Chalk Paint Bathroom Cabinets

Chalk Paint Bathroom Cabinets

Are you looking at your bathroom vanity thinking it has only one place to go — the trash? Well, think again. Learn how to save that dated vanity and make it look like new without spending much money. Related Article How to Make a DIY Bathroom Mirror FrameDoes your bathroom need a life buoy to save it from a bygone era? Prep your bathroom cabinet for paintTo get a flawless finish on your paint job, spend some time prepping the cabinet for paint. Begin by cleaning the surface with a mild cleanser to remove any toothpaste splatters and greasy fingerprints. Here's the vanity before I started updating it. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl) Remove the doors from the vanity to give you easier access for painting. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Remove hinges and knobs. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Store hardware in a zip-close bag to prevent tiny screws and parts from being lost. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Look over the vanity for scratches, gouges and holes. Fill them with wood putty and allow it to harden. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Sand the repaired areas smooth. Lightly sand the rest of the vanity to give it some “tooth” for the paint to stick to. There’s no need to completely sand the existing finish off. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Wipe off any sanding dust with a damp rag. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Paint your bathroom cabinetYou can use one of three types of paint on your vanity: oil-based, latex or chalk-finish paint.  If you use an oil-based or latex paint, you'll need to use a primer first. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl) In the past, an oil-based paint was usually preferred for cabinets in the bathroom or kitchen because of excellent leveling properties and a hard finish that was resistant to chipping. Unfortunately, oil paint has a strong odor and is harder to clean up. Luckily, improvements to latex paints have made them almost as durable as oil paint. Latex (water-based) paints made for doors, windows and trim are a good choice for cabinets. This type of paint has an added hardener and excellent leveling properties. Both latex and oil paint require a coat of primer on your vanity before painting. A third option is to use chalk-finish paint. Many furniture painters like the ease of painting with chalk-finish paint because it doesn’t require a primer coat first. There are many chalk-finish paint brands available on the market today.  Related Article Painting Furniture with Chalk PaintTake do-it-yourself furniture painting to a new level with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. If using latex or oil paint, prime your vanity. If you are using a chalk paint, go straight to painting. Follow the wood grain of the cabinet when applying paint. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Allow to dry, and then add a second coat of paint. Chalk paint enthusiasts like the matte, buttery finish of a furniture wax applied over the paint. Use a wax brush to apply furniture wax in circular motions onto the vanity. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Wait a minute and buff off any excess wax with a clean, dry rag. Apply a second coat of wax if the finish feels dry and chalky. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl You may choose to apply a polycrylic coat for a more maintenance-free finish. That’s up to you and the users of the bathroom. (Have small kids that are rough on your home? Opt for the polycrylic.) Replace dated knobs and hinges if desired. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Now, about that countertop and faucet. Do you need to trash those? If so, I give you permission. You can purchase new ones at your local home improvement store. Here's my finished project! (Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl) Enjoy your newly saved vanity! Aren’t you glad you didn’t throw it away? Ready to update your bathroom vanity? Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section below.   Are you a DIY expert? Do you have your own blog or website to prove it? Contact us to learn more about blogging opportunities with Angie’s List.
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Chalk Paint Bathroom Cabinets

Well, think again. Learn how to save that dated vanity and make it look like new without spending much money. Related Article How to Make a DIY Bathroom Mirror FrameDoes your bathroom need a life buoy to save it from a bygone era? Prep your bathroom cabinet for paintTo get a flawless finish on your paint job, spend some time prepping the cabinet for paint. Begin by cleaning the surface with a mild cleanser to remove any toothpaste splatters and greasy fingerprints. Here's the vanity before I started updating it. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl) Remove the doors from the vanity to give you easier access for painting. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Remove hinges and knobs. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Store hardware in a zip-close bag to prevent tiny screws and parts from being lost. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Look over the vanity for scratches, gouges and holes. Fill them with wood putty and allow it to harden. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Sand the repaired areas smooth. Lightly sand the rest of the vanity to give it some “tooth” for the paint to stick to. There’s no need to completely sand the existing finish off. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Wipe off any sanding dust with a damp rag. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Paint your bathroom cabinetYou can use one of three types of paint on your vanity: oil-based, latex or chalk-finish paint.  If you use an oil-based or latex paint, you'll need to use a primer first. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl) In the past, an oil-based paint was usually preferred for cabinets in the bathroom or kitchen because of excellent leveling properties and a hard finish that was resistant to chipping. Unfortunately, oil paint has a strong odor and is harder to clean up. Luckily, improvements to latex paints have made them almost as durable as oil paint. Latex (water-based) paints made for doors, windows and trim are a good choice for cabinets. This type of paint has an added hardener and excellent leveling properties. Both latex and oil paint require a coat of primer on your vanity before painting. A third option is to use chalk-finish paint. Many furniture painters like the ease of painting with chalk-finish paint because it doesn’t require a primer coat first. There are many chalk-finish paint brands available on the market today.  Related Article Painting Furniture with Chalk PaintTake do-it-yourself furniture painting to a new level with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. If using latex or oil paint, prime your vanity. If you are using a chalk paint, go straight to painting. Follow the wood grain of the cabinet when applying paint. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Allow to dry, and then add a second coat of paint. Chalk paint enthusiasts like the matte, buttery finish of a furniture wax applied over the paint. Use a wax brush to apply furniture wax in circular motions onto the vanity. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Wait a minute and buff off any excess wax with a clean, dry rag. Apply a second coat of wax if the finish feels dry and chalky. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl You may choose to apply a polycrylic coat for a more maintenance-free finish. That’s up to you and the users of the bathroom. (Have small kids that are rough on your home? Opt for the polycrylic.) Replace dated knobs and hinges if desired. Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl Now, about that countertop and faucet. Do you need to trash those? If so, I give you permission. You can purchase new ones at your local home improvement store. Here's my finished project! (Photo courtesy of Brittany Bailey/Pretty Handy Girl) Enjoy your newly saved vanity! Aren’t you glad you didn’t throw it away? Ready to update your bathroom vanity? Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section below.   Are you a DIY expert? Do you have your own blog or website to prove it? Contact us to learn more about blogging opportunities with Angie’s List.
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Chalk Paint Bathroom Cabinets

So as you my remember we were a bit shocked at what new cabinets cost so I decided to give painting them a try. I figured what do I have to lose, we were going to get rid of these anyway, why not try and paint them. OMGosh I am so in love with how they turned out!! and I now what to chalk paint everything! Here’s how it wentEven though I told my husband that they didn’t have to be sanded since I was chalk painting them he did anyway to be safe. So here they are all sanded down…I used a DIY Chalk paint. I’m in love with the Anne Sloan paint but right now that is just not in the budget. So I found this chalk paint recipe on Lowes and used it to make the chalk paint. It was very easy and I am quite happy on how it adhered to the cabinets.I mixed 1/3 cup of plaster of Paris and 1/3 cup of warm water and stirred it good. In my research I saw some recipes that called for warm and some for cold water. I just thought it mixed better with the warm. Then I mixed that with 1 cup of latex paint and stirred it until it was well mixed. This mixture covered all the cabinets twice and I still had some left over. I first painted a dark brown paint for the base coat. Below is a photo of me painting the first coat.It was about 5 degrees out so luckily my brother-in-law had a turbine heater we could borrow for our garage. I only had it for a day so everything was done in a few hours! The paint was amazing to work with. And of course my dog had to come help

Chalk Paint Bathroom Cabinets

Chalk Paint Bathroom Cabinets
Chalk Paint Bathroom Cabinets
Chalk Paint Bathroom Cabinets
Chalk Paint Bathroom Cabinets