Painting a Laminate Shoe Cabinet for Small Space Storage

It’s been a few months since we renovated the 1st floor bathroom. When I shared the reveal on Instagram One of the main questions I received once it was complete was what do we do about storage since we have a console style sink?  And while it wasn’t super obvious, (probably because I didn’t share this side of the bathroom too much) I used an shoe cabinet that I picked up at our local  Restore. It works perfectly because it’s narrow enough and stored just the right amount of items (mostly my daughter and I’s cosmetics).  It is perfect for small spaces, but one thing that wasn’t perfect, was the finish.  It had an espresso finish which wasn’t terrible, but I definitely preferred for it to blend in with the wall color.  I really wanted it to almost disappear so it didn’t visually take up space in this small bathroom. 

*This post is sponsored by Purdy. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.


So I decided to update the shoe cabinet using some of my favorite Purdy Paint tools.

People are often concerned about painting laminate furniture and it’s not really much different than painting wood furniture—I think the key is doing the proper prep work! Today I’m going to show you how I painted my shoe cabinet to be used as bathroom storage.

What you’ll need:

Step 1) Sand Lightly:

Remove all of the drawers and prep your piece by wiping it down and then lightly sanding it. After sanding, wipe it down again to remove the dust.

Step 2) Apply primer

I applied one coat of Valspar Stainblocking Bonding Primer using my Purdy Revolution Jumbo Mini Roller Frame and White Dove Roller Cover. It works wonderfully for creating a nice smooth lint-free finish.



Don’t hesitate to use your favorite Purdy paint brush to get into the corners.

Step 3) Paint

I chose Valspar Signature Paint + Primer in Satin. I had the paint color matched to the paint I used in my bathroom.  I alternated between my Purdy White Dove Jumbo Mini Roller Cover / Purdy Revolution Jumbo Mini Roller frame and my Purdy XL Cub brush to apply the paint to the body of the cabinet. The roller distributes paint evenly creating an ultra smooth finish, it’s super  durable and provides smooth rolling. Its lightweight design and comfort grip handle help to reduce arm fatigue. Designed for hard-to-reach areas and small spaces, the Jumbo Mini Roller Frame is available in 12″ and 22″ lengths.

I rolled on the paint lightly without too much pressure, so as not to leave marks.  It’s really hard to resist the urge to paint over the wet paint when painting furniture.  Even if there are some *slight* bubbles but they settle nicely if left alone. 

I then used my Purdy XL Cub brush again to get into the corners for the paint as well. I first used this brush when I stained the steps to my patio and I fell in love with it.

This brush has medium stiff bristles made from Nylon and Polyester.  It’s easy to handle and maneuver because it has a short handle.  It’s also super versatile–it can be used with all paints and stains.  

I applied the first coat and let it dry for an hour (according to the paint’s instructions).  I then gave it another coat to ensure a durable finish.  I let the paint cure for 24 hours before putting the hardware back on.  I used the hardware that came with the piece for now, but I’m on the hunt for something a little more fancy.

Eeeek! I’m so happy with how it turned out.  It looks amazing and the finish is so smooth.  I’m also contemplating adding a small decorative trim around the drawers later, but if I do I’ll be sure to document it and share with you all.


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