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UPDATE: Bathroom Cabinet! THIS is how to refinish yours for professional results

Well, if you have never seen it before, you are seeing it now. A DIY blogger who is telling you NOT to do your project the way I originally did it!! So many times we look for projects to do, totally trusting that the info we find through a blogger or Pinterest is THE way to do it. I’m here today to tell you, that is not always the case!

Here is a photo of my bathroom before I updated it. Brace yourself.–>

I refinished my bathroom cabinet about a year ago now. You may have seen the stenciled floors, the countertop and the framed mirror…etc. I refinished/updated all of the items myself. It was the first time attempting many of these specific projects. (all other parts of the room are holding up wonderfully, and I recommend them all) When I decided to refinish the cabinet, I used a spray paint to do it. Don’t get me wrong, most of the cabinet held up great. The issue was the doors; the spray paint wasn’t holding up well in the center area of the doors. I assume that is a spot that gets the most abuse from knees, babies, and other things bumping into it.

Better Homes and Gardens was scheduled to come to our home to take pictures of the bathroom and kitchen. I just kept looking at the door on the cabinet, thinking I wasn’t happy and wanted to touch it up before they arrived to photograph the space. So, I tried. Guess what people? YOU CAN’T TOUCH UP A SPRAY PAINTED SURFACE. I am telling you, I tried multiple times to touch up the door, and it just wasn’t happening. Spray paint, unlike regular paint, will not look the same when trying to touch up an area at a later time. It dries differently and the color match is not guaranteed once the paint has been sitting on a furniture piece for a while. Look at the blotchy-ness that was going on by trying to touch it up! (also I had sanded it lightly)–>

YIKES!!!!! Well, needless to say, I was pretty terrified that I was going to have to call Better Homes and Gardens and tell them our photo shoot was a no-go. After much thought and time spent trying to match what was never going to match again- I realized something. WHY am I driving myself crazy trying to fix this? If this is so complicated for me, won’t my readers want to know that? I don’t want to put them through this! It was so obvious what needed to be done. I refinished the entire double vanity. Using the paint that I used on our kitchen cabinets.

THIS is the way to refinish a cabinet. My kitchen looks amazing and now my bathroom cabinet looks even better than before. If you want professional results, you can trust this tutorial. (affiliate links are included)

Spray paint. I loathe thee.

 

Here are the items you will need for your bathroom cabinet:

 

Liquid Sander Deglosser or handheld electric sander

Rust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer

Benjamin Moore Advance Line Paint (in color of choice)- Don’t buy cheap paint!

1/4 inch Nap Roller (NOT a foam roller)

Angeled Trim Paint Brush, 1 or 1-1/2 inch

Once you have your items, this is not a complicated project. Just takes a little time. Totally worth it!

 

Begin by removing all doors and drawers from the cabinet. Remove all hardware and hinges as well. Bring them outside or into the garage and either use the deglosser or your handheld sander to remove glossy topcoat. Do this on cabinet as well. (You do not have to sand all the paint off, only sand until shine is dulled).

The deglosser should work just fine for you, I used this on my kitchen cabinets instead of sanding and it was ah-maz-ing. The only reason I chose to sand this cabinet, is because I wasn’t sure if the deglosser would work the same way on a spray painted surface. I just wanted to be safe in this case. But, I highly recommend the deglosser for all other surfaces!

Wipe down to remove dust if you had sanded, or allow deglosser to dry. Apply one coat of your primer to all doors, you may need another coat just depending on the previous color of the cabinet. Take your time and apply this nice and even, using the angle brush first and then your nap roller.

 

Once the primer has fully dried (at least 4 hours) Apply your Benjamin Moore Advance Line paint. Again, using your angled brush to first paint in any detailed trims or hard to paint areas. Then go over everything with your ¼” nap roller. This paint is soooo good. It’s self-leveling so even if you don’t catch a little mess-up, the paint smooths itself out so nicely. It’s also very thick paint, you may only need one coat and a little touching up. It will dry rock hard within a couple weeks, and will last for many, many years to come! Feel free to put the doors and drawers back in after a couple days, just be very gentle with that area while it fully hardens.

 

Find the bathtub faucet HERE

Find this gorgeous (and affordable) light HERE

Find the Sink Faucets HERE

Find the floor stencil HERE 

For those of you who previously completed my spray painted cabinet, I hope you love it! I am not saying that spray paint cannot be used, but as far as touching up any future mishaps, it is very difficult. I will always be very honest with my readers, sharing my experiences and giving the best advice I can give.

Love you all.

XOXO,

 

  Kelly

 

 

 

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38 Comments

  • Reply Joleen

    Thanks for the tips. The bathroom looks great and I LOVE the stenciled floor.

    August 23, 2017 at 10:38 am
    • Reply Kelly

      Thank you so much, you’re so sweet!

      August 24, 2017 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Virjinia Harp

    Loved the finish product! I work in the paint industry and touching up spray paint is piratically impossible. There’s way to do it on metal structures but you have to be a professional and have plenty of practice!

    August 23, 2017 at 10:45 am
    • Reply Kelly

      Where were you when I originally did this product??? 😉 Thank you for your input! Spray paint is so tough to work with, mostly for a high traffic piece of furniture

      August 24, 2017 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Alex German

    Looks great! What color did you use this time on the cabinets?

    August 23, 2017 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Unfortunately, I can’t say what color the cabinet is now! I had it color matched to look the same as the spray paint. So it doesn’t have a name. Bummer, I know!

      August 23, 2017 at 3:02 pm
  • Reply Tabitha Blue

    It looks SO great!!! So much better for sure!

    August 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Thank you, Tabitha ❤️

      August 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Fawn

    Wow! These cabinets look amazing. I absolutely love the gray color that you chose so clean and modern.

    August 24, 2017 at 8:32 am
    • Reply Kelly

      Thank you so much!

      August 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Kimberly

    Ahh! I want to do this to our bathroom but I’m nervous I will ruin it! Haha! I will have to come back to this post. Amazing job!

    August 24, 2017 at 9:23 am
    • Reply Kelly

      You can do it! I promise it will be so great ❤️

      August 24, 2017 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply val

    Your bathroom looks amazing! I wouldn’t want to cancel on BHG either 😉

    August 24, 2017 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Exactly! Not a good idea! 😉

      August 24, 2017 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Michal

    That’s a really beautiful cabinet! And the glimpses of your bathroom look gorgeous too. I have read tons about spray paint so I would have believed it’s really easy but clearly there are issues. This is so good to know. I love your honesty about the process. Definitely will be coming back to you with any other DIY queries.

    August 26, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Hi Michal,

      The initial project with spray paint was simple! The trouble came when I attempted to touch it up. You really can’t touch up spray painted furniture. So that was a bummer!

      August 29, 2017 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Shelby @Fitasamamabear

    Umm can you come do mine? They looks awesome!

    August 26, 2017 at 5:44 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Sure! Sounds fun. Lol.
      Thank you 🙂

      August 29, 2017 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Erica

    Your bathroom looks amazing. Thanks for admitting there were bumps in the road. Sometimes hearing someone else’s story of perfection can set the bar at impossible. It’s good to hear that others do face struggles, but they find ways around them.

    August 26, 2017 at 5:59 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Thank you, Erica! I appreciate that. I always like to know the follow-up on other people’s projects. We can’t just assume they always worked out! 🙂

      August 29, 2017 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Leigh-Ann

    Absolutely beautiful transformation! Weldone!

    August 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Thank you so much!

      August 29, 2017 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Danielle Leigh Elen

    These look amazing! Thank you for the ideas, I’ve been wanting to re-do my cabinets for a long time now.

    August 28, 2017 at 3:31 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      You should! It really is an amazing transformation to see. And totally doable on your own.

      August 29, 2017 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Ah! You did an amazing job! They look so modern and new.

    August 28, 2017 at 7:09 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Thank you, Hannah!

      August 29, 2017 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Tonja Lee

    This is GORGEOUS! Totally saving this for future reference! 😍

    August 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Thank you, you should go for it!

      August 29, 2017 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Jamie L.

    It looks great! I love the floors

    August 28, 2017 at 8:10 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Thank you! I have a tutorial on the floors as well

      August 29, 2017 at 9:27 am
  • Reply alia

    I am in love with this remodel! That paint makes all the difference!

    August 29, 2017 at 1:07 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Thank you so much! It’s true, paint can change everything ❤️❤️

      August 29, 2017 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Susan

    Where did you get the handles? Love those

    September 8, 2017 at 10:58 am
    • Reply Kelly

      Thank you! They are from Hobby Lobby!

      September 8, 2017 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Katie

    Hi Kelly!

    Your countertops looks so much brighter than the originals – did you have those replaced or is there some other magic you did? Thanks!

    September 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Kelly T

    The bathroom looks gorgeous! The painted floor is what brought me here as I’m thinking about doing this, too. I’m so impressed that you were able to get right up to the edges – that’s what I’m most nervous about. Well, that and going around the toilet. Did you stencil around the toilet and how much fun was that?

    October 3, 2017 at 9:00 am
    • Reply Kelly

      Thank you! Going around the toilet isn’t something I would call ‘fun’. Lol. But, the stencil material makes it fairly easy to bend around areas like that. You can do the same with the edges around the wall. If you look at my bathroom floor tutorial, you’ll see a photo that shows how it bends at the edges. Good luck!!

      October 3, 2017 at 11:10 am

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