DIY-Mud Room Cabinetry


We purchased our farmhouse it had these oak cabinets throughout the house that were simply overlooked because we were in love it.

As we walked into this home we walked in through the front door. Smart tactic by the real estate agent because we were able to see the entire first floor to see how beautiful it was. The laundry room is a very tight space that leads to the garage and back deck.

The problem?

We don’t use the front door as our primary entry. Once the car is parked I open the garage door and walk through this mud room. After being the house a few months we knew the cabinets had to be changed out, but who has that kind of money? Our income was not enough to replace these cabinets, but to restore them.


How can I restore these cabinets?

First thing I thought about was the tools needed to restore or repaint cabinets. My husband is a handyman and had some paint supplies and other tools in our spare room upstairs. I rummaged through the junk left over from the previous owner and stumbled upon old paint cans along with sand paper and brushes.

I had an idea.

There was a pint-sized can of white exterior paint and it looked to be just enough for this job. As I gathered up all of my painting supplies I was so excited to start my first DIY project on our farmhouse.

Let’s get it going.

I, first, took off all of the fixtures and sanded down the fronts of each cabinet including the pieces in between. The parts that were a little difficult were the grooves along the cabinet faces. After a light sanding I wiped them down with a clean and wet washcloth and dried them off.

Time to get painting.

I painted with the grain and best I could. This is super important because if you just paint the way you want to you will end up with paint streaks and it will look like you did it yourself. This was not the look I was going for. I wanted my cabinets to look like they came straight from Lowe’s Home Improvement, but without the cost! 

That perfect look.

You have to be very slow and precise while painting cabinets because of dripping. You also have to watch the amount of paint on your brush to avoid it running down the cabinet. Once one coat is completely dry you can begin another coat based upon the look you are going for.

How many coats?

I was only able to put two coats in one day before letting it dry overnight. When I returned the next morning to see it in the daylight I noticed you could see the grain and I decided to add a third coat to the cabinets. Once the third coat dried I then and added the fixtures back on. The previous owners had nickel fixtures and I am hoping to eventually put on bronze or black fixtures by next summer.


It has been about 7 months and no scratches in sight. Soon, we will be painting the walls a light gray. Click here to see how the walls turned out!


Angled Brush- 2 inch

Sandpaper- 120

Exterior Paint-Color Place Exterior Semi-Gloss White 9500C (32oz)

Since my husband had two of the three materials and this paint was in the house it was a free DIY.

My name is Taylor and I am the writer of the blog Homestead Millennial. The blog posts are about homesteading and the millennial lifestyle.

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