Aug 23, 2013

Painted Bathroom Cabinets + Hardware

What's sadder than worn cabinets with no hardware?

The fact that it took us 4 years to change these babies!

But boy are we glad we finally did! And in this case, it was better late than never!

See the before and after for yourselves:

I decided to go with the classic white since our walls are a light blue and everything in the bathroom promotes a calm, airy and fresh effect.

It's also a small bathroom, so keeping things light makes it feel bigger (at least to me).

Here are some pictures of the progress. You can see from the last picture where the cabinets are all painted but are still sans hardware, what a huge difference adding hardware makes!

I officially LOVE hardware!

Here's a close up of the hardware I purchased from Home Depot at a very budget friendly price!

And heck, the cabinets are so gorgeous they're worth looking at again:

This is the second time I've painted cabinets but this time was much easier compared to when I did our kitchen since there were a lot less cabinets to paint.

And if you're wondering how I paint my cabinets, here is a list of my process:

1. Clean base and cabinets thoroughly with warm water and soap. Allow to dry completely.
2. Lightly sand base and cabinets. I used 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum all your dust particles and wipe off again.
3. This is where you would PRIME. But I always use Behr's Paint and Primer in one and skipped this step with no problems whatsoever, so long it's a porous surface (you can read about my almost painting catastrophe on a non porous surface here.)
4. Allow to dry between coats. I applied 3 coats and had great coverage.

For reference I used Behr's Ultra White in Satin (I'm just not a fan of semi-gloss or gloss). I used the same finish for my kitchen cabinets and have not had any problems wiping off any grime. And that's with a hubby who is a messy cook!

What is your favorite color for bathroom cabinets? Do you have any tips for getting the job done?

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Jenna LaFevor said...

Huge difference! They look great, Selene!

Vel Criste said...

Looks fantastic Selene!!!! I have a couple of oak cabinets that I need to paint too, have to keep this in mind. :-)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Jenna! Now if I could just muster the motivation to get the one's in our master bath done!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Vel! I'm so glad that project is over and done! Loving the results! I'll be on the lookout for when you paint yours!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Thanks for the instructions, I'm about to paint my vanities whenever I make up my mind on the color. Yours look very pretty!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

My pleasure, Sherry!!! How fun...picking out colors!! Can't wait to see yours!

Sharon ~ Life After Empty Nest said...

They look FANTASTIC! So much better and cleaner. Something about white....I love it!

Kayla Janachovsky said...

Amazing update! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIYers.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Sharon! White rocks!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks for the invite, Kayla!! I would love to link up!

Ila said...

Beautiful. We are in the process of painting our cabinets too!

Krista thehappyhousie said...

Looks fabulous Selene!! I love this transformation - it doesn't even look like the same room with the cabinets in white! I would be so thrilled if you have a chance to share this or any of your other awesome projects at our new mega-party Work it Wednesday if you haven't already. Each link will be shown on 4 blogs! Work it Wednesday

- Krista @ the happy housie

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Oh, how fun!! It's definitely a great inexpensive way to give the whole room a nice change!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Krista!! You're right, it looks like a different room!
Thanks for the invite too!

Alison Wood said...

Selene, this looks awesome! Looks up-to-date and fresh! I'm feeling inspiration too---except it's for a desk! Thanks for the ideas and encouragement! I have been considering a white paint for quite some time. You took my fears away!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Alison!
Let me know how your desk turns out!

ista.ista.ista said...

I've really been wanting to do this with my kitchen cabinets, but I'm not quite ready to invest my time and energy into it just yet. This make over looks great and it makes me even more excited to tackle this in my kitchen!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you! It definitely takes more time and energy for kitchen cabinets ( been there) but totally worth it!

Emma Zayas said...

How do you choose the color hardware for painted cabinets? I just painted my entire kitchen bright reflective white, took down all the uppers and plan on replacing them with floating shelves (white Ikea), and painted the lower cabinets coral (yes, that island orangey-pink!).
Since I'm trying to brighten up, would you suggest silver? White? The final touches are so important!

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