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The Best Way to Paint a Bathroom Vanity

Here are my best tips and tricks on how to paint bathroom cabinets with a smooth finish, so it lasts for years to come!

If you don’t want to spend a lot of time and money to renovate your bathroom, a painted vanity and mirror frame can make a big difference!

Why You Should Paint Bathroom Cabinets

I have painted every room in my home including my kitchen cabinets, several pieces of furniture, and more.

So, I decided to learn how to paint bathroom cabinets for a quick update instead of removing it.

I explain how to paint a vanity and how to build a simple mirror frame to match.

Read on to see how to paint a vanity – the proper way, so your painted vanity will last!

I love how my diy bathroom vanity came out, and it is holding up nicely even with 2 wild toddler boys!

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Easy Mirror Frame!

Before and After Painted Bathroom Vanity

Here is a before and after when I painted my bathroom vanity.

This DIY project was so easy and I finished it a weekend for under $30.

You can easily give your bathroom a whole new feel without any major demo.

So, grab a glass of wine and get to painting bathroom cabinets this weekend!

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Before and After

How to Paint Bathroom Cabinets Checklist:

The Best Paint to Use on Bathroom Cabinets

My favorite paint for painting bathroom cabinets is Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel Paint.

This paint is perfect for painting cabinets especially in a bathroom because it can resist mildew and moisture.

The semi-gloss finish adds a light shine that is easily wipeable.

Behr Interior Semi-Gloss enamel can be tinted in an paint color, so you have endless color options for your bathroom cabinets!

I have also used this paint on kitchen cabinets and furniture too! If you want to learn more about this Behr paint, you can read more here!

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After – Repainted to a Gray Green

Prepping for Painting Bathroom Cabinets

First remove all hardware, cabinet bumpers, cabinets doors, and drawers from the bathroom cabinets.

Then wipe down the vanity with a damp soapy sponge and wipe again with a rag to dry.

Once the cabinets are completely dry, you can begin painting the cabinets.

I painted the cabinets in my basement on a large drop cloth.

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Here is before I painted my vanity

Rollers For Painting Bathroom Cabinets

I recommend using smooth rollers so you do not get any unwanted texture on your cabinets.

Don’t forget to purchase a paint roller frame that will fit, if you do not already have one.

My go-to paint rollers for painting bathroom cabinets are, High Density Foam Rollers for smooth surfaces.

Best Paint Brushed for Painting Bathroom Cabinets

This brush is a little more than I typically spend on a brush, but you can use this brush multiple times if you wrap the brush.

Apply the paint with a Brush for Semi-Gloss and Enamel Paints into all areas that the roller cannot cover.

Then paint the entire surface with a high density foam roller and smooth out any brush strokes.

Prepping Your Bathroom Vanity for Painting

Begin by wiping down all surfaces of the vanity with a damp soapy sponge.

After the vanity has been properly cleaned, lightly sand all surfaces that are to be painted.

The sanding does not have to be down to the wood, just enough to roughen the surface so the paint sticks.

Then wipe down the vanity again to remove any dust from sanding.

Label Hardware

Remove and label vanity doors and drawers with a post it note, so you reinstall in the correct location when you are done painting.

Place any hardware in a plastic cup or bag, so you do not misplace these items.

How to Paint Bathroom Cabinets

The great thing about this paint is if you don’t like how the color came out, you can lightly sand and paint it again.

I first painted this vanity a darker gray, but just didn’t love it.

So, I lightly sanded the vanity again and repainted it a gray green instead.

Here are the best shades of green for any project, if you are thinking about painting your vanity green too!

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Smooth finish with the high density foam roller!

Applying the Second Coat of Paint

Wait at least a couple hours in between each coat.

I applied all paint to the front surface of the doors before flipping the doors.

The doors and drawers might feel dry to the touch, but they are not fully cured.

If you would rather not wait this long because you want to get this project done, I recommend painter’s pyramids. 

Painter pyramids prop up doors, so you can paint both sides of the door even if it is not dry.

Top Protective Coat

No Clear Coat is required – the paint and primer are all mixed in one to finish and seal the surface.

This paint is so durable!

I painted my bathroom cabinets 2 years ago, and they still look great!

If you prefer the extra protection, I recommend using a water-based polyurethane.

I was satisfied with the look of after 2 coats of paint, so I let them dry completely before putting them back on the vanity.

Replace Bathroom Cabinet Hardware

Once they were dried, I put them back on the vanity and replaced the hardware.

I was satisfied with the look of after 2 coats of paint, so I let them dry completely before putting them back on the vanity.

Once they were dried, I put them back on the vanity and replaced the hardware.

How to Fix Chipped Paint on Bathroom Cabinets

My painted vanity recently chipped because I slammed the scale against the vanity by accident.

I am surprised that this is the only chip on my painted vanity because I painted it nearly 3 years ago!

To fix the chipped paint, watch the video in this post or read more about caring for painted cabinets and vanities here.

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Before fixing the chip
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After fixing the chip

Cabinet Bumpers

After everything completely dried, replace cabinet bumpers on the back of the doors and drawers.

The cabinet bumpers allow your cabinets and drawers to close softer.

Hardware and Faucets

If you really want to take it up another notch, you could replace the hardware and faucets.

Below are some ideas to update your bathroom even further.

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Painted Bathroom Vanity in Behr Complex Gray

DIY Mirror Frame in Bathroom

Now that you have a freshly painted vanity, you should make a DIY mirror frame to match!

Believe it or not, there’s a quick, easy, and affordable way to change the look of your bathroom, without replacing anything.

Instead, you’re adding something – a simple DIY mirror frame around your already existing mirror.

Click here to see the rest of the instructions on how to add a frame to a bathroom mirror.

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