Painting Bathroom Vanities and Cabinets: 4 Tips Painting Bathroom Vanities and Cabinets: 4 Tips

Bathroom vanities and cabinets receive more use and abuse than almost any other home cabinet. The continually varying humidity levels in the bathroom cause the wood to swell and retract, contributing to the cabinets’ wear and tear. However, there is no need to install an all new cabinet if you are willing to put in the time and work to repaint the cabinet.

1. Time

This is not a job that can be rushed. Taking your time to prepare and paint the surfaces will result in a professional-looking job that will last for many years.

2. Preparing the Surfaces

Before starting your paint job, you need to scrape off any loose or flaky old paint adhering to the bathroom vanities cabinets. Use sandpaper to get a smooth finish for the new paint. Since this will likely generate lots of dust, you may want to wear a dust mask and/or goggles while doing this. Also, before painting, use a damp cloth to remove all dust clinging to the bathroom vanities cabinets and allow the cabinets to dry completely.

3. Primer

Bathroom vanities cabinets usually benefit from a separate primer before the paint application, as opposed to a paint that already has primer in it. A fast-drying acrylic water-based primer will dry quickly, allowing you to finish two or more coats in one day.

4. Rollers or Pads

A small roller or painting pad is useful for avoiding visible brush strokes. A six inch roller or pad is a useful size for painting a vanity.

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