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How to Paint Bathroom Cabinets

 Painting bathroom cabinets is a pretty simple weekend project that only has three simple steps. If you can tape, sand, and paint, you can paint bathroom cabinets.


Derek and I are no stranger to painting cabinets. We've hired it out and paid someone else to do it, we've done it on our own with a paint sprayer, and we've painted by hand twice. I can honestly say my preferred method so far has been painting them by hand on our own.


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We paid professionals to paint our kitchen cabinets in Georgia, and they started chipping basically the same week they were done. When we bought our last house before this current one, we used a paint sprayer for our cabinets but it left them with a weird texture that can happen if you're not an expert with a paint sprayer and know exactly how to dial it in correctly. 

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We've done this hand painting method twice now and both times we've had consistent even results, no chipping, and it's held up perfectly! 

How to Paint Bathroom Cabinets:

To paint bathroom cabinets you're going to tape off all the walls. Unscrew the doors and drawers, sand everything down, wipe with a tak cloth, and then paint with 2-3 coats of your favorite satin finish paint. After everything is dried you'll reassemble your vanity, and you're finished! It really is such a simple project and the results have turned out perfectly for us the two times we've done this project. 

What Supplies Do You Need To Paint Bathroom Cabinets?

Best Paint for Bathroom Cabinets:

We've used Behr Marquee Satin Enamel (color matched to Benjamin Moore Hale Navy) paint from The Home Depot for both of the bathroom vanities in our current home. It's a paint and primer in one which is why we don't prime the cabinets in this project, so it saves you that step. The finish holds up really well in the bathroom and wipes clean easily without being way too shiny like a semigloss paint. This paint was recommended to me by someone else who has used and loved it, and although we only have three months of wear on the paint at the time of writing this, I can say that we have no chips or issues! I'll be sure to come back and update this over time, but we're super happy with how this is holding up!

Complete Steps for Painting Bathroom Cabinets:

To paint bathroom cabinets, you're first going to need to tape off your vanity from the floor, the walls, and the counter top above it. This will ensure you get nice crisp lines, and that you won't get paint where you don't want it. 

After everything is taped off, remove the doors and drawers and put all their accompanying screws into a zip lock bag. This way you'll have them when you need to reassemble everything later. 


With those things out of the way you're ready to start sanding. You're going to sand down your doors, drawers, and base cabinet with 220 grit sand paper. This is enough to take the old finish off of the cabinet, and will give the new paint something to grab onto. 

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Once you're done sanding everything really well, you'll grab a tak cloth to wipe everything down. The tak cloth is a super sticky piece of fabric that will grab and wipe away all the sanded sawdust so that it doesn't ruin your paint finish. 

Next take your doors and drawers out to the garage and set them onto painter tripods. This keeps them up off the ground while you're painting, but doesn't leave an imprint in the paint of your door or drawer. You'll need four painter tripods per door/drawer so that everything has a stable surface while you're working. 


Now you're ready to paint! I use a two inch angle brush to get into the detailed edging on the cabinet doors, and areas on the vanity that the roller is too large for and cannot reach. Once I've brushed everything in with my angled brush, I use the 4 inch foam paint roller for the rest. Always start on the backside of your cabinet doors and drawers so that the last coat you finish is on the front.

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I find it best to start with the vanity, and then go out to the garage to paint the doors and drawers, and then go back inside to paint the vanity again, and then back to the garage to flip the doors and drawers over and paint their other side. This just helps to keep everything moving and so that I'm not constantly washing brushes in between coats a million times. 

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Always paint with thin coats to ensure a smooth finish and allow for about an hour of dry time between coats before starting your next coat. I have never sanded in between coats, but if you have lines and feel like you need to, then sand between coats. Just know I didn't and I don't regret that decision.


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Once everything has three coats of paint and has had plenty of time to dry and your doors, drawers, and vanity are not sticky to the touch, reassemble your vanity. After we paint a vanity we always put felt furniture pad stickers on the inside of the corner of the doors to ensure the painted door won't stick to the painted vanity. 

Note: We did not use a top coat to finish these. We didn't on our bathroom in our last house and they held up fine, and these ones so far have held up fine without as well. 


That is everything you need to know about how we painted our bathroom cabinets! Like I've said, we've tried all the methods so far and this has by far been the easiest method with the best results for us. I think we're planning on doing the same method for our kitchen cabinets in the next few months! 

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Industrial Modern Boy Bedroom Tour

When we moved into this house two months ago I don't think we really planned on doing all the projects that we have, but somehow in a short time we've already finished three rooms in our home. In case you've missed it, we've completed Derek's office, our master bathroom, and now Kyle's bedroom.

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When we moved into our home we let Kyle have his pick of three different bedrooms that are in our basement, and he originally picked one room because the walls were blue and he thought they were cool. The downside to that room was that it was oddly shaped and was too big for a lot of his furniture and things looked pretty awkward in there.

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A few weeks ago we realized the bedroom across the hall from him actually fit all of his existing furniture perfectly, so we talked to him about painting the room and moving him over and he was on board! You can see in the before picture that there wasn't anything wrong with this room, it just needed some paint to make it pop. This room actually has a really cool alcove for the bed with recess lighting and an accompanying dimmer switch on the same wall to make it really convenient for Kyle to read from bed. It really is the perfect room for our little bookworm.

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I've been wanting to paint a wall black since our last home that we'd purchased, and knew Kyle's room was the perfect place to make it happen. The very first thing we did in this room was paint the alcove wall black ("Black" by Behr from Home Depot), and then painted the other walls, closet, and bedroom doors white ("Ultra Pure White" by Behr from Home Depot).

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Once the walls and doors were painted, the room felt really plain. Yes we had a black wall, but all the other walls were just so white. It needed something to jazz it up a bit. On a whim and against Derek's consent I painted the trim and window frame black and I have no regrets. I feel like it ties the entire room together and works really well with the hardware on his desk and dresser. This room also came with those two hanging shelves on the wall, and we just spray painted the metal black to tie into everything else.

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I was so glad we were able to use all of Kyle's existing decor which obviously helped us save a ton of money on this space. The only things we had to purchase were the paint, painting supplies, a new door knob, and hinges. We already had new knobs for his closet door that were leftover from the pack we purchased when we finished Derek's office, and we had the black spray paint from when we finished our master bathroom. All together we spent about $125 for this bedroom!

If you're interested in links for the decor details for this bedroom, you can see them all on Kyle's bedroom tour from our last home here.

We're so excited to have Kyle's room done, and I can't wait to get started on Kinsley's room next. I have such an amazing idea for a statement wall in her room and I'm dying to get going. 

Farmhouse Master Bathroom (Cost and Links)

When we moved into this house there were projects that we knew we wanted to get to eventually, but to be totally honest the bathrooms were not high priority on the list. Our master bathroom was totally fine the way it was, but then I got an opportunity for a sponsored post (coming soon), and thought that if I was going to be taking pictures in this space it might as well look nice, and then Derek and I decided to use the money from that sponsorship to pay for this update. 

If you're interested in all of the details for our farmhouse master bathroom update with costs and links for everything, then you're in the right place. 

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Probably too many details on the financial end of things, but I love being able to be transparent about how we do our updates. I realize updating a home costs money, and with this home I want to be able to share how we do these updates in a very transparent way without breaking the bank. 

I will go into detail in future posts with tutorials on how we did some of these things, like framing the bathroom mirror, and painting the bathroom vanity, but for this post I'm simply going to share what we did, where we bought certain things, and how the space came together. 

Rustic Farmhouse Bathroom Vanity:

The first thing I knew I wanted to do was paint the vanity navy. We used the Behr Marquee paint from Home Depot in a satin finish, and had it color matched to Benjamin Moore's "Hale Navy". I then found these hexagon knobs on Amazon, which serisouly might be one of my favorite details in the space. They were very inexpensive and are the perfect modern statement for the space. 

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Farmhouse Bathroom Faucet:

I've been loving matte black everything lately and this faucet was a pretty inexpensive swap that made a huge impact on the overall look of the space. Ironically when Derek was changing it, he found a massive hole in the old pipe that just happened to not leak yet. I'm glad we fixed it now on our own terms instead of the universe's terms later down the road. 

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Farmhouse Bathroom Mirror:

I wrote a blog post two years ago in our last house about how to frame your bathroom mirror, and we followed those same instructions for this space. We ran into some issues with the wood being bowed when we first purchased it, so make sure if you follow that tutorial to make sure your boards are pin straight. If you get that detail right the first time, the process is super easy! We stained the boards with "slate" from Varathane which was supposed to be a gray color, but they pulled really blue. Luckily we don't hate it and are pleased with the overall result. 

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Farmhouse Bathroom Accessories:

This bathroom didn't have a towel bar for our bath towels so we knew we were going to be adding one at some point. We spent $40 and bought a matching set and replaced the old toilet paper holder, hand towel ring, and then added in the bath towel bar. It feels nice to not hang the towels over the shower door anymore! 

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I wanted to get some bath towels that were more modern/bohemian than a traditional bath towel. We found these on Amazon, and while the fabric isn't the same as a typical bath towel, they're really absorbent and feel great when you're drying off. Nothing like those microfiber bath towels that are just the absolute worst! 

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We were originally going to hang shelves above the tub, but then I figured as a self proclaimed minimalist adding shelves would also mean adding a ton of knick knacks that were just going to sit on a shelf forever. I decided to add these four picture frames with water color prints that I bought from jane.com. I love the look of them and think they fit the space perfectly. The glass in one of the frames came broken so Amazon let us keep the frames and gave us a full refund. It turned out to be a nice $44 win. (Also does anyone else hate how expensive frames are?)

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The picture above the toilet was painted by a sister missionary we knew from Georgia. It's a picture of peaches and I just love her, peaches, and Georgia so much that I needed to buy it. We've had it sitting around for months now and then when we put the space together it just worked perfectly. 

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We're slowly updating all the hinges and door knobs in our house to matte black so we switched those out in this bathroom just like we did in the office downstairs. We also painted the door white and it looks so fresh and new! 

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The wire basket on the toilet, and the tooth brush and make up brush holders were all actually silver previously. I bought a can of matte black spray paint for $3 and all of a sudden these mismatched pieces fit the space perfectly. We bought the wire basket from Walmart, but the brush holders we'd had from past bathrooms and just made them all work here. 

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Farmhouse Bathroom Lighting:

Lastly, we updated the light fixture. We went for this super modern one which I love, but in full transparency Derek kind of hates it. His entire family has pretty sensitive eyes, and he prefers a light fixture that you can't see the bulb because when the bulbs aren't covered the light is too much for him. That being said we both love the look of it, it could just be better in practicality. We did use 60w Edison bulbs in it, which are much dimmer than the fluorescent lights we usually use, and that's helped quite a bit for Derek's sensitivity (although he says it's still not perfect!)

We did look into switching the light, but anything that had the bulbs covered more, while still matching our style was almost triple what we paid for this. So in the name of frugality, we're keeping the light for now. 

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That's all the major details of the new bathroom space! I can't wait to share more of this home with you as everything unfolds! Linked below are all the links to the things we bought for this project, and noted with price differences if there is a difference from the link to what we paid. 

Caulk (for tub and sink)
Wood Filler (to patch hole in vanity from previous toilet paper holder)
Painter's Tape (to tape off edges)
Painter's Tripods (to hold cabinet doors while painting)
220 Grit Sand Paper (to sand cabinet doors before painting)
Tack Cloth (to wip dust and debris off cabinets after sanding)
Liquid Nails (to glue mirror frame to mirror)
Stain (for the frame)
Faucet (no longer available in black, we paid $49.99)
Black Spray Paint (for brush holders and basket)
Toilet Paper Basket (I paid $12.97)
Pictures: jane.com, no longer available $14.97
Plumbers Tape (for faucet install)
Picture Frames (glass came broken and got full refund)
Four Inch Foam Roller (for painting cabinets)
Paint Tray Liner (to pour paint in)
9in Roller Cover (to paint walls and ceiling)

Total Cost: $413.36

Items I already had:
Paint Tray
Roller Handles
Paint Edger
Screw Driver
Hammer
Scrapper
Level
Angled Brush

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Modern Farmhouse Office Tour

When we moved into this home I knew we were going to need a home office due to the fact that Derek's job is now 100% remote. This actually is a huge blessing for us, and it's something we're really excited about, but it definitely meant that Derek needed his own private workspace in order to make it successful. 

I've been loving the modern farmhouse look lately and knew I wanted to put my own spin on that for this office. I feel like we did a really great job at finding modern farmhouse office pieces that worked well in the space and on a budget, and I'm really excited to share all of those fun details. 

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Modern Farmhouse Office Furniture:

The first thing we needed for this space was some modern farmhouse office furniture. We found this desk for a great price on Amazon. It's 47 inches long and I love the mixture of the dark wood tones with the black metal. It perfectly fits Derek's two monitors for work, along with his mouse and keyboard making it the perfect fit for this space. 

We also purchased this bookshelf which complements the desk really well. They're not the exact same wood tones, but it's close enough that I think both pieces work well in this space. I love the ladder bookshelf look and I especially love that this one is more narrow at the top, and wider at the base, giving it clean modern lines. 

We eventually want to put a chaise in the corner of this room for me to be able to sit and get work done on the days while the kids are in school. I found this one at Ikea that I really love, but just haven't pulled the trigger yet. 

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Modern Farmhouse Office Decor:

We kept the decor really simple for this space. We used books we already had to fill the shelves and then added a few inexpensive touches to fill the gaps. This room gets really cold so we added a basket to the bookshelf to store some blankets and a heating pad. Then we just found some odds and ends like a globe, some white vases, and some black picture frames to fill out and complete the space. 

The picture frames are one of my favorite details. We bought the artwork from Etsy and purchased the frames from Michael's. I think they not only look great in the space, but since this is a man's office space, they have more of a masculine feel which I think is important since Derek spends a large portion of his day in here. 

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Modern Farmhouse Office Paint Colors and Details:

For this space we used Behr Premium Plus paint from The Home Depot. The blue color that we used on the wall was "mysterious" and then we used "Ultra Pure White" on the doors, ceiling, and trim. To bring in more of the black modern farmhouse vibes, we added a new black doorknob and hinges on the door, and switched out the knobs on the closet door as well. I think everything ties together perfectly, and we're so happy with how this space turned out. 

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Links, Sources, and Cost for Everything!
Screws $1.18 (for closet knobs couldn't find link)
Michaels 11x14 Frames $21 (I bought all three for $21 on sale)
Walgreens photo Printing $17.80
Pen Cup $1.07 (Dollar Tree)

(Prices may currently vary depending on location and items I purchased on sale. The shown prices here are what I personally spent on each item.)

Grand Total: $364.98
After Amazon Gift Cards: $314.98

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Industrial Modern Home Office Tour

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This year has certainly brought a lot of changes for our little family. A month ago we bought and moved into our new home, I'll be teaching physical education when school starts in August, I'll still be blogging once school starts and working in marketing for another local company. Derek also works 100% from home so with all these major needs, we definitely needed a home office space for Derek to use during the day, and for me to write, lesson plan, and do my other work in the evenings.

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Our Favorite Home Office Tools:
I'm typically a very organized person, but now that I'll be teaching grades K-8 in the fall, keeping my classes and lesson plans organized is important now more than ever. I have always been huge fan of G2 line from Pilot Pen. I love that they come in a wide variety of colors so I can use one color for each of my classes. G2 is also proven to be the longest writing gel ink pen that has smooth writing and a comfortable grip. I love that I can purchase the G2 18pk from Pilot Pen and be confident that it can last me through the school year.

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Another must in our home office are the Precise Marklighter2 premium dual tip creative marker. The Marklighter2 has a broad chisel tip as well as an extra fine tip designed to deliver ultra-smooth, vibrant, precision highlighting and creative writing experience. I love using these to highlight standards in curriculum that I need to include into my classes, or to mark key elements that I need revisit with my students. The Precise Marklighter2 also doesn't bleed through your paper, which is crucial for any teacher who doesn't want to ruin their lesson planner.


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How We Designed Our Home Office:
When I was planning out this office I wanted it to be a space that was aesthetically pleasing for me, but also a place that Derek felt comfortable working in as well. I leaned pretty masculine with the paint colors and furniture choices, and then let my personal style show through in the decor elements.


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We wanted to keep everything pretty simple with the streamlined and minimal furniture. I also hate clutter so we chose a desk that didn't have a lot drawers for things to get lost. We never really had a space to store any of our books that aren't children's books, and love that we now have the bookshelf to house them all!

Home Office Decorating Tips:
For this space we didn't want it to be cluttered with things we wouldn't be using, so we really tried to style it with purposeful items. I think books you already own make the best kind of decor, so we brought in a bunch of our favorites and styled them on the shelves. Then we brought in some plants to bring a little life into the room. Lastly, we grabbed this small globe (because every office needs a globe right?), and some vases to add to the shelf and it was complete!

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I find alternating the sides of the shelf with books on one side, and other items of the other side, and then doing the opposite on the next shelf is a really great way to balance out a bookshelf.

I'm so glad we have this space finished in time for the new school year, and that I'll be able to keep myself organized with help from Pilot Pen. Be sure to add the G2 gel ink pen packs, and the Precise Marklighter2 to your cart on your next trip to Target. When you shop in store you can get 20% off all Precise Pens & Markers from 7/19-7/25, 8/23-8/29, 9/6-9/12. 2) Get 20% off all G2 Pens from 7/19-7/25, 8/30-9/5

Our New Home Tour Video

We got to head over to our new house today to drop off some odds and ends that don't really pack well into boxes. While we were there I decided to make a small low-quality video to share the new house with you. We really don't plan on doing a lot of renovations to this space, but I think fresh paint and inexpensive details like that will go a long way to make it home. 






Since we are spending just about every penny we've made for the last three months to get into this house, we won't be doing anything major anytime soon, but it's always nice to think up and plan some new projects, even if you won't be getting to them right away. I'm excited for our family to thrive in this home and for all the adventures we'll have while we're here. 


This is the home Kinsley will recover from SDR surgery in, and where she'll likely take her very first independent steps. The home where Kyle will be able to run around, have friends over, and just be a kid. When we were over there today dropping things off, Kyle rode his bike with a couple friends up and down the street and it made my heart beat in all the best ways possible. With all that being said, welcome to our new home.



Dark + Moody Home Office Inspiration

We're officially seven days out from moving into the new house and we just got word that due to covid-19, Derek won't be going back to work until at least March 2021. I wish I was making that up, but sadly I'm not. Apparently every-time someone in his office here in Utah gets the virus, the back-to-work date gets pushed back even further. So far three people from his office have gotten it, so we're looking at Derek working from home for a good long while. 

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How Many Rooms in the New House?
Luckily our new house has a lot of extra rooms that we weren't necessarily anticipating needing, but I'm now really glad we have them. I feel a little awkward admitting this, but our new house has six bedrooms. I get that's a lot of space for only four people, but with everything how it is right now, we actually have intended use for each of the rooms. Master bedroom, Kinsley's bedroom, Kyle's bedroom, home office, music/playroom, and then a guest bedroom. We're really grateful to have the space and to be able to spread out this way. 

Where to Put a Home Office?
Okay, back to the home office. This room will be down in the basement, away from where the kids and I will be playing most days, so that Derek can hopefully have peace and quiet while working and not be bothered by the rest of us. I gave Derek two inspiration images for this office. One was dark and moody, and the other was white and bright. He chose the dark and moody, and I was so excited to put together a space that was out of the norm from what we've done in the past. 

High Quality Home Office Furniture:
We're lucky enough to be working with songmics.com who will be sending us the bookshelf and desk for this space. We're really thankful to be working with them and it's a collaboration that's been in the making for a few months now, so it's fun to finally see it coming full circle! 

Derek already has a chair from his office at work, which he can luckily bring to the new house until he needs to bring it back-to-work in March. It's the same style as the one in the picture above.

I've also really loved the idea of having a chair and ottoman in a home office space, and if the kids ever go back to school full-time in the fall, it will be nice for me to sit there and get work done while the kids are at school. Wishful thinking yes, but if I manifest it, it will happen right? 

Decor Ideas for a Modern Home Office Space:
The rest of the pieces in this space are mostly aesthetic. We already have a fiddle leaf fig plant, so it's new home when we move will be down in this office. I found this new plant stand for it at Walmart for only $30, and I love the look of it with the wooden base and ceramic pot together. 

The set of three mountain prints I found on Esty as a digital download for only $7. I'll get them printed at our local Staples or Fedex and then find some inexpensive frames at Target or Ikea and the space will be complete. I'm sure there are little odds and ends and decor that we'll either shop from existing things we already have, or pick-up at Home Goods or Ross when we get to the finishing touches phase, but for now, this is what we're going with. 

Renovation  Plans For the Home Office:
There aren't too many things to change in this space. We are planning on painting the walls a dark navy color (Naval by Sherwin Williams), and then possibly replacing the baseboards to have them match the upstairs of the home. The office does have carpeting that we may take out and replace with a laminate wood look flooring, but that will depend on budget and things when we get to that point. We don't want to do anything too permanent that we might want to change later in this space because we hope that Derek will eventually go back to work some day, and then this space can be another guest bedroom or something else if we get to a point where we don't need it as an office space.

I can't wait to get into our new home and share these spaces with you! Follow along on instagram @thehappyflammily to see all of this come to life in real time!