Just over a year ago, my husband and I purchased our first home. We’ve been married 9 years and lived in small apartments for most of that time, so needless to say we are thrilled to have more space and a place that’s really our own. We have been slowly chipping away at getting things done around here and our little guest bathroom was high on my list! Since I couldn’t afford a brand new vanity, I decided to paint the existing cabinets for a more updated and clean look. Now it’s one of my favorite DIY projects! Here are 5 tips for painting your own cabinets.
- PREPARATION IS KEY
This is such an important step to take before you do any painting. (*Affiliate links included below for supplies listed.)
Always start with wiping down the cabinets (or even using a degreaser – here’s our favorite – on tough spots in the kitchen) to remove any dust and gunk. I missed a huge spot and found out the hard way when the paint peeled right off that greasy spot when it was dry! Depending on the type of wood and paint you are dealing with, you may need a light sanding also. With the paint I used (that I can’t wait to show you!) I didn’t actually sand at all, but a light sanding is optional.
Remove the hardware and cabinet doors. I left everything inside the cabinets and just covered it with plastic.
2. USE THE RIGHT PAINT
The type of paint you use on your cabinets is so important! We have loved using chalk paint in the past, but when we heard about this new Satin Enamel line from DecoArt, we couldn’t wait to try it!
The Satin Enamels paint I used for the vanity cabinets is specifically made for furniture, bathrooms and kitchens because it cures to a hard, durable finish. I love the coverage of the paint – it goes on smooth and dries quickly. I would say most cabinets would need two coats of paint, but I did add a 3rd coat on the doors to minimize the wood grain texture.
3. BRUSHES AND ROLLERS
The great thing about this specific line of paint is that it works with a brush or roller. I used a brush to get in the details of the cabinet frame, and a smooth foam mini roller for the faces of the cabinets. After each coat dries, you can sand any paint drips or mistakes and lightly sand the entire surface before the next coat. (Always read the paint instructions/recommendations!) Here is our favorite foam roller:
4. PICK A COLOR,
Be sure to test your cabinet color with the other room colors before you paint them all! Our bathroom before was so yellow and blah and uninviting. We freshened up the walls with white paint in a warmer tone to lessen the yellow tone in the countertops, since those couldn’t be changed. Our first cabinet color choice (a darker navy blue) just didn’t look right when we painted a test spot on the cabinets, so we went for something brighter. Adding a few blue accessories really helped pull in the final cabinet color (Seaside Blue Satin Enamel paint.) We also replaced the hideous yellow linoleum flooring and love the new look! Stay tuned for the full bathroom makeover reveal in the next few weeks!
5. DON’T FORGET HARDWARE
This style of cabinet door was tricky when it came time to choose hardware, but I’m so glad we went with our gut and added these handles. (Find similar ones here.) They add so much to the whole look and make the doors much more functional too!
Here is one more look at the before and after:
Okay, are you ready to try painting YOUR cabinets? I can honestly say I’m not a painter and this paint made it SO easy. Start small with a bathroom if you’re intimidated. You can do it! I’m definitely using Satin Enamels to redo our kitchen this summer!
Americana Decor Satin Enamels paint is currently available in ALL Hobby Lobby stores, Michaels and select JoAnn Fabric stores.
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