Painted Bathroom Cabinet DIY Makeover Tutorial

May 4, 2017
I’ve been busy updating my hall bathroom.  I’ve already picked out my paint to cover up my outdated faux finished paint, and now I’m moving on to the messy fun stuff.  This weekend I tackled my bathroom cabinet.   Here’s a peek at the finished product:

Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial
Here’s what I started with:

 Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial  
It looks pretty good in the photo.  But it really hasn’t stood up to the abuse my two kids dish out every day.  Up close the finish looked like this:


Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial 
Meet my Minwax friends:  MinWax PolyShades, and Wipe-on Polyurethane.  I have used Wipe-on Poly before and I just love it.  It is so easy to apply and the results are fantastic.   So much easier than the brush on products.

Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial
I took the door, the drawers and the top dummy panel off and gave all parts including the base a good sanding.  Then I brushed on a thin coat of Minwax PolyShades in Classic Black Satin. 

Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial  
I allowed it to dry overnight, then I took some fine steel wool and distressed the edges.  I followed up with a coat of wipe on polyurethane.  I  replaced the brushed nickel knobs with some simple black ones and I was done.  
 

Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial

I’m very happy with the finish.  It definitely has a high-end cabinet look, not just a home-depot stock cabinet redo look!


Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial

Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial 
Sorry for this rotten photo.  The bathroom is pretty narrow, so it was really hard for me to get a good photo of the whole thing.

Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial

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38 comments:

  1. It looks fantastic. I love it! You also make it sound so easy. I know how much work goes into cabinet redos so well done girlfriend!

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  2. The color is so smooth, I love it. Great Job!

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  3. This looks amazing. I wish I could invite you over to give me tips. I guess this blog is the next best thing...

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  4. It looks great! Your vanity top is beautiful too.

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  5. Oooh, Carolyn, this looks fantastic! It goes so well with the countertop, too! I never would have thought to use stain and this might be a good option for me {rather than paint} for a pine piece I have that I wanted to do in black. Love the distressing ~ just the right amount.

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  6. It looks great. What a wonderful job,

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  7. What an AWESOME job you did on those cabinets...looking good!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  8. Love the finish and it will wear well with kids. Need to change my two oak vanities out too. Thanks for the idea!

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  9. Find a large selection of Bathroom Cabinetsfor all styles of bathroom with an outstanding design!!

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  10. It looks fabulous. Just stunning.

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  11. Your cabinets look fabulous. You did a great job. I have a job to tackle in the near future so I appreciate the tips.
    Jane

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  12. i love it! your projects are always so beautiful!
    have a very sweet day,
    justyna

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  13. That looks great! LOVE your distressing - it looks much more expensive and oh so worth it!

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  14. That looks sooooo amazing! Great job!

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  15. Fabulous!!! I so want to do this to my bathroom cabinet now. I love the black and the distressing.

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  16. The cabinet looks very well done. I had a question...when you say you gave everything a good sanding how much sanding did you actually do? Did you completely sand down everything or just rough up the surface a good amount? my email is les_baird@hotmail.com and my name is Leslie

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  17. It looks great and I bet it looks even better in person.

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  18. Hi Leslie,
    I just sanded it by hand using a sponge type sanding block. I did go over it pretty well, but definitely didn't sand enough to take off the entire finish.

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  19. Hi Leslie, wow(!), your cabinets look gorgeous !! What a beautiful transformation ... well done !! I'm getting ready to attack our master bath with new paint and am considering painting our maple cabs, too. Thanks for the inspiration. Stop by sometime, Becca (Adventures in Decorating)

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  20. It looks so great! I cannot wait to paint my bathroom vanity and I am also a huge fan of wipe-on poly. Great product! Thanks so much for linking up to FFF.

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  21. I had no idea stain even CAME in black! I will have to do that to my own cabinets ... thanks for the inspiration! Your redo looks fantastic.

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  22. I'd have to say that the wipe on is amazing.. So, go get crazy and wipe the whole house :)

    tammy

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  23. what an improvement! they look high end. thanks for the intro to the poly-stain stuff. never used it but i will be on the hunt for a project now!

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  24. Wow, what a change! I love the distressing and the color!

    Kat :)

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  25. What a great paint job! We do black distressed cabinets pretty regularly for work... but I have never used that product. I'll have to check it out! Blessings!

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  26. Beautiful job. I am so into black right now.. I'm doing everything black! It just turns out so gorgeous. Great job. Love the distressing.

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  27. Turned out fantastic!... Dee Dee

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  28. that's gorgeous! great job. I love the color!
    gail

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  29. thanks so much ... believe it or not we bought a home a year ago with the same cabinets and counter tops... in the kitchen and baths... we painted the kitchen before moving in.. IT was a long progress.. painted using oil base paint took way to long .. needless to say we did not what to do baths..but now that you have shown a easier way ... they will be done shortly... thanks again

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  30. Okay, that is AWESOME!! I have been wanting to paint my bathroom cabinets but now I am determined too. GREAT tutorial. Bookmarking this page for future reference. Thank you!!

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  31. Looks fantastic. Question: After you brushed on the stain, did you wipe it off or leave it on full strength until the next day? My cabinets are just like these. I will have to give this a try.

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  33. What if my cabinets are white?

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  34. WOW!This looks fantastic. How well did the wipe on poly last? I have used some of the wipe on stuff in the past and the finish didn't last. Don't know if it was just my brand or if I did something wrong. I would love to do this in my bathroom. Thanks.

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  35. Also wondering how long this lasted through wear and tear??? Maybe post a current picture. What did you use to apply the stain?? Old Sock perhaps??

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  37. This looks so easy...can't wait to try it! My cabinet looks just like your before picture. My only concern is if the stain will hold on the sides and front of the cabinet. My door and drawers are wood, but the rest isn't. Even with sanding, I don't know if stain would hold to laminate of fake wood. How did it work on yours?

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