This post is our expert tips to teach you how to paint bathroom cabinets without sanding them.
I remember when we bought this house, after selling our condo in the city. I knew buying it would mean we’d have to do a few renovations ourselves.
But of course I assumed it would happen right away, instead we’re making slow progress over here.
Another reason I’m sharing our simple home updates, is to give hope for people like me who hate the way our house currently looks.
Our Unfinished Bathroom Vanity
You can read more about our mini bathroom renovation here, including why I choose the colour I did, and the European Farmhouse design.
I also want to note that everything is almost how it looked when we moved in. Except I did change out the previous light for this pretty gold one.
How to Paint Bathroom Cabinets without Sanding them
- Take a damp cloth and wipe everything down. Make sure there is no dust or dirt on anything you plan on painting.
- Take off the door handles or pulls by unscrewing them. You might want to save these to use again or if you’re on a really tight budget try spray painting them!
- Take off the cabinet doors by gently unscrewing them.
- Tape around the floors and walls.
- I also taped on the inside of the cabinets since I was leaving the inside white.
- Start priming!
- After you finish with a coat of primer, you can start painting on the topcoat.
- I originally used about 2 coats. But I noticed a few spots I need to fix and I will most likely do one more coat.
- That’s it! Wait for it to dry before you put everything back in place.
Why is Primer is Most Important Part of Painting Honey Oak Cabinets
Like I said, to avoid sanding the glossy honey-toned vanity you need to get a good primer. After asking a few other home blogging friends, I found that the best primer was actually Behr’s Kitchen, Bath, and Trim stain-blocking primer and sealer. Not only does it stick to the gloss but it’s covers the oak colour in just one coat. Plus it’s quick drying time is perfect for painting the vanity in just one day.
When I shared a bit of this process on Instagram stories, I got a ton of questions asking about the paint colour I used. It’s actually a paint I had already that I planned on using to paint our front door with (but decided it wasn’t the right colour for that project).
It’s called Night Flight by Premier Paint.
However I would suggest sticking with a Behr Paint like this one specifically for painting cabinets.
Below is the exact colour I used if you want to get it matched.
I was also asked is the topcoat is just regular paint, and thankfully I didn’t need special paint for the bathroom cabinets. The primer does an amazing job at making the paint stick to the wood, even without sanding it.
If you have the option I would use this paint instead.
Things you’ll need for this DIY
In order to paint a cabinet without sanding, you’ll need to get a few things first:
- Painters Tape
- A couple of quality paintbrushes,
- Paint tray or what I used was a paint cup
- A gallon of Behr Kitchen, Bath & Trim Primer & Sealer
- Cleaning rags
- I only used 426ml of paint for the bathroom cabinets however I would suggest getting this paint from Behr instead.
Finally, once you’re all done you can check out the 11 ways to update a bathroom from Amazon next. It’s where I’ve shared the finishing touches that I ordered for our bathroom. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for our next blog post where I add wallpaper to a bathroom.