Ask Estee: Easy Bathroom Cabinet Updates

 _promo Q. What are some easy ways to update bathroom cabinetry? Cabinetry, in both kitchens and bathrooms, is a highly noticeable element that can ensure your space feels dated. The wrong stain or hardware on your cabinets can make or break your design aesthetic, no matter how much effort you put into paint or accessories. This, however, is a relatively easy thing to fix if you have a flare for DIY projects, some elbow grease, and a bit of patience.

Get Your Brushes Ready: Refinishing or repainting your bathroom cabinets can completely change the dynamic of the room and give it an instant facelift.  Remove the cabinet doors and drawers and sand down the face and edges of the drawer or door fronts to ready them for priming. Once you've selected your new paint or stain, use at least two coats of your new color to ensure a saturated finish. A soft gray is a classic and soothing color choice for a master bath, or try a more vibrant hue or a gloss finish for smaller vanities, such as in a powder room.

Get a New Handle on Things: Once your new door fronts are complete, try swapping out dated hardware for  more contemporary options with a quick trip to your local hardware store or visiting a site like Restoration Hardware, you'll find your options are endless. A classic brass knob is a nice update to pair with newly stained cabinets, or opt for a little glamour with a polished nickel ring pull.

Before you know it, you'll be enjoying what feels like a whole new bathroom!  


Photograph: Justin Coit