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Bathroom Cabinet Refinishing

a bathroom with a sink and a mirror

Here are some of the reasons why you should refinish rather than replace your cabinets. It’s a lot cheaper. It's better for the environment.  It allows you to finish your remodel faster. It's ideal if your cabinets are in the right place and if your cabinets are still in good condition. Refinishing your bathroom gives a whole new revitalised look to your home.


Getting started
Begin by removing all of the cabinet's doors and drawers. Remove any and all hardware and hinges. Bring them outside or into the garage and remove the glossy topcoat with a deglosser or a handheld sander. Do the same for the cabinet. You do not need to sand all of the paint off; simply sand until the shine is dulled.


The deglosser should work fine for you; instead of sanding on bathroom and kitchen cabinets and it will look amazing. You can sand the cabinet too if you are not sure if the deglosser would work as well on a spray-painted surface. In this case, it’s not necessary though. But, for all other surfaces, we highly recommend the deglosser! If you sanded, wipe down to remove the dust, or let the deglosser dry. Apply one coat of primer to all doors; another coat may be required depending on the previous colour of the cabinet. Take your time and apply it evenly, first with an angle brush and then with a nap roller.


Add advance line paint after the primer has dried completely (at least 4 hours). Again, use your angled brush to paint in any detailed trims or difficult-to-paint areas first. Then, using your 14" nap roller, go over everything. This paint is fantastic. Because it's self-levelling, even if you don't catch a minor blemish, the paint smooths itself out beautifully. It's also a very thick paint, so you might only need one coat and some touch-ups. It will dry rock hard in a matter of weeks and will last for many, many years! Feel free to reinstall the doors and drawers after a few days; just be gentle with that area while it hardens completely.


Why refinish your bathroom cabinets?
When renovating, refinishing is a process that requires both painting and carpentry skills and can save you a significant amount of money. Taking on a home renovation project can be enjoyable and exciting for many people. Refinishing your bathroom cabinets gives them a new and fresh look. Refinishing your bathroom cabinets correctly can add value to your home.


What type of paint should you use on your bathroom cabinets?
Oil-based paint works best in moist environments, such as bathrooms, but it takes longer to dry. When applying oil paint with a roller, use a wool, natural fibre, or polyester blend roller cover. For grooves and uneven surfaces, use a natural bristle brush. Or you could use water-based (latex) paint that dries quickly and is easily cleaned up. Use a semi-gloss, satin, or gloss paint that is long-lasting and easy to clean. Look for a 100-per cent acrylic enamel formula for durability and quality.

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