Paint your bathroom cabinet for a CHEAP and easy DIY! $100 room challenge, week 3!

The power of paint is a REAL thing, and I am proving that this week with my $100 room challenge progress! I am LOVING my cabinets now that I have painted them black. And honestly, that’s the only big change that has happened in here this week.

Be sure to check out Week One and Week Two here to see all the before pictures and the other things I have done.

Here are the cabinets before!

bathroom cabinets before paint

I decided to use my go to, Blackberry House Paint, for this project. The color is called Cast iron skillet, which is a great shade of black.

I didn’t take a ton of pictures during the process because I was sharing the whole thing to Instastories since several people had asked for that. BUT…

I will also break down the process for you right here…

Step One- Clean your cabinets with a good degreaser. Make sure you get any dirt and residue off, the wipe the degreaser off with a clean cloth/damp rag. I used Mean Green Degreaser for this project, which you can find here.

Step Two- Paint! (This is for the paint I used, which is similar to a chalk type paint that doesn’t have to be sanded or primed first) Mine took 2 coats. I used the Zibra 2 in paint brush. I love their brushes because they don’t leave brush strokes or leave too many bristles behind. A good paint brush is KEY! You can find what I used here!Β 

Step Three- Once it is dry, you will want to seal it. I like to use polycrylic because it doesn’t yellow over time. I applied one coat, let it dry a few hours and then applied another one. Here is the matte poly I used (Because I didn’t want it super shiny)Β Matte Polycrylic

That was it! Easy and paint really does make such an impact!

Here is a close up once the cabinet had the black paint and was ready for poly!

paint bathroom cabinet black for easy and cheap diy

And here are some more pictures once it had poly and the hardware was back on. I would love to change out the hardware, but I don’t think it will be in my budget for this $100 room challenge. So, that may be something I do later down the road!

paint your bathroom cabinets for an easy and cheap diy project and bathroom remodel

The other thing I did this week was get some PRACTICE in with my stencil. I did this on cardboard for a few reasons. 1) Just to practice using the stencil itself. Which I’m glad I did, because I’m already learning so much. 2) To see if I wanted a black background with white stencil or vise versa (again, so glad I did this). 3) To try and reduce my anxiety I have over doing these floors. It didn’t work. haha! Still pretty nervous!

Here are the 2 choices!Β 100 room challenge paint floors with stencil my choices paint floors and stencil choices

I thought I knew what I wanted going into it, but totally changed my mind once I did this! Another reason I’m glad I practiced. Here are the 2 choices side by side on the bathroom floor. Which one would be your pick?!

1 is on the left and 2 is on the right

paint tile floor, these are the stencil choices

Here is a breakdown of where I stand on budget for this challenge. I’m very lucky that all of my paint and supplies are stuff that I had on hand. Because I paint so much, I ALWAYS have brushes, poly, paint, etc. This was a cost saver for me for the challenge…but even if I had to add those costs in, it would be SO much cheaper than replacing the cabinet or tile floor. So, paint is always going to be a cheaper option!

Curtains (used for shower curtain) TJ Maxx $21.85

Stencil – Royal Design Studios Toledo Tile– $26.70

DΓ©cor items- $30

Total- $78.55

Room to spare for a few more little things!

Until next time…

~ Stacey

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Be sure to check out all these other awesome makeovers! I’m SO impressed with what everyone is doing for just $100!!!


  1. Elizabeth Jones

    It’s coming together! Can’t wait to see which floor color you pick!

    • Stacey Collins

      Thank you so much!

  2. Emily

    Great job on painting the cabinet! Did you have to remove the doors at all? I love tile #2.

    • Stacey Collins

      I actually didn’t remove them and just worked around them. Only because it’s my own house and I was ok with cutting a few corners πŸ˜‰

  3. Emy

    Your cabinet looks fantastic! When stenciling, use way less paint than you think. And if you make mistakes, they will read as perfect when you’re standing up and the pattern is complete. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see the finished floor. I like option 2 better, but option 1 will look cleaner (less white to get dirty.) πŸ˜‰

    • Stacey Collins

      Thanks! They definitely look better from a distance and standing up. Haha! I’m probably the only one who will notice the up close little mistakes πŸ™‚

  4. Molly | Awfully Big Adventure

    #2 gets my vote! But either way, this room is going to be gorgeous and you are getting so much out of your budget! Awesome!

    • Stacey Collins

      Thank you!! #2 is what I went with πŸ™‚

  5. Wendy Duffy

    I think black paint heals a multitude of sins. I painted my dining chairs black and they changed the whole look of the room! The cabinet looks great and I love both tile ideas.

    • Stacey Collins

      Thank you! Black is classic and timeless for sure!

  6. Tracy

    I vote option 2! The cabinet looks so good black!!!

    • Stacey Collins

      Yes! That’s what I did πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  7. Melissa

    That vanity is stunning now! I love the black so much! And I’d have to vote for stencil #2 but either will be fabulous. Your bathroom is looking so good!

    • Stacey Collins

      That’s the one I went with! Thank you so much!!

  8. Kim

    Oooo.. This is going to be BEAUTIFUL! I’d go with the black on white background! I’m so excited for you – you may never come out of the bathroom! lol

    • Stacey Collins

      Haha! I will definitely love this space more! And that’s what I went with πŸ™‚

  9. Meredith @ The Palette Muse

    That’s a great idea to practice first! I vote #2. And I love your black cabinet!

    • Stacey Collins

      I went with 2! So excited! Thanks!

  10. Erin- Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

    So, I totally thought I liked the first one better, until I saw it on your bathroom floor! My “official” vote is for 2 πŸ™‚ I would LOVE to do this floor treatment sometime, and I’m a bit terrified myself, but it looks like your practicing is going to pay off and be gorgeous! Also… lovin’ the black cabinet!

    • Stacey Collins

      I went with 2 and I’m so glad I did! Loving it!! And yes, so glad I practiced!!

  11. Kristen

    I like tile 2! so pretty! cant wait to see it finished!

  12. Maria - House by the Preserve

    The cabinet looks great and I’m so excited to see what you chose for the floor!


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