Painted Hallway Cabinet Makeover

Check out how an old hallway cabinet goes from outdated to fresh and new with this step by step tutorial. Here’s our painted hallway cabinet makeover.

Get more furniture makeover ideas here!


hallway cabinet before - creamy white with gold painted details

Here’s what it looked like before.

We picked it up from our local thrift store.

It was really dirty and the top had some damage to the finish.

But I think it would be a great little piece for extra storage in a small hallway or a bathroom.

First, it needed a little update.

Learn more about our Painting Furniture: Tips and Ideas to help you get started.

Painted Hallway Cabinet Makeover

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. I also may earn from other qualifying purchases with other companies or get free product to review and use. All opinions are my own.

Supplies Used:

Prep for Paint

Remove Hardware

First things first, I put it up on my workbench and removed all of the hardware, including the door hinges.

unscrewing hinges from inside the cabinet
labeling hinges with sharpie marker

Hinges can be a mess to put back on, so I labeled them with a few details, including which one was on the top and which one went on the bottom, and which way they went on.

Then I put them in a container with the rest of the hardware.

To better help you, read our post on How to Prepare Furniture For Painting here.


Next, I scrubbed the whole thing down with some Krud Kutter to make sure there wasn’t anything on the surface to prevent the new paint job from sticking.

This thing was pretty gross and as the spray sat, I could see the spray turning brown from all of the gunk.

I cleaned it all a couple of times, including a rinse job at the end.

Click here to learn more about how to clean furniture before painting.

Scuff Sand

Then, when it was all dry, I scuff-sanded it all down with my favorite little sander.

Check out these Best Sanders for Furniture to help you work with ease.

The scuff sanding is just an extra step to make sure the paint sticks really well.

top of cabinet with damaged finish
scuff sanding with surfprep sander

Before I got this little power sander, I used to scuff sand by hand with 220-grit sandpaper instead.

Learn more about Sandpaper for Furniture Painting here.

But man I sand a lot of furniture so this little sander has been a game changer for me.

When scuff sanding, there is no need to actually sand down to bare wood.

You just want to remove any shine and dull the surface so the paint has a better chance at holding on.

Since the top had some damage, I sanded it down a little more, trying to sand those scratches out.

Learn more about the importance of sanding before painting furniture here!

Remove Dust

Then I vacuumed up all of the dust I created and wiped it all down with a tack cloth to remove any remaining dust.

These tack cloths really are amazing at picking up every little last speck of dust and are so much better than just a lint-free rag.

Prime to Block Bleed Through

Since I wanted to paint a light color, I wanted to make sure that I wouldn’t have any bleed through issues where the wood underneath stains through the paint.

So I busted out some BIN shellac-based primer and brushed and rolled it all over.

rolling BIN shellac based primer on the cabinet

Honestly, I completely regretted my decision to brush and roll the primer on.

I wish I would have taken it outside and sprayed it with the BIN shellac in a spray can instead.

Even though I used a nice roller, I still had a lot of texture from the roller, and it just took FOREVER to roll it on instead of spraying it on.

But if rolling on primer and paint is your only option, check out this post about the best roller for painting furniture to help you get the best possible results.

So, next time, it’s back to the spray version of the primer instead!

Click here to learn about the The Best Primer for Painting Furniture (and How to Choose the Right One).

After about an hour the primer was dry, so I sanded the primer down a bit with 220 grit sandpaper to remove the texture it created.

sanding the dried primer down smooth

Then I removed the dust with the vacuum and tack cloth.

And painted on another coat of primer and let it dry.

Caulking the Seams

With the white primer on, I noticed a few seams that were really showing up, so I filled them in with some paintable caulking.

This is totally optional and something I don’t do all the time.

But sealing up those dark seams makes the end product look so much better in the end.

I squeezed it on and then used my finger to push it into the seams, and then I used a damp rag to remove the excess caulking.

For other repairs, check out the Best Wood Fillers for Furniture here.

caulking the seams with paintable caulking

Caulking isn’t easy to sand down, so I really wanted to get it wiped off before it dried.


Paint Color

For the paint, I used a couple of paint colors that I had on hand.

I mixed Fusion Mineral Paint’s Peony and what I had left of Cathedral Taupe together to create a more muted pink.

It was probably about a 20 to 1 ratio. (If I had more Cathedral Taupe I would have put more of that in with the same amount of Peony.)

Putting the Paint in the Sprayer

I mixed them up in my paint sprayer’s container, making sure to filter the paint before it went into the container, so I didn’t get any debris that could clog the sprayer in there.

Then I mixed in some water to thin the paint out a bit.

With this sprayer, I don’t measure how much water to paint I use. With my cheap paint sprayer I definitely measure the water and paint to make sure the sprayer can spray it.

Fusion mineral paint seems to need to be thinner than other furniture or chalk paints that I use in my sprayer too.

Here are the Spray Paint Tools You Need When Painting Furniture that you need when spray painting.


Then I sprayed my cabinet with a few coats of the paint.

Learn the tips and tricks of painting furniture with a sprayer here.

spraying light pink paint on cabinet with paint sprayer

I let it dry for about 2 hours in between each coat, and I also sanded in between each coat to knock down some texture that was left behind.

**Brushing Instead of Spraying

You can also brush this paint on instead. Personally, I really like the Staalmeester Paint Brushes with Fusion Mineral Paint. It’s the best way to get a brush-free finish with their paint!

But if you don’t want to spend the money on their pricey paintbrush, I would recommend brushing it on with a Zibra Round Paint Brush.

The Zibra round paint brush gets into details, molding, and trim so much easier than a flat brush. And Zibra brushes are high quality at a very reasonable price!

Click here to read more about the best paint brush for painting furniture.


Fusion Mineral Paint is a very durable paint that dries in a matte finish and technically doesn’t require a topcoat.

Check out the Best All-in-One Paints for Furniture here.

But if you’ve been around here for any time, you might notice that I still topcoat paints like this, just for extra durability.

Check this post to learn more about topcoat for painting furniture.

I mean, if I’m going to go through all of this work, I’m going to do what I can to make the finish be as durable and long-lasting as possible.

So, after the last coat of paint was dry, I sprayed on 3 separate coats of my favorite clear, water-based poly.

I also sanded in between the coats of poly with 400 grit sandpaper to make sure the finish was silky smooth when I was done.

Get the Secrets!
Grab this super convenient Ebook with all of our secrets on how to repair furniture for only $5. You can print it out and have instant access whenever you come across damaged furniture, and know exactly how to fix it!
Click on the picture of the book to purchase!

ebook on how to repair furniture

Finishing Touches

The next day I put the cleaned-up hinges back on and a new knob.

But if you want to keep the old hardware, here’s How to Clean Old Furniture Hardware to bring back its shine.

Check out this video on YouTube for the whole makeover.

Here’s what it looked like before…

cabinet before

And here’s what it looks like now!

closeup of pink painted cabinet
sideview of pink painted cabinet
cabinet with door open
full view of pink painted cabinet

Goodbye old outdated finish, hello modern paint job!


before and after painted cabinet photos

Painted Hallway Cabinet Makeover

muted pink painted cabinet

This old hallway cabinet goes from outdated to fresh and new. Here are the steps for this painted hallway cabinet makeover.



  1. Prep your furniture for paint by cleaning and scuff sanding.
  2. Apply a few coats of primer to block bleed through.
  3. Mix the paint in the sprayer's container, making sure to filter it, and then thin it out a bit.
  4. Spray a few coats of paint onto the cabinet, letting it dry between coats.
  5. Topcoat with waterbased polyurethane.
  6. Put the cleaned-up hinges back on and attach new knob.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

More Pink Makeovers

Click here to subscribe

Follow us on YouTube to get more tips for painting furniture.

Or share your project with us on our Facebook Group and be part of our community. See you there!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *