January 5, 2022

How to Paint a Bathroom Vanity

How to Paint a Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom vanities are more than just storage space, they can have style and give your bathroom and house a fresh look. Painting bathroom cabinets allows you to change the look of your bathroom every few years. This keeps your bathroom looking clean and modern.

We will guide you and show you how to paint bathroom cabinets, the professional way. It is cheaper than replacing your cabinets and it will give you a chance to choose the right shade and color for your bathroom cabinets.

Project Overview

  • Estimated cost $100-$150
  • Time: 2 to 3 days
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Skill requirement: Beginner

Tools and Materials You Will Need to Paint Your Bathroom Vanity

Tools and Materials to Paint Your Bathroom Vanity

It is important to have all the tools and materials ready before painting your bathroom vanity. Here’s the list:


  • Natural-bristle paint brush
  • Synthetic-bristle paint brush
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Work gloves
  • Respirator
  • Sandpaper
  • Screwdriver
  • Clean sponge
  • Paint scraper
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Paint stick


  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Degreasing cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Painting tarp
  • Painter’s tape
  • Rags

What Kind of Paint to Use on Bathroom

The right paint is important; latex paints can be a good choice, easy to clean up, and dries fast; it is important to get a satin or semi-gloss type of paint for bathroom cabinets. This will increase the durability of high moisture rooms.

How to Paint Bathroom Cabinets Like a Pro in 6 Simple Steps

It is vital to follow these steps in how to paint a bathroom vanity to achieve the best results. This will turn your dingy old cabinets into a modern bathroom vanity.

#1: Prepare Your Bathroom Vanity for Painting

Prepare Bathroom Vanity for Painting

This step is important to make sure that you are ready to tackle this project. This first step will ensure that you will be organized, and it won’t be time-consuming. Skipping or not following all the instructions outlined below may cause you some trouble down the line.

  1. Empty the cabinets and the bathroom toiletries from the room.
  2. Remove the knobs and hinges with a screwdriver from the cabinets.
  3. Place all screws and knobs in labeled plastic bags.
  4. Remove the drawers.
  5. Use painter’s tape to label your drawers after you have painted them separately, so they’ll be easy to put back up.
  6. Clean all the surfaces of the cabinets.
  7. Use a degreasing cleaner to clean the cabinets again.
  8. Rinse the cabinets to make sure that the degreasing cleaner is washed off properly.
  9. Place a painting tarp around the cabinets.

#2: Tape Your Bathroom Vanity with Painter's Tape

Painters Tape Bathroom Vanity

Painter’s tape is a painter’s best assistant, proper use of painter’s tape will ensure that only the parts of the cabinets you want to paint will be painted. Place the tape on all the walls that are connected to your bathroom cabinets and the insides of the cabinets unless you want to paint those too.

#3: Sand the Bathroom Vanity

How to Paint Bathroom Vanity

Gently sanding your bathroom cabinets before painting improves the adhesion of the paint. It will allow the primer paint to properly coat the cabinets. It is important to sand down the cabinets gently with 120-220-grade sandpaper to ensure the surface is smooth and dull.

If you are sanding down a cabinet that is older or is unfinished it is recommended to use higher-grade sandpaper. If, however, the cabinets are almost new then lower-grade sandpaper will suffice. It is important to smooth down all imperfections before applying the primer.

#4: Apply the Primer

Painting Cabinets Primer

Oil-based primer paints are highly recommended for moist environments like bathrooms. Mildew-proof latex-based paints can also be used because they dry faster, however, oil-based primers or shellac are often used as they are more moist-resistant. Use a natural bristle brush for grooves and corners and use a roller for larger surfaces.

It is important to uniformly apply a generous layer of primer and let it dry. Once applied you may need to add an additional coat for good measure depending on what it looks like once dried. Please remember when painting to always paint in the direction of the wood grain on the cabinets to ensure better results.

It is important to not forget to apply primer to the disassembled doors and drawers of the bathroom cabinets as well. Please be mindful when painting the drawers and doors to not paint over the labels that let you know where they go, this is to ensure that assembly of the cabinets will be quick and easy.

#5: Paint Your Bathroom Vanity

Paint Your Bathroom Vanity

It is always advised to use your paint within the first 24 hours of mixing it for the best results. Before applying the paint, you must make sure that your coat of primer is fully dry. It is also important that you stir the paint very well, thoroughly mixing it before pouring it onto your paint tray.

For oil-based paints, it is important to use a natural bristle brush to paint the grooves and corners just like with the primer and use a roller to paint the wider surfaces. The same rule of painting applies here that you must paint in the direction of the wood to ensure the paint seeps into the cracks of the wood. It is advised to start painting the disassembled drawers and doors first, then if you wish to paint the insides of your cabinets, next move onto the outside of your bathroom cabinets.

When applying the finishing paint, it is recommended to paint thinner layers of paint on to avoid drips, if needed you can always add additional coats if necessary. It is paramount to allow the paint to dry fully before adding additional coats of paint because otherwise it will not stick as well and might get messy.

#6: Reassemble the Vanity

Bathroom Vanity Painting Steps

When it comes time to reassemble your bathroom cabinets, make sure the paint is fully dry. If you need to drill holes to attach the cabinet doors, then make sure you do it gently and carefully so as to not scrape off the paint. Once your cabinets are assembled make sure that each drawer and door can open and close with ease.


Painting a bathroom vanity is a great project for any season and for whatever reason. If your bathroom vanity is looking dingy and dull and you are looking to add a splash of color to your house, there is no time to wait. Having the right look and atmosphere will turn your house into a home.

Contact Oahu Pro Painters to get your bathroom cabinets looking brand-new or schedule an estimate today!

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How to Paint a Bathroom Vanity
Written By:
Karl Van Zadnt

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