Chalk painted bathroom cabinets for a fresh clean look

by | Oct 31, 2020

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Our bathroom decor and the overall vibe is often overlooked….especially the master-bath as it is not a room that we welcome many guest into…..am I right?

However, your personal bathroom happens to be the room you visit as soon as you wake in the morning and is often the last room you visit at the end of the day!  It is the room you go to…..to unwind with a long hot bath or a nice steamy shower.  It is the room you get really up close and personal with yourself while looking in the mirror doing mundane things such as brushing your teeth or washing your face!  

So in my opinion…..even though you didn’t ask….and you likely already know what’s coming….it deserves a little love!

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Now my master bath is nothing special….and certainly far from being magazine or even showoff worthy.  But because I love you…..and am always willing to go first with the DIY thing…..here we go with chalk painted bathroom cabinets!

This is my master bath.  It is without a doubt my go-to space to unwind.  I spend A LOT of time in this simple space as a hot bath seems to cure all my world problems!  It is sort of blah in color….and has way too much tan-ish tile…..but it’s clean and clear of clutter and allows my brain to relax.  

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So the other day (while soaking in one of my mega hot bath sessions) I realized my bathroom vanity was really in need of a good cleaning.  Yet when I went to clean it (even with my White Lightning cleaner from Dixie Belle)….I realized it was actually stained with make-up and other bathroom type products.  It had held up well since its last refresh almost three years ago with Dixie Belle’s Savannah Mist….not a scratch on it!  But the stains were heavy and I really didn’t like the original “artistic distressing” I had done.

I really considered a more artistic paint finish this time….or at least a stronger color….but I really like the hardware….and it offers plenty visually…so I chose to stay neutral and just go for a fresh clean coat of paint.   So Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy (yep…same as my kitchen cabinet uppers..have you seen that blog?)….was my final choice!

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I actually painted this vanity on live video….so if you are a visual learner you can find it HERE.

I painted the cabinet in two super fast and super easy coats of Sawmill Gravy.  I did not remove doors or drawers….only the hardware.  I used very little water from my mister bottle while painting..which is unusual for me.  The piece was dry within 20 minutes per coat! I allowed that to sit overnight.

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The next morning I used my Finishing Sponge by Dixie Belle to lightly sand my paint finish….and then wiped back with a microfiber cloth….to get that ultra-smooth feel to the touch.

I then chose Gator Hide for my topcoat based on its water-repellent abilities which I find very important for painting both kitchen and bathrooms. 

I applied my Gator Hide on live video as well HERE…..and for demonstration purposes….. I applied it with not only a brush….but also the DB Blue Sponge as well as the Applicator Pad.  I wanted to show how it is strictly a personal preference when deciding how you want to apply your topcoat.  All applicators work well!  I personally prefer the Applicator Pad

I applied one coat and let dry for about an hour.  I then applied the second coat and let dry another hour before putting the hardware back on.

Click here to see my step-by-step guide to apply a smooth gator hide finish.

Had I started this chalk painted bathroom cabinet in the morning….I would have been completely finished with it in under three hours….start to finish!

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It may not look very different in photos…..or even to my husband!  LOL!  I had to remind him it was lightly distressed around each cabinet door and drawer and now it isn’t.  He does appreciate that it looks very fresh!

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I encourage you…..to freshen up your space as well.  Paint is very affordable….and when you use quality paint….your return on your time investment is tenfold!

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See you next week!

XOXO, 

Tracey

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  1. Mary Jo

    Perfect! Just in time for me to do my bathroom and half bath in my rented townhouse. The cabinets look very old and dated and yellowed. Unfortunately there is a marbleized formica countertop that I cannot replace, But I think I will find a color that will pick up one of the colors in the marble. I also plan to redo the frame around the medicine cabinet which is even older looking in an ugly gold color. Wish me luck I’m a beginner. I have watched several of your live demonstrations and you are a really good teacher. I need to go buy some applicator pads from my local retailer, Andrea.

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