How to Paint Laminate Cabinets

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You have laminate cabinets, welcome to the club!  Most homes have laminate cupboards because they are cheaper than real wood.  This shouldn’t stop you from having beautiful cabinets. Repaint them and give them the look you have been dreaming about.  With a little bit of time your kitchen will look like a whole new room!

kitchen cabinets repainted

Painting laminate requires that a few things are done correctly or you will run into problems with paint chipping, peeling and generally not adhering to the surface.  Please refer to my other articles about the general process of painting cabinets. (Links can be found below this article. )

1. Clean Thoroughly

Since laminate is basically plastic, sanding the surface of your cabinet doors is not an option, all it will do is scuff up the surface and make your surface bumpy.  It’s crucial to clean every crack and crevice of the cabinets thoroughly with Windex.  That will cut through any grease or oil and wipe away any dust that might keep the primer from adhering to the surface.

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2. Primer is CRUCIAL

I would recommend using Rust-Oleum Zinsser Spray primer 6 pack you can find this at your hardware store, however purchasing this 6 pack from Amazon will save you money if you are painting a large amount of cabinets, such as your entire kitchen.  Make sure that you spray far enough back that the paint won’t build up and start dripping. Drips are a real pain to clean up. If a drip starts, just let it dry and then peel and sand it flat. Then, you’ll need to lightly spray that area again. One coat of primer is fine. Make sure you have 100% coverage over all the areas that will be painted. Let the primer dry thoroughly before applying paint. I would give it at least half a day to dry.

3. Apply at Least 2 Coats of Paint

Now it is painting time!  Do the happy dance. You can use any paint you would like to paint your cabinets – chalk paint, latex, milk paint, anything. You can use a roller, brush or a sprayer.  Rollers are great because they are cheaper, and with floetrol and a smoothly textured roller, you can get a good looking finish.  But it takes FOREVER.  If your time is worth saving, consider investing in a paint sprayer.  This paint sprayer is a Graco- the best sparyer company out there.  It is light, and small enought for home projects but durable enough to paint walls, dressers, chairs, tables, you name it.  If  your see more painting projects in your future, buy one.  It will save you so much time, and give a more professional look.

When painting or spraying remember, thin coats chipless.  Give your cabinets 3 thin coats, it will be more durable than 2 thick coats. If you want to stay away from a shiny finish, consider using chalk paint.  Chalk paint gives a dull color with a soft finish.  Check out this article for more info: What to Know About Painting Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint

kitchen laminate cabinets painted
4. Apply a Clear Coat

I always recommend applying a clear, protective coat over the top of your paint job with cabinets. Kitchen cabinets take a lot of wear and tear and need to be cleaned often. I would recommend applying a polyurethane or a coat of wax.   I hope this article has helped you learn how painting laminate is not only achievable but simple.

Painting your cabinets can give your kitchen or bathroom a whole new look.  If you are looking to upgrade without the renovation price do it yourself and enjoy your new room!  Please refer to my other articles about painting cabinets for the general process of painting cabinets. Inspiring Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Ideas  6 Kitchen Cabinet Painting Tips &Tutorials and How is Painting Cabinets Different Than Painting Furniture?


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