Bathrooms are one of the most private rooms in a house – but at the same time are always in sight of all guest. If the furniture in your bathroom looks a bit worn out or old, you can restore it with a new coat of bright paint, a job that will take only a weekend and enjoy for several years.
- Buy paint and base. If the furniture is made of knotty wood or has stains that could suppurate through the new paint, apply a blocking base paint. You have to choose between latex and oil paint. Latex paint is an interesting option because it dries quickly, is resistant to mold, has no odor and is cleaned with water. Choose a glaze with gloss or satin for extra durability.
- Prepare the work area by putting paper or discard papers on the floor and close to all furniture.
- Remove doors, drawers, shelves, and bathroom cabinet handles using a screwdriver.
- Clean all surfaces you plan to paint. Most bathroom furniture will be cleaned with a multi-purpose household cleaner. For heavily soiled or greasy surfaces, trisodium phosphate (TSP) can be used. TSP is an aggressive chemical, and you should be careful to follow its instructions use. Rinse surfaces thoroughly with water and dry thoroughly.
- Scrape all defective or porous paint using a spatula.
- Fill with the aid of a spatula all hollow or mark with putty or cover pores for wood using a spatula for putty. When the putty is dry, remove all excess from the surface by sanding with fine sandpaper (180 grit) until smooth.
- Sand all surfaces you plan to paint, which will create a “jagged” or rough effect in such a way that the base paint and the final paint will adhere correctly. Uses 150 or 180 thick sandpaper.
- Remove all dust from the surfaces of the bathroom cabinet using a cleaning cloth or a grille.
- Mask with tape any surface that you do not want to paint by accident.
- Paint the doors, shelves and drawers of the cabinet with the base paint, applying a thin layer, and let it dry.
- Paint with the base paint the interior of the furniture if you plan to paint it inside. Let it dry.
- Apply the first coat of paint to the door, drawers and shelves. Make long strokes and pairs, apply a thin coat of paint and once dry apply a second coat.
- Apply a coat of paint on the inside of the cabinet, if necessary. Apply a second layer once the first one dries.
- Replace the door, drawers, shelves and handles once the paint is completely dry. Latex paints can take 14 to 30 days to completely dry. The drying time of the paints appear in the paint can.
Tips & Warnings
- Do not skimp the drying time between coat and coat of paint, as you run the risk of preventing the paint from adhering properly. The recommended drying time is in the same paint cans.
- Take the time to thoroughly mix the paint when you open the can for the first time, as well as at regular intervals while painting.
- Some bathroom furniture is not suitable for painting. Good results are achieved with solid wood, wood coatings and metal surfaces, but the paint will not adhere correctly to plastic laminate cabinets.
- If you are scraping and sanding a surface of wood that has already been painted, it is best to use masks and safety glasses.