabinets. I re-did all of my kitchen cabinets a while back.....shew, talk about a job! I'll be blogging on that sometime in the future. :)
I sent your post card out, hope you get it soon. Have fun in New Orleans and take lots of pictures! :)

My Cottage Charm said...

Oh, by the way, did you buy new hinges or re-do the old ones? :)

Screaming Meme said...

It looks great! Nice job! Meme

LiLi M. said...

It turned out beautiful! Your work paid off! Our bathroomclosets are made from some artificial material, so no sanding and painting :-( we have to remove it all, but I'm not looking forward to that!

The Cookie Girl said...

Oh they turned ot beautifully Laura!
I am going to be painting our NEW kitchen cabinets with a distressed look as soon as we finish the rest of the kitchen renovations.
I did my 4 breakfast table chairs that were given to me and I love the look.
I did them a macadamia nut color with a brown distress. I thought I should do my cabinets the same color and paint my island black.
What's your opinion on this?
I love your Spring-y green header too.

L. D. Burgus said...

Thanks for sharing the process. I may try it now that I understand how to do it.

Victoria said...

I painted my spinning bookcase in our upstairs loft. White is such a clean color. You just cant go wrong. Your cabinets look much much better.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love the fresh green you've added to your banner, Laura! I have oak kitchen cabinets I want to paint. I think they would look great {cream with a glaze}, I'm just dreading the taking off of doors and drawers.

someplace in thyme said...

They look perfect and just think, you did it all yourself. It looks like a lot of work, but well worth it all in the end. What a fantastic result, Char

GardenofDaisies said...

We painted kitchen and bathroom cabinets a few years back. What a big job it was. Like you, we went lighter than the original color and it made the space look a lot bigger.
I love all the pretty greens in your header too!

Really Rainey said...

How fortuitous that you posted that today... I am going out to get paint to paint my guest bath and I have been pondering painting the cabinets... My guest bathroom looks just like yours... so I was really able to picture how mine would come out painted. fantastic post, thank you so much!
~Really Rainey~

Blondie's Journal said...

The cabinets look fabulous, Laura. I haven't gotten the hang of using a glaze and am a little lost on what to buy when it comes to that. You sound like an old pro! :-)


Mildred said...

I love your cabinets. Yours are very similar to what the painter did in our laundry room. For the bathroom vanity, she put a coat of red, followed by black crackle for an interesting effect to match the granite. I watched and I know what a time consuming process it is. You did a great job.

fairfieldhouse said...


Your bathroom vanity looks great. It's amazing what some paint can do. I am debating whether to keep the pedestal sinks we have in the master bath or put in a farm table converted to vanity. Decisions, decisions.


Janet said...

Actually I am considering painting mine. They are currently oak, and I'd like to paint them white, so maybe your post will push me to finally do it!

Meri Wiley said...

Hi Laura,

I'm on the hunt for local crafters and I was wondering if you do any, or know of anyone interested. A few of us are having a boutique in April in Mesa. You can find a button for information on Sherry's site ( or my site ( or Sandy's site ( I hope to hear from you, or if you know anyone, please have them contact either myself Meri Wiley or Sandy. Thanks.


P.S. your cabinets look awesome, you did an amazing job.

Debbie said...

I am in the processing of restaining some of mine a dark espresso color! I may post some photos one day.
Yours look wonderful.

Jeanette said...

You did a great job. I want to redo my bathroom cabinets also.

Lisa @ akawest said...

Pretty!!! No cabinet door painting, just walls, at least for the foreseeable future in this house. It has only been three months, so I am not tired of the maple.

Destiny said...

You read my mind! I've got the SAME bathroom cabinets and have been wanting to paint them white since we moved in 2 years ago. Convincing my husband is another story...he said he'd let me put on hardware, but he doesn't want to paint them. He's afraid if we move that no potential buyer would like them...WHATEVER! Yours look GREAT!!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial....I'll share it with him : )

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

wowwwwwwwwwwwww! they look gorgeous!!!! thanks for the how-to!! I have been wanting to do my kitchen cabinets! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I have oak cabinets like yours in my bathrooms and also my kitchen. I would love to paint them some time too. Thanks for the inspiration! Love & blessings from NC!

Teri said...

What perfect timing! I've been wanting to paint my bathroom cabinets, but wasn't sure where to begin. Hopefully, mine will come out half as good as yours!

Leanne said...

THe cabinets look awesome. Great job! Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Meri Wiley said...

Hi Laura,

Well, it sounds like you might be able to squeeze us in between the business and the blog??? LOL

I'd like to have things somewhat in stone at least 1.5 to 2 weeks prior to the show. Will that give you enough time to decide? I really hope you're able to fit us in, and I'd love to meet you. For better communication, here's my email:


Mimi said...

HI Laura!!!!
We are thinking Sat. March 27th for our AZ blogger lunch!!!! I hope you can make it!!!! I think Downtown somewhere, like Teeter House!!!!
Wish my mom could see this post!!!!

Jill Elaine said...

what is the glaze wash? And how does it affect the finished look?

ScrappinAway said...

I love that you just went for it and painted your cabinets! I would like to paint my kitchen ones, but I worry about resale (we would like to move in a couple years) and I am not sure I should do it. But you have given me something to ponder!!

My Cottage Charm said...

Hey Laura
Just wanted to invite you to a party at my first ever Treasure Trove Thursday..just put in a link to something you love! :)
Have a great day and hope to see you there!

Liz said...

Yes! I am considering it.... Yours look awesome! I'm just intimidated. You made it look easy though.... I may reconsider... :)


Linda said...

That looks excellent!!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I'm loving the white wash look! Very beautiful! I want them!!!

K.Ketils said...

Thanks for the videos, this is very well done,I like this white cabinet.

Kim Kasch said...

I love those - but with my handy husband - I had him rebuild my cabinets with fir and maple - it turned out gorgeous.