Builder Boring to Gorgeous Gray Cabinets. Does your home have boring builder grade cabinets? I gave our master bathroom cabinets a quick and easy update with paint and hardware. I’ve got all the step-be-step directions below for painting your bathroom cabinets.
Builder Boring to Gorgeous Gray Cabinets
Here’s the bathroom cabinets that I started with.
Don’t you just LOVE what paint and hardware can do!!! AMAZING
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- sanding block
- TSP cleaner
- Zinsser’s Bulls Eye 1 2 3 Primer
- paint brush
- foam roller
- Glidden’s Pebble Gray
How to Paint Your Bathroom Cabinets:
1 ~ Sand lightly.
I was using primer, so I wasn’t super concerned with the shine/stick factor, but I wanted to make sure everything was smooth. I ran my hand over the surfaces and sanded as needed.
2 ~ Clean.
You can use TSP, especially in a kitchen or any surfaces that are sticky/greasy. I just used a damp cloth and wiped them down well making sure to remove all the sanding dust.
3 ~ Remove doors and drawers.
The easiest part. And even better if you get your kiddos to help. Make sure you keep your screws in a baggie and number your doors so you place them back in the same spot. I just took a piece of painter’s tape and numbered them 1-4 and stuck them to the back of each cabinet door.
4 ~ Prime.
I used Zinsser’s Bulls Eye 1 2 3 Primer. I’ve used this primer on many pieces of furniture and I’ve been very please with the results. You can check out a storage auction dresser I used it on.
I started my favorite Purdy brush and worked on the cabinet fronts first. I cut in under the cabinets and along the wall side of the cabinet
Then I used a foam roller and rolled the remainder of the cabinet fronts.
Then I repeated the process on the doors and the drawers. I started with my brush getting the curves and edges and then went over the whole surface with the foam roller.
I only used 1 coat of primer. My cabinets were obviously white prior, so if you have a dark cabinet and you’re wanting to go lighter I’d suggest 2 coats of primer.
5 ~ Sand/Wipe
After letting your surfaces dry for a couple hours, use your fine sandpaper to remove any paint drips or rough surfaces. Once again, I use my hands to feel for them. Then wipe your surface down with a tact cloth or a damp, lint free cloth.
6 ~ Paint.
I used Glidden’s Pebble Gray. I love this gray. I used it on my Family Sign too. I added Floetrol to my paint. Floetrol is a paint additive which helps to eliminate brush marks and makes it go on smoother. It helps slow the dry time a bit too, which is good when you’re painting in the heat of summer!
I used the same method as with the primer. Just start with the brush and finished with the roller.
Then I let the paint dry overnight.
7 ~ One more Sand/Wipe
Repeat step #5
8 ~ One more Coat of Paint.
Repeat the paint process in step #6
I let everything dry a couple days before assembling and adding hardware.
Here’s some other updates this bathroom has had.