Painting Laundry Room Cabinets

Painting Cabinets Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

It was a rainy Saturday here in Charlotte as Hurricane Florence moved in. We were lucky enough to still have power but my husband claimed the couch and a Netflix show that I was uninterested in. So, after cleaning the house, I decided it would be the perfect time to work on a project that I’ve been meaning to get to since we purchased our home. ‘Face-lifting’ the laundry room cabinets.

Everyone asks me about painting cabinets and I have to say, I think that it’s so worth it especially in lower traffic areas like a laundry room. I’m all for painting kitchen cabinets but I would go a different route. For this project, I used a local chalk paint and finished these off with a wax coat to protect the paint from chipping.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Chalk paint (for this I used 14 oz)

  • Paint brush (4” and 2'“ is what I used)

  • Painters tape

  • Drill to remove doors and hardware

  • Cross tip screw driver

  • Paper plates (prop the doors up while you paint)

  • Wax finish or clear coat

Steps for project:

  1. First you want remove your cabinet doors, the hardware and knobs.

  2. Then you’ll want to wipe down the cabinets and the cabinet base to get the dust and dirt off.

  3. You’ll likely want to tape the cabinet at the ceiling and on the wall to keep a neat and straight line.

    • You don’t need to sand! If you use chalk paint and apply 1-2 thin coats, letting the paint dry in between you will be fine. The key is finishing with a wax or clear coat to protect the paint.

  4. Once you’ve prepped your area, apply one coat of paint to the cabinet base.

  5. As the base dries, find a space where you can place 2 paper plates upside down on a flat surface. You then want to lay your cabinet door face down on the 2 plates. This will lift your door off the surface about an inch so that you can paint the cabinet and it’s sides and can dry without sticking to everything. Once you paint all the backs and sides, and your cabinets are fully dry (apx. 2 hours) you want to flip this over and do the fronts in the same way.

    • I used paper plates as a fast and easy solution to prop the doors up. Some people use push pins but I didn’t want to create a hole on mine. The plates worked like a charm! A new favorite hack for sure!

  6. If your base is dry and there are no bare spots, you’ll want to take the wax and apply with a lint free cloth or soft sponge. Once the cabinet doors are dry, you’ll want to do the same. Apply a wax coat using a cloth or sponge.

  7. Wax doesn’t need to dry but I waited 30 mins before putting the hinges and knobs back on.

Then, you just need to hang up your doors and you should be all set! I added rubber door stops to the edges of the cabinet doors to help protect the paint.

Here is the before and after!





Reach out if you have any questions, but in a matter of hours I was able to really change the look of this laundry room for the better!