I bought my condo in 2015 and I was not in-love with any of the cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchen (same throughout). So, I decided the most cost-effective way to change them would be to paint them.
I started with the spare bathroom first, mainly because if I screwed up no would see there is less square footage of cabinets in there.
I bought Giani Nuvo kit in Titanium White. I absolutely love white cabinets – I think they are so timeless.
I bought the 2 quart kit (Cost ~ $60), which included everything I needed except a paint tray, sand paper and painter’s tape.
The directions provided by the kit were easy to understand and I followed them exactly.
I first lightly prepped the cabinets by sanding and roughing them a bit and then wiping/cleaning them up with glass cleaner (ie Windex).
I did take the cabinet doors off. Per the instructions, you don’t have to do this, but I read recommendations to take them off.
I ended up doing a total of 4 coats/layers. I still had over 1 quart of paint left. The estimated total time spent of this was approx. 4 hrs.
I did this in February of 2016, so over a year ago, and even though this bathroom doesn’t see a lot of traffic, the finish has held up very well.
I was very pleased with the overall ease of this kit, so I decided to paint the cabinets in the master bathroom. However, I thought the Titanium White was too bright and white for my bathrooms and overall taste, so I went with the Coconut Espresso (which is a beautiful off-white color, and sounds yummy!) from Nuvo. I only bought the 1 quart kit this time (Cost ~ $35 online).
I repeated the same steps as before, except this time I left the cabinet doors on (thinking it would be easier, but I don’t think it made a difference). Actually, it might be easier to take off the doors AND hinge hardware, just so you don’t have to worry about getting paint on any of the hardware. I did take the drawer fronts off.
The extra cabinet doors and drawers increased the overall time to almost 6 hrs. Again, I painted 4 coats. This paint dries very quickly, which makes for a quick 1-day project and then you put everything back together the next day.
The master bathroom obviously sees a lot more traffic, and it has held up beautifully. I did have to touch up one small spot, but no other issues after almost 12 months later.
And, I am so glad I changed my mind and went with the Coconut Espresso for the master bath. It is just a lovely off-white/creamy white color. I absolutely love it. I might have to go back and repaint the spare bath with this color.
Overall, I highly recommend the Giani Nuvo cabinet paint products. They are available online and at most hardware stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot (I bought mine from Amazon). Total cost for both bathrooms (including new cabinet knobs) comes to less than $150.
I plan to use the same brand to paint my kitchen cabinets (and something for my kitchen counters as well) next! So stay tuned for another DIY House Edition post!