I was missin my paint brush somethin awful. (aren’t you??…cue crickets, chirp chirp chirp) oh is it just me?!?!
So I decided to go ahead with a project I have been wanting to get done for awhile. I picked a color for my dated bathroom cabinets (see Monday post :) ….they were so seven years ago….I joke I joke…they just weren’t our style anymore. Paint is your friend in this situation.
A few steps to get the look that you want with cabinets you already have…
I cleaned the cabinets just with a damp cloth to get the dust (doghair, toothpaste, scope, etc…you get the picture)

I chose an oilbased primer (love the zinsser product) It does the job it says it will do “cover all”. In a bathroom where you have to wipe the surface often you need to use a primer that will stick well and allow the paint to adhere perfect. Oil based is the only way to go. I use throw away brushes so I don’t have to deal with mineral spirits and washing out the brushes. And CentsationalGirl tells me you can get the oilbased primer comes off your hands with vegetable oil…Love that!! PS…she has mad paint skills….you must check out her tutorials. Love them all!
I put one coat of primer on and let it dry.

I sanded it down gently and wiped off excess dust.

I put my base coat on with a Purdy brush and let it dry over night. The next coat will be my finish coat and I chose a waterbased semigloss in Iceberg (Porter Paint) . The big reveal….on my $20 makeover. Let me get ready for my close up….:)

Steps you will need to take…

  1.  With a damp cloth wipe off any dust and dirt.
  2. Take off any hardware.
  3. Lightly sand the areas where the hardware was stuck on (incase you decide to change it) wipe off dust.
  4. Using a throw away brush …apply the oil based primer. Let dry
  5. Lightly sand the primer (drips and brush strokes)
  6. Apply base coat of the water based paint with a nice brush. Let dry.
  7. Apply final coat (mixing the right amount of Floetrol to the paint) taking care to not have any drips and runs.


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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com

    I'm about to paint ours too. Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. nice job! I'm about to the same to our bathroom base cabinet since I can't afford the one I really want to go with.

  3. Flannery @ Three Sisterz

    can't wait to see the final project!

  4. Looking forward to the reveal.

    Two typos though:

    "damn rag"


    "Floerol" (s/b Floetrol)

  5. nice! can you come to my house next time your in Philly? i need some motivation to update around here!


  6. What does floetrol do?

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