Painted Bathroom Cabinets

DIY Painted Bathroom Cabinets

We bought our house 3 years ago this month and looking back on the before pictures of this bathroom really shows how far we’ve come and how much my style has evolved! After I painted my kitchen cabinets white I knew I’d want to paint the bathroom cabinets one day and I’m so excited that 1 of 2 is now done! While I would love to replace the vanity entirely we just can’t afford that but I think the painted bathroom cabinets makes a huge difference! 

DIY Painted Bathroom Cabinets

So let’s take a look at the before, shall we? 

Painted Bathroom Cabinets Before

I had no idea what I was doing when it came to decorating or paint colors when we first moved in. I’m so tempted to want to wish mistakes weren’t made but if it hadn’t been for the mistakes I wouldn’t know what I do now! 

And now the after (by the way this was the world’s most difficult room to photograph)

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Painted Bathroom Cabinets Chalk PaintAhh so much better! I had a hard time deciding if I was going to paint the cabinets white or a darker color, but the counter top is an off white and ultimately I don’t feel like white would’ve been a good choice. Gray was out because the walls are gray, so a darker color it was! I ended up going with Black Satin from Behr. It turned out to be a perfect charcoal black that actually takes on a little bit of navy hue at times. You can see the navy a little bit in this photo:

How to Painted Bathroom CabinetsWe actually painted the walls and updated the decor back in July before Garrett deployed. While this is Cora Beth’s bathroom it’s also the guest bathroom therefore, I really didn’t want it to be baby themed (plus baby themed anything just really isn’t me).

DIY Painted Bathroom Cabinets

 Funny story though the weekend before I ended up being induced I almost started painting these cabinets but I’m so glad I didn’t! Can you imagine coming home with a newborn to a bathroom in disarray?

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If you’re wanting to paint some cabinets here’s the method I use, I pretty much use the same steps any time I paint something:

  1. Clean with a degreaser.
  2. Sand some, just to rough it up nothing major!
  3. Primer! This really helps to block out previous color and adhere well.
  4. Paint! I added 1 tablespoon of Plaster of Paris and 1/4 cup warm water to a cup of paint to make a chalk paint, it just sticks to the piece your painting better.
  5. Seal with Polycrylic. You want a high or semi gloss in this. The higher the sheen the easier to clean!

My preference is to always do at least 2 coats of paint, for this particular project I did 3. It’s a major pain but always remove your tape while your paint is wet and re-tape for each coat. I brush my paint on then go over it with a roller to smooth out any brush marks. It took me one sample size of paint from Home Depot to do the entire vanity!

It’s actually easier to paint cabinets than you might think! It just takes some time, and depending on how much your doing will depend on how long it will take you! These cabinets only took me 5 days (and that’s with a 4 month old) but my kitchen cabinets took me 2 and half weeks!

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Hall Bathroom

There’s still a few changes to be made to this bathroom. I want to frame the mirror which will hopefully happen this summer at the latest. We need a new light fixture (the current one was purposefully left out of photos) and I’d like to eventually tile the floors instead of having linoleum. We’ve come a long way though! Isn’t always fun to see how far you’ve come? Now I smile and do a happy dance when I pass this room! I can’t wait to update it even more!

Some sources:

Wall color: Urban Sunrise (valspar)

Cabinet color: Black Satin (behr)

Shower Curtain: Target

Window: local shop

Basket: Target (similar)

Wall frames: Michael’s

Herb botanical prints: free download from A Daily Something

Towel hooks: local shop

Soap dispenser: Target

Put on love print: free download from View Along the Way

Tabletop frame: Walmart

Plant: TJ Maxx

Ampersand: Michael’s

Hand towel: Target


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82 thoughts on “Painted Bathroom Cabinets”

  1. We’re going through the same thing right now except we have one of those old school laminate vanities, so painting it isn’t really an option. However, we’re having out new vanity delivered today so I’m really excited to get renovating!

    I LOVE the grey color you have on the walls, we’re thinking about going with something similar for our living room. It’s so calming and beautiful.

    I’m so impressed with how well the black paint looks on the cabinets, you did a great job!!

  2. I did this at my last home but I used a metallic paint it came out awesome and I did concrete over the sink it was so nice. We just went under contract for a new home and I am excited cause I am funny about my bathrooms and kitchen. We painted the last kitchen but we paid someone cause hubby said it was gonna be a lot of work and we had a young kid at the time. This next time I’m thinking I may diy it though.

    1. Definitely more work for the kitchen! I’ve been wanting to do the concrete counter tops but I’m not sure if I’m brave enough! Congratulations on your new home!

  3. Beautiful makeover! You inspired me to paint my cabinets. I love the way you decorated. Thank you for linking up to Talk of the Town. You are my pick for next weeks party!
    Julie @ Love My Simple Home

  4. OMG I had to tell you I saw this on Pinterest yesterday and was absolutely salivating! We are moving into our first home in June so I have been watching Fixer Upper and everything else HGTV and living on Pinterest for ideas! I love the cabinets and basically the whole look of your bathroom! Awesome job!

  5. Your powder room looks great. The charcoal paint really works in the space. I would like to try your technique of adding plaster of paris to the paint to make it chalky like milk paint. Thanks for the idea.

    1. It was a sample of Behr paint from Home Depot and I added a tablespoon of Plaster of Paris and about 1/4 cup warm water to it!

  6. Love it, looks amazing and want to do this. So for the small can of paint, how much water and chalk powder did you put in?

    1. It does not! I wipe it down with Clorox wipes when needed and it hasn’t chipped even with the vacuum cleaner bumping into it!

  7. The gray walls go perfect witht he black charcoal color! Can you tell me the name of the paint color you used on the walls? Thanks!

  8. Was your vanity solid wood? I think ours is some knd of laminate or pre-finished. I don’t know if painting it would work. Thanks.

    1. Hey Linda! My cabinets are not solid wood, I believe they’re some sort of laminate/pressed wood as well! And the paint job is holding up great! Primer is key to getting it to stick!

  9. Lovely work! Thank you for the tips! I never considered to add the plaster of Paris to the paint!

    Beautiful home. Best wishes to you and your budding family.

  10. Hi! I also painted my bathroom cabinet (and other furniture) with chalk paint and have liked the process! I’m psyching myself up to paint my kitchen cabinets but not sure I want to chalk paint a few coats (and still have to seal them) rather than straight up priming and painting them. I think chalking dries way faster but it’s not necessarily less work. So, I’m interested to know why you opted to chalk paint your kitchen cabinets? Help me decide! LOL

    1. Hey Ronda! I agree chalk paint is not necessarily less work but I tend to lean toward chalk paint for durability. I feel like it adheres better which gives me more piece of mind that’ll it last especially since my cabinets are not real wood! However, either should work just fine as long as you prime and seal! Good luck painting your kitchen cabinets!

  11. I have hickory cabinets in my guest bathroom..I really LOVE what you did!
    Do you think it would work the same on solid wood? Thank you

  12. Hello! My bathroom looks like yours in the before photo. I was wondering what sort of lighting did you switch to for the photographs, or just for regular living. I love the clean white look instead of that yellow florescent lighting.

    P.S. If you could reply to this one, that’d be great! I wasn’t able to turn on reply notifications for the other one!

    1. Hey Jaimie! I have the same light fixture in both, the difference is in fact how I took the photo. I made the room totally dark and used an external flash with a slow shutter speed to achieve a more natural looking light. If you’re wanting more bright and less yellow I’ve found the places in our home where we use LED bulbs tend to be brighter! We plan on switching out the light fixture at some point this year and I’ll more than likely use LEDs in the new one! If you try it let me know how it goes!

  13. Hi Laura Kate! What a great tutorial! As I went through the post and photographs I was struck by how similar our bathrooms were to start with. Nearly exactly the same layout, style, and fixtures. I decided if you could make your small bathroom looks so awesome I would do mine just the same. I bought the same colors, followed your instructions to the letter, etc. It turned out perfectly! This may be a weird thing to ask but did your bathroom have a four bulb Hollywood style light fixture above the mirror? Did you replace it and what with? I’m stumped. Thanks for your help!

    1. Yay I’m so glad to hear that! And Yes it does! My husband and I call it the contractor special, haha! It’s currently still here which is why it’s cut off in the picture! We plan on replacing the light fixture as well as frame out the mirror next month! I’ll keep you updated on what light fixture when end up going with!

  14. Hello laura.i have the same bathroom cabinet in fact it’s the exact same bathroom layout.thank you can’t wait to get started on mine.hope it turns out as good as yours.

  15. How do you plan on framing the mirror? I have one just like it and was wondering how it would be done since it goes all the way to the wall and sits on the back splash?

    1. We’ll build a frame with wood and then use liquid nails to adhere it to the mirror itself! There’s a lot of tutorials on Pinterest!

  16. Hi,
    Your cabinets look great! Why did you decide to make your own chalk paint vs buying ready made chalk paint? Was it because the color wasnt available in chalk paint? Just wanted to see your thoughts on this. Thanks!

    1. Hey Jennifer! Great question! So for one, costs! Making your own chalk paint is much cheaper than buying premade. And two, like you mentioned, color! I can make any color paint I like into chalk paint so I’m not limited!

  17. I love the matte look to this! When you added the plaster of paris and the 1/4 cup water was it to a gallon of paint? Thank you!

  18. I love how your bathroom update turned out! Your before picture looks almost exactly like my home’s downstairs bathroom – I had to take a second look! lol

  19. I used cabinet paint on
    My bathroom vanity,I love the color but the paint still feels sticky and peels off easily,any suggestions, I was afraid a sealer would make it worse.

  20. Love the look and I am trying to duplicate it.
    I am having a hard time finding the Black Satin by Behr you referenced. There are many black color names by Behr but no Black Satin by Behr. Is there another name for your color on the cabinets? Is Satin the finish?

    1. That’s strange. I just did a quick google search and it came up, have your home depot look for it on their computer and it should pop up for them!

  21. Hi there! Your bathroom looks amazing! We are getting ready to paint our vanity in our guestroom/girls bathroom. I was wondering what type of paint brush and roller you used? Thank you

    1. I use just whatever is cheapest to be honest! I do like the angled brushes best though, they help to get in corners better!

    1. Yeah I definitely do! Black is such a classic color I don’t think you can go wrong and the grey is on the warmer side but you may want to get a sample and see for sure if you like it first!

  22. It all looks amazing! Great job! What paint would you recommend for kitchen cabinets without sanding. Currently my cabinets are stained dark cherry! But I want a lighter color! What would you recommend doing? Also I have a table I want to redo with the surface dark and legs light what’s best to use for durability on a didning room table?
    Thanks so much in advance

    1. Hey Violetta! Any paint should be fine just make sure you do a coat (maybe even two) of primer to block the existing color of your cabinets! It’ll help the paint adhere better as well! As far as helping it be durable do a couple coats of polycryic after you’ve painted!

  23. I see in a Q&A before me that you removed your cabinet doors before painting. Did you paint just the front faces of drawers and doors? I am stuck on wheather I need to paint my entire drawer or just the face!

    1. Hey Caroline! I did the front and back of the faces for both the doors and drawers. But I didn’t paint the entire drawer. I hope that makes sense and is helpful!

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