When you’re looking to paint your bathroom cabinets, you may perhaps stumble if you are not familiar with the process of bathroom cabinet painting — and it can really have a negative impact on your painting project in terms of the cost and how long it takes. However, if you prepare yourself in advance with a little education, you can find that these mistakes can be avoided and thus your project can go on, leading you to well-painted bathroom cabinets.
Let’s now look at and consider seven easy mistakes to avoid painting your bathroom cabinets in Austin, TX in 2024.
1. Not Cleaning Beforehand
One thing that people mistakenly do when they’re painting their bathroom cabinets is that they will not clean properly, or they might not even clean at all. Though the former is certainly not advisable, the latter is even worse as it can possibly set you up to have bathroom cabinets that are disastrous and generally will look like dirty cabinets with paint on them. The best thing that you can do in this case is to fully clean the cabinets, ensure that they have dried, and then you can commence with the painting project.
2. Using The Wrong Kind Of Paint
Though you might think that you could use just about any sort of interior paint to paint your bathroom cabinets, to do so would certainly be a mistake. The reason that this is the case is that your bathroom is quite a moist place, as it were (sorry if that word puts you off but it is quite accurate) and as such is a good place for mold and mildew to grow. When you are painting your bathroom cabinets, you’re going to want to look for paint that is resistant to mold and mildew — by doing this, you will help ward off this kind of growth.
3. Not Searching For Mold
In preparing to paint your bathroom cabinets, it’s a good idea to fully search the area for both mold and mildew. This is considered a good idea because by doing so, you’re going to be able to find any traces of mold that may be there, which have to be entirely eliminated so that you won’t have an issue with it later on.
4. Not Color Comparing
Though you have quite a few colors available to you when you’re painting the bathroom cabinets, it’s a good idea to compare the colors that you will be thinking of using next to other things in the room. As much as possible it’s better to use actual paint to make these comparisons in the bathroom rather than paint swatches in the store — there it’s more theoretical whereas in your home it is more real and practical.
5. Not Ventilating
Any paint, even those that have low or no VOCs, is going to have some kind of smell while you are painting and it’s important to open a couple of windows open if possible as well as doors. The purpose of doing this is to allow airflow through the bathroom area and so you will have more fresh air in the bathroom while you are painting.
6. Not Protecting The Floor
You can be the most careful interior painter in the world and you can be guaranteed to drip paint during the painting process. You’re much better off putting down a protective drop cloth on the floor so that anything that drips will fall upon the drop cloth rather than the floor itself.
7. Leaving On The Doors And Drawers
Lastly, a huge mistake that people make when they’re painting bathroom cabinets is to leave the doors and drawers on during the painting process. Though this would seem to be not much of an issue, it actually can be quite an impediment while you are painting and cause you to get in your own way — better to remove them and paint them separately before re-attaching them.