Painting Laminate Cabinets?

October 10, 2007

Man painting cabinets.I would like to paint my laminate cabinets. They are a beige/yellow color and I don't mind having a textured look and a little darker. Any suggestions?


Lynn from Orlando, FL


By Shishi (Guest Post)
October 12, 20070 found this helpful

First degloss the surfaces. "Paso" is the best I have found, but if it is not available in your area, ask your paint store about a good deglosser. You may want to sand lightly with a very fine sandpaper after using the deglosser. Prime with color matched primer for best coverage. You have to ask for this at the paint store.
Textured paint is available, but I wonder how it might affect cleaning, especially in the kitchen. I would choose a semi-gloss, which may be available in a pearl finish (I use Benjamin Moore).
If you feel creative, try one of the faux finish techniques, which can give a textured look without the soil-collecting nooks and crannies.

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October 12, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks! I will try that.

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April 20, 20090 found this helpful

Look up "refinishing laminate cupboards" I did mine and they turned out great.

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January 7, 2012

Can I paint laminate cabinets? I live in a 1970s townhouse and would love to redo the laminate cabinets. I can't afford to replace them.

Thanks for any help!

By Janet H.


January 9, 20120 found this helpful

I painted my cabinets that were pressed wood with a layer of that fake cherry on top. We sanded real good and used Gator Gripper to give it some "grab". I would also advise you use a high quality paint. I used Sherwin Williams proclassic acrylic semigloss enamel.


I have a 36 handle kitchen and only used half a gallon. It's a thick, almost vinyly paint. Very pleased with it. Roll with a small foam roller. That paint I mentioned is expensive and worth every penny. It still looks the same ten months later. No peel or problems.

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January 9, 20120 found this helpful

Yes, and you don't necessarily need to sand them much. Use some 220 grit sandpaper (and a power sander if you have one, it's much faster) to sand them just until there is no sheen. Then prime them with a good primer. I like Kilz "premium" or the Pittsburgh Paint equivalent for primer and I'm also a huge fan of Sherwin Williams paints.


Oh, and when I did my cabinets, I had a lot of trouble with those white foam rollers - they just pushed the paint around and I hated them so I ended up using a low nape roller and they came out great. Good luck!

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