How to Refinish Bathroom Vanity Cabinets

a vanity dresser with double sink and mirror
  • 2-5 hours
  • Beginner
  • 30-150
What You'll Need
Refinishing material
Paint brush
Paint roller
Blue painter tape
New hardware

If you are looking for an affordable way to refresh your bathroom, consider refinishing your bathroom vanity cabinets. Refinishing cabinets can be a weekend project, as simple as applying a crackle finish to your cabinets or as complicated as taking them apart and repainting them completely.

Finishing Styles

Crackle Finish: Crackle finishes are applied in a thin layer to the surface of cabinets. This can be accomplished by removing the doors from cabinets and applying the finish to the doors and to the remaining exposed cabinet surfaces. As the finish dries, a light crackle appears on the surface.

Glazes: Glazes are a light, sheer layer of color applied over wood stain or added to a crackle finish. Glazes can also be used to highlight details of cabinets and create an entirely unique and different look for your bathroom vanity cabinets.

Distressing: Distressing is a technique that requires either rough sanding or scarring an existing finish or applying an antiquing compound to the surface of the cabinet.

Restaining: By applying a second, thin layer of gel stain over existing cabinet stain, you can create an entirely new finish for your existing cabinets.

Painting: Painting your bathroom vanity cabinets is one of the simplest finishing styles.

The Process

Remove Doors, Drawers, and Hardware

Remove the doors from your bathroom vanity cabinets, as well as all of the hardware from the doors, drawers, and hardware.


Tape off any areas you do not want to paint or have resurfaced.

Apply Finish

Using a paint brush or roller, apply the finish material. Rollers do not leave brush marks. If you are using paint, apply primer first and let dry for 24 hours before continuing. Apply 2 layers of paint, waiting a few hours between coats.

Reattach Hardware

Wait 24 hours and reattach the hardware. Make sure the finish is completely dry before reattaching hardware.

Add New Hardware

Complete the new look by installing new hardware such as drawer pulls and handles.

Refinishing your bathroom vanity cabinets is a weekend project that will refresh your bathroom's decor without killing your budget.