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How do you paint bathroom cabinets?

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Paint bathroom cabinets by removing the hardware, sanding the wood, priming the cabinets, and painting the doors and frame. The process brings new life to older cabinetry in the span of an afternoon.

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  1. Remove hardware

    Remove any pulls, knobs and hinges. If you are planning to replace old hardware, fill the holes using wood putty.

  2. Sand the cabinets

    Use 220-grit sandpaper to dull the gloss of the previous finish. It is not necessary to remove all the finish; create a slightly rough surface to which the primer adheres. Take time to sand the corners, and trim inside and outside the cabinet. Vacuum away any sanding dust, and wipe the cabinets with a lint-free rag dipped in mineral spirits.

  3. Prime the cabinets

    Mask off walls and any surfaces you do not want painted. Once the smell of the mineral spirits dissipates, apply a thin coat of primer to the cabinets. After allowing the first primer coat to dry, apply a second coat.

  4. Apply the finishing coats

    Gloss finishes require more meticulous preparation than satin finishes but are better at protecting the wood in bathrooms. Apply the paint in two thin coats, lightly sanding the first coat after it dries before applying the second. Attach the hardware to the newly finished cabinets to complete the refinishing process.

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