To paint over ANY surface, without sanding, use a product called ESP Easy Surface Prep, available at hardware and paint shops. Wipe on, wipe off and paint in 90 minutes. Works well over enamel paint , without having to sand. SAVES HOURS of work. It was recommended to me by a professional painter.
We can't go built into the wall on the lower cabinets b/c of the waste vent and we would need to slightly extend the wall by the shower to make this fit in the master bath. Maybe too cramped, probably too expensive.
You know what's awesome? I actually have a perfect little room just to the left of the front door to make into a mudroom with little storage cubbies just like this! Not that we get mud here in Las Vegas, but it's so awesome to have a place to put your shoes, backpacks and jackets.
The Creek Line House: 10+ Inspiring and Inventive Mudroom Ideas