Our finished kitchen:
So when I decided to redo our master bathroom, it was a much smaller project. I had seven doors to paint, so this was a weekend task (not the whole summer!).
There was nothing wrong with the cabinets, I just wanted a different color.
I used the Rust-oleum kit from Home Depot:
We also bought drop cloths, sponge brushes, and paint brushes. I actually used the Federal Gray color. There are two kits available: a dark kit and a light kit. Home Depot has the small kits (perfect for bathrooms and smaller projects) while Lowe's also sells a larger version of the same brand. I ended up buying two of the small kits to do my entire kitchen last summer because I didn't know the larger kit existed.
Step 1 is taping the walls. We painted our master bathroom blue last summer and I don't want to repaint, so making sure I'd have clean lines was crucial.
I also lined the inside of the cabinets after I removed the doors. I was too lazy to take everything out of the cabinets, so don't judge!
I took the doors out to the garage where I put them on a (beer pong) table. I used a drop cloth to make sure I didn't get paint all over the garage floor.
One of my favorite parts about this kit is that I didn't have to sand the space before painting. The first step was using the cleaner and sponge to clean and dry the cabinets.
Next comes painting with the base coat:
It obviously looks much better after the second coat:
Next comes the staining portion. This is optional. Since my doors were more purple than I expected, I chose to use the stain to darken them up. As a helpful hint, be sure you've got two pairs of gloves because you definitely need to wear gloves for this part! You pour the black glaze on and wipe it off a few minutes later with white gauze. Be sure to pay attention to which way the cabinet doors will be reassembled because you want all the doors to be the same. I chose to go both horizontally and vertically when wiping off the glaze, making a criss cross like pattern.
You can add a second coat of glaze and restain if you want them darker. I ended up doing two coats of stain since the smaller doors came out lighter than the larger doors, since the larger doors took longer to stain.
After waiting eight hours (less if you're in a super hot environment), it's time for the final step!
Using the fourth step, the protective coat, you will put the white sealant on all the painted surfaces. I used a foam sponge brush to wipe off the extra white goop (as shown below). If you don't wipe it up, it will dry that way and I know I don't want white goop on my doors!
Let them dry, seal the back side of all doors, and you are ready to reassemble!
Here is my finished project:
(And I didn't even ruin my nails!)