Ben from Tolleson, AZ
One thing you may consider other than painting is to replace the doors. You could buy just the cabinet doors in any style you choose, take off the old doors and put up the new doors. This would be less expensive than replacing the entire cabinet. (11/15/2008)
I was told you could paint laminate cabinets. First you need to get a wire Brillo or some type of harsh scraper and scratch them up so that the paint will stick. Coat with Kilz and then when it dries, paint. Now that is what the paint man at Lowe's told me. You could paint your cabinets and then get new doors. (11/15/2008)
I've also seen posts about covering the doors with a wood-like veneer. I'll see if I can find the posts, but otherwise, you could google it and find some good advice. Need flat doors, though, for it to work. (11/15/2008)
There are several things that you can do. If you decide to go the painting route, get Zinsser B-I-N primer. This stuff sticks to anything. I even used it as a primer to cover the horrendous 1950s pink tile in my bathroom followed up by a high-gloss white. I also used it to prime my tile backsplash, which I then painted with a copper metallic paint.
When I redid my kitchen I just replaced the doors and then used a woodgrain contact paper (yep, contact paper) for the boxes themselves. I cannot see any reason why you could not do it for the doors as well. The "bonus" of the contact paper is that if you decide you don't like it or want a change, just peel it off and do something else. It's fairly cheap, too.
Get good measurements of your doors and then check places like Craig's List or Freecycle for people that are remodeling, just because they do not like it does not mean you won't. (11/17/2008)
I think painting the laminate black would look awesome. It would have a warm cozy feeling and add a lot of depth to the other colors in your kitchen. (11/17/2008)
You can wall paper the cabinet faces and re-stain the trims. Be sure to clean the surface first very well and remove any wax build up. I've done this in a cottage and it looks great, but don't get any kind of flocked paper. (11/17/2008)
Here's something cheap and really creative.
Find wallpaper samples you like. I find them about 3 inches by 4 inches and sometimes you can find out of date books that have samples in them. You can also find wallpaper border rolls at the Dollar Tree.
If there is a theme or pattern you like, such as butterflies, coffee urns, wine labels, fruit, apples in a basket, etc. look for that.
You can either do a border along the top or cut out the images that interest you (might want to keep them small) and randomly put them on on the doors and drawer fronts. I know that style. I am a property manager and have had it in a lot of apartments. There is an indentation on the bottom so you don't need handles.
If you choose to keep this that way, you may want to protect the wood. Eventually, the oil from your hands will discolor it. Another idea is more tactile. You can cool glue on corks, broken china, wine or fruit/veggie labels, and more. Good luck. (11/17/2008)
I am in the middle of this very project right now. I primed the cabinet boxes last night.
The steps that I found were:
The looks now. (12/23/2008)
This is a little late, but for anyone else. I found a great product called Cabinet Rescue. It does all the work for you and bonds to laminate. It's a about 25$ a gallon which covers 10 linear feet of cabinets. It can also be tinted. (01/04/2009)
Thanks. One more question. Did you apply the paint with a brush or did you use some type of sprayer. And if you did use a brush did it leave any streak marks? (04/14/2009)
Actually I used a brush. It may have a few marks, but overall we're very happy with them. I did paint them on a flat surface. (04/14/2009)
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