Builder Boring to Gorgeous Gray Cabinets
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.
Check out some tips and tricks on adding hardware and share where I found the gorgeous ones I used.
Here’s some other updates this bathroom has had.
Rustic Industrial Master Bathroom Update
Beautiful color. You did a fantastic job
Enjoy the rest of your day
Great DIY project! I dispose my kitchen cabinets but I stink at furniture painting so I love with them. I’m going to get that additive and pick up a foam roller and practice so maybe I can do my kitchen this summer. And grey would be my choice too!
Beautiful! I love the gray and the contrast with the hardware – so clean looking!
Love the gray – beautiful!
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What a great transformation! It’s amazing what added hardware and a little paint can do for cabinets. Nice work!
Beautiful transformation Maryann – I love all things grey right now, this color is so gorgeous! Love Zinsser primer and purdy brushes too! I’ve never tried floetrol but will look for it the next time I have a furniture painting project! Pinned!
They look gorgeous!! I LOVE the gray! 🙂 good job!
So pretty! They look absolutely fabulous and that pale gray is perfect!! Going to check it out over at Glidden right now!
Lovely transformation! I just finished painting my bathroom cabinets over the weekend too!
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Awesome Selene ~ Make sure you link them up to my Power of Paint Party that starts at 7pm on Tues.
Very nice Maryann! You made a seemly complicated job look easy! I might want to try changing the color one day too!
It really is pretty easy Julie… I think it’s getting over the worry that’s the hardest part 🙂
Love these. What sheen of paint did you use? I so want to paint my kitchen cabinets but they keep getting pushed to the back burner…
It’s an eggshell finish Anne. I already had the paint on hand and since it’s in the master bath I think it will survive. I wouldn’t use it for the kitchen or kiddos’ bath though.
Just gorgeous! I’ve been thinking about my boring cabinet for a while, and painting it seems like the perfect solution. Just need to decide on a colour! Thanks for sharing
Go for it Catherine!
Love the gray! So much prettier!
These look LOVELY!!! The hardware really makes everything POP!!! Fantastic job!
they turned out beautiful!!!!
The cabinets look gorgeous, pretty color too. Hugs, Marty
Thanks Marty – Love the color 🙂
gorgeous color! they look great!