Painting bathroom cabinets with doors is easy and can brighten the look of the bathroom without a costly renovation. Take the time to prepare your cabinet well before you paint to ensure that your hard work will withstand the moisture and frequent usage you can expect in a typical bathroom. Choose colors that make the room feel light and bright or quirky and fun, depending on the look you want to create. This fast, easy job is appropriate for beginners.
First, remove the doors from their hinges. This will allow you to access both the entire door and the entire cabinet. Remove the hardware from the doors with a screwdriver, and clean the hardware if necessary. Use a lemon and salt to clean metal hardware naturally; use metal polish if desired.
Scrub both the cabinet and the doors thoroughly with soap and water. Use a stiff-bristled brush to remove tough stains and sticky spots. Ensure that your cabinets are completely clean before proceeding. Sand the cabinets with a medium grit sandpaper to provide the paint with a good surface to which it can adhere.
Paint the cabinets and the doors with a primer to lay a foundation for the color. You may want to lean the doors against a wall or elevate them on sawhorses to reach all of the surfaces and distribute the paint evenly. Allow the primed cabinet and doors to dry thoroughly before proceeding, usually at least 24 hours.
Paint the cabinet and doors in the colors you desire. Use a high gloss latex paint so that your cabinets resist damage from water. Use a faux finishing kit if you want to create a weathered or crackled effect. Allow the paint to dry completely, then add additional coats as necessary.
When the paint job is complete, re-hang the door. You may find that the old hardware stands out and looks unattractive against the new paint job. If this is the case, replace the old hardware with new. You'll love the way your bathroom looks with freshly painted cabinetry.