Ideas for Painting Bathroom Cabinets

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Ideas for Painting Bathroom Cabinets
White is a clean, classic colour for bathroom cabinets. (kitchen doors image by willem169 from

A few coats of paint can rejuvenate worn bathroom cabinets, whether you're painting over old layers of paint or covering up an outdated wood pattern. Lighter colours will help a smaller bathroom feel larger, while darker colours will give any size bathroom a more formal look. Choose a paint colour for your bathroom cabinets that not only complements the wall colour but also works with colours in your countertop and flooring.

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White is a classic colour choice for bathroom cabinets, giving the room a clean, old-fashioned feel. White cabinets will complement nearly any other colour, and will contrast dramatically with a dark granite countertop. For a more casual look that is reminiscent of a beach cabin, paint the bathroom cabinets white and the walls a pale blue or green. Accent with ocean-themed accessories, like colourful framed fish prints and bowls of pale pink seashells.

Antique Look

Give your freshly painted white or beige bathroom cabinets a unique finish by antiquing and glazing them. Mix three parts glaze to one part black or brown paint and paint along the edges of crevices, leaving a thin line. Generously apply glaze to the entire surface with a paintbrush and wipe off the excess with a rag. Add to the old-fashioned charm of your antiqued cabinets by installing crystal hardware.


Take a cue from country kitchens and paint your bathroom cabinets a mossy green. Pair green cabinets with a brown countertop. Because green and brown appear together in nature so often, the two colours are very complementary decorating elements. Finish your green cabinets with white or black porcelain hardware for a timeless look or shiny silver hardware for a more modern feel.

Red and Black

Whether you want Asian-themed bathroom decor or are just looking for a dramatic look, red and black is a bold colour combination. Paint bathroom cabinets a glossy, dark red and add contrast with black granite countertops and a dark tile floor. You can also paint the cabinet boxes red and the doors black, or vice versa, for even more contrast.

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