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Tips and Tricks on How to Easily Repaint Cabinets

Did you paint your cabinets and they didn’t turn out how you hoped? You can easily repaint cabinets with these tricks!

Gray Painted Cabinets

When I bought my first home a few years ago, I jumped on the gray bandwagon. 

I painted everything in my house gray, even my bathroom vanity which I was never crazy about.

So, I decided to learn how to repaint gray painted vanity. Read below for my tips and tricks to repainting cabinets.

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Repainted cabinets!

Painting Bathroom Vanity

My master bathroom has outdated tile, and I just didn’t want to spend the money to remove and replace it all. 

The tile expands up the shower wall, around the tub, on the floor, and along the edge of the wall. 

Instead of trying to replace the tile, I thought painting ugly orangey wood vanity would help make the tile look a little better.

Painting the vanity gray definitely brightened up the space and cooled down the orange tones in the tile, but I went with the wrong shade of gray. 

Why I am Repainting my Cabinets

The paint job on my bathroom vanity was super smooth, but the color just wasn’t right.

I finally decided to change the vanity after finding the perfect shade of green.

It is a green with gray undertones of course because I can’t totally ditch gray yet.

I am using the same brand of cabinet paint because it is the best paint that I have ever used.

All I have to do is have the paint tinted with my new gray green color and get to work.

Before- The gray is too purple looking in person.

How to Repaint Cabinets

If you are repainting a bathroom vanity, piece of furniture, or kitchen cabinets then these are the steps that you will want to follow. 

Remove all of the doors, hardware, and drawers before sanding. 

Make sure to wear an N95 mask when sanding previously painted cabinets.

Lightly sand all areas that are going to be painted to roughen up the surface. 

The sanding doesn’t need to be down to the wood, but you do want to sand every groove and corner.

I know sanding sounds annoying, but it really take that long and the prep work is worth the end result.

It took me about 10 minutes to hand sand a large double sink bathroom vanity.

So kitchen cabinets would most likely take about an hour, which isn’t too bad to achieve super smooth painted cabinets.

You could even speed up this process and use a sander instead of hand sanding.

Cleaning the Cabinets

Now that your cabinets have been sanded down, it is time to remove all of the debris. 

Grab a rag and wipe all of the sand down then vacuum the floor to remove all sanding dust. 

If you have small attachments for your vacuum, you could even use the vacuum to get into the tight grooves of the doors. 

After removing the dust, grab another clean rag dipped in soapy water to wipe all areas of the cabinets down. 

Since my bathroom vanity did not have the kitchen grease like a typical kitchen, I skipped the soapy water part.

My Favorite Cabinet Paint

I have used this cabinet paint on a few other projects and I am so happy with the final product.

This paint will leave you with a very smooth finish and is very durable.

The paint can also, be tinted any color that you want to customize your cabinets or furniture.

Learn more about my favorite cabinet paint here.

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Repainting Cabinets

Before you start painting, make sure that all areas that are going to be painted are dry. 

This paint has paint, primer, and clear coat mixed in, so no need to apply primer!

Now you can start cutting in with a Wooster Pro paint brush for semi-gloss and enamels.

This Wooster brush is the best paint brush I’ve ever used to paint cabinets.

The bristles are very soft which leaves you with very little brush strokes.

After doing all of the cuts on your cabinets, start rolling on the paint with a high density foam roller.

Items Used to Redo Painted Cabinets:

How to Redo Painted Cabinets

I prefer to cut in first with a brush then roll on the paint because this will help blend any brush strokes.

Follow these same steps on your cabinet doors and drawers for a smooth finish.

Do not use an overly saturated brush or roller as you will end up with paint drips and lines on your cabinets.

After you applied the first coat of paint wait a few hours or more before applying the 2nd coat of paint.

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Applying the Second Coat of Paint

Follow all of the same steps listed above to apply the second coat of paint.

There is not need for a top coat because this paint is very durable and the protective top coat is mixed in.

My green cabinets only took 2 coats of paint, so after I applied the second coat of paint I let the cabinets dry for at least 24 hours.

Your cabinets will feel dry to the touch but they are not fully cured, so be careful not to smudge the paint.

After the cabinets have completely dried, hang the cabinets and place the drawers back in.

Then place bumpers behind all doors and drawers to prevent cabinets from sticking and to provide softer close.

Now that your cabinet doors and drawers are in place, it’s time for hardware.

I absolutely love how my bathroom vanity redo came out!

It only took me a weekend to complete and less than $20 to totally transform the look of my bathroom.

I am getting ready to change the color of the mirror frame to better match my updated vanity.

If you don’t have a mirror frame, you should consider adding a mirror frame for an inexpensive update for your bathroom.

A mirror frame is so simple to install right over the existing mirror and can be customized to match any decor.

If you need more tips and tricks to paint cabinets, check out my other post about my painted kitchen cabinets.

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