Painted bathroom cabinets before and after featuring white, modern bath and black cabinets
credit: The Posh Home

If your bathroom is in desperate need of an update, there are plenty of things that you can do. You could install new floor tile. Or replace the countertop. Or completely start from scratch.

If you prefer something a little faster that'll have instant visual impact and completely change up your space, may we suggest painting the bathroom cabinets? As with any painting project, you'll need the standard supplies — things like drop cloths, painter's tape, gloves, sponges, buckets, paint trays, brushes, and rollers. And you'll also need to prep your cabinets. This includes protecting the surrounding area from paint and sawdust with plastic and drop cloths, cleaning and sanding the cabinets, and applying primer. Plan to apply at least two coats of paint to your cabinets, preferably something durable like a water-based latex option.

Now that you are equipped with the basics, here are seven painted bathroom cabinet before and afters to inspire your own colorful makeover.

1. From Light to Dark

When interior stylist and lifestyle journalist Bethany Campbell of The Posh Home first moved into her abode, the master bathroom clearly required some attention. Between the not-so-pretty-in-pink and gray countertops, broken cabinet doors, and unfortunate floor tile, she knew she wanted to update it in a big way. The result is what she calls a "modern, relaxing retreat" made complete with on-trend black painted cabinets.

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Painted bathroom cabinets before and after featuring light wood cabinets and beige floor tile
credit: The Posh Home

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Painted bathroom cabinets before and after featuring white, modern bath and black cabinets
credit: The Posh Home

2. From Dreary to Fresh

Blogger Julie Blanner achieved a stunning transformation with her painted bathroom cabinets. Originally dark and closed-in, she managed to make the space look jubilant and bright — even without windows! We love her fresh take on nautical style with powder blue cabinets and a rattan mirror.

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Painted bathroom cabinets before and after featuring dark accents and white floor tile
credit: Julie Blanner

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Painted bathroom cabinets before and after featuring nautical decor and blue cabinets
credit: Julie Blanner

3. From Heavy to Airy

Certainly not a stranger to DIY projects, blogger Kris Jarrett of Driven by Decor knew what she was doing when she decided to paint her daughters' vanity, something that she says was on her "to-do list for years." She said goodbye to way-too-dark cabinets by freshening them up with some white paint.

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4. From Basic to True Blue

For this painted bathroom cabinet before and after, blogger and woodworker Angela Marie of Angela Marie Made kept things effortless and visually-pleasing. Her previously-white vanity was perfectly fine, but she kicked it up a (slight) notch by coating it in soft, classic blue paint. Although it wasn't a drastic change, it was just enough to make over her bath.

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5. From Dated to Delightful

Sisters Holly and Nat of My Sister's Suitcase love to take on DIY projects together, and this painted bathroom cabinet before and after is no exception. After moving into her home, Nat got to work on the updates she wanted to make, and the guest bathroom was always on her list. Now completed, she painted the original wood cabinets a gorgeous shade of blue that stands out beautifully.

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6. From Old-School to Modern

When she was pregnant, blogger Arin Solange of Arin Solange at Home was on a "nesting" mission to remodel her upstairs bathroom, and she succeeded. Inspired by a plant wall she saw on Pinterest, she further updated her space by painting the cabinets a brilliant shade of blue.

Get the look: Behr Layers of Ocean

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7. From Blah to Oh-So-Cool

Kristin Smith shared this painted cabinet before and after with the BB Frösch blog, spotlighting how she transformed her daughter's bathroom. Using Benjamin Moore's "Hale Navy" and BB Frösch's chalk paint powder, she made her daughter's bathroom look simultaneously vintage and current.

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Painted bathroom cabinets before and after featuring dark wood cabinets
credit: BB Frösch

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Painted bathroom cabinets before and after featuring navy cabinets and farmhouse decor
credit: BB Frösch

Shelby Deering

Shelby Deering

Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.