How to Reface a Bathroom Vanity


If your bathroom is old and outdated, try giving the cabinets a new look. If replacing the cabinets is not an option due to budget, then reface them with a new coat of paint. There will be some preparation of the cabinets before you paint them, but this will give them a whole know look. This project is possible with a few basic tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Drop cloth or plastic tarp
  • Putty knife
  • Trisodium phosphate
  • 150 grit sandpaper
  • Hand sander
  • Vacuum hose
  • Rags
  • Warm water
  • 4-inch or 6-inch foam paint rollers
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic water-based primer
  • 220 wet-dry sandpaper
  • Satin enamel paint
  • Hand drill
  • Remove the cabinet doors and drawers. Loosen the screws on the hardware with either a flat-head or Phillips screwdriver, depending on which type of screws were used. Place the hardware in a safe location for later use.

  • Place a plastic tarp or drop cloth on a flat surface. Lay the cabinet doors on the work area. Pry off any loose paint with a putty knife. Clean the entire cabinet with trisodium phosphate and a damp cloth. Thoroughly rinse with warm water and dry with a cloth.

  • Sand all the surfaces of the cabinetry with 150-grit sandpaper and clamp it to a hand sander to make the process easier. Remove any dust with a vacuum hose.

  • Paint the insides of the doors with a roller, using an acrylic water-based primer. Roll paint on the drawer fronts and paint the fronts of the doors once the insides are dry, which should take about 2 hours. Once the paint is dry, sand all surfaces with a 220-wet-dry sandpaper and vacuum up any dust.

  • Roll on the satin enamel paint on top of the primer. Wait for it to dry and apply a second coat. If you are satisfied with the coverage after it dries, then you do not need to apply a third coat.

  • Reinstall the hardware with a hand drill and hang the cabinet drawers.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try using a sanding sponge on the cabinet doors if it is difficult to get into the crevasses of the face frames.
  • Use a brush to paint the inside of the cabinet if you desire.

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