Is it possible to tint laminate cabinets from lavender to gray? Then I would like to replace the purple counter tops for a more neutral color, as well. I can not afford to replace the cabinets.
By Lyn from Tampa, FL
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This is a very affordable project, but you need to have the time to devote to it. Here's a link that can help:
By Mike 11/27/2009
By tint, I assume you mean paint. Laminate cabinets are much like wood cabinets, they can be painted as long as you do all of the preparation work correctly.
Laminate is a very smooth surface that can attract grease, dirt and other contaminants that need to be removed before priming and painting. Make sure you use a good quality primer that will stick to surfaces such as laminate.
This article suggests the correct primer to use, how to clean the cabinets and how to paint them properly.
http://www.how2instructions.com/Hom ... g/How_To_Paint_Kitchen_Cabinets.html
I hope that helps.
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Ben from Tolleson, AZ
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)
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 I find them about 3 inches by 4 inches and sometimes you can find out of date books that have samples in them.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)
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