How to Paint a Cabinet With a Beach Look


A bleached, weathered appearance will give any cabinet a beach look. Use a powder-blue base coat to echo beach glass. Distressed edges give the appearance of age or exposure to the elements. A final coat of white stain bleaches the piece to resemble driftwood. The hardware you use will add the finishing touch. As with any painting project, proper surface preparation is key to success. Remove any surface grease or grime from the cabinet before sanding and painting.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Electric drill
  • Tack cloth
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Cheesecloth
  • White stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Beach-themed cabinet pulls
  • Remove doors, hardware and pulls from the cabinet, using an electric drill and drill bit.

  • Sand the piece to add a rough surface and help the paint adhere.

  • Remove grit and dust left behind after sanding, using a tack cloth. Make sure all particles are removed before proceeding to ensure the paint goes on smoothly.

  • Apply the powder-blue paint to the body and doors of the cabinet. If the cabinet was a dark color, a second coat of paint may be needed. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly for at least 24 hours.

  • Lightly sand the edges of the cabinet and any raised surfaces to remove some of the blue paint. Wipe the surfaces with a tack cloth to completely remove grit and paint residue.

  • Apply white stain to the entire cabinet with cheesecloth to give a sun-bleached appearance. Apply a second coat of stain for a lighter look. Use a clean paintbrush to apply a coat of polyurethane over the piece to protect and retain the finish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use beach-themed cabinet pulls to complete the look. Starfish, seashells or coral pulls are available at home improvement stores or online.

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