How to Paint Laminate Cabinets

How to Paint Laminate Cabinets

Diving into a cabinet makeover can transform your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room dramatically. Laminate cabinets, often found in homes from the 80s and 90s, offer durability and affordability yet might lack the aesthetic appeal of modern designs. Painting these sturdy staples without a complete overhaul is a cost-effective and satisfying solution if you want to refresh them. With a little know-how and the right supplies from Kucker Haney Paint Co., your laminate cabinets can become the centerpiece of your newly revitalized space. Continue reading to learn the best way how to paint laminate cabinets.

Before You Begin: Painting laminate is trickier than wood due to its non-porous, glossy surface, which can repel paint rather than welcome it. However, proper sanding and priming can create a receptive base for your chosen hue, ensuring a durable and beautiful finish. Remember, safety first! Don protective gear like gloves, glasses, and a dust mask to keep yourself safe.

What You’ll Need:

  • Bucket and clean rag
  • TSP (trisodium phosphate) cleaner
  • Medium-grit sandpaper or sanding sponge
  • Bonding primer
  • Oil- or latex-based paint (Benjamin Moore offers excellent options)
  • Paintbrush and mini paint roller
  • Screwdriver, drop cloth, caulk, and wood filler
  • Putty knife and paint tray
  • Protective gear, including gloves and a dust mask

How to Paint Laminate Cabinets:

Prepare the Area: Start by laying down a drop cloth and securing the edges with painter’s tape to protect your countertops and floors. Safety gear is necessary, so suit up before moving on to the next steps.

Clean Cabinets: Mix TSP cleaner with warm water and thoroughly wipe down the cabinets to remove any grease or grime. Allow them to dry completely for a pristine painting surface.

Remove and Label Hardware: Remove all doors and drawers, removing any hardware. Keep everything organized by labeling each piece’s placement with tape and a marker.

Repair Damage: Inspect for any imperfections and fill them with wood filler. Once dry, smooth out with sandpaper for an even surface.

Sand Cabinet Surfaces: Gently sand the laminate to dull the gloss, improving paint adhesion. Be careful not to damage the surface.

Prime for Success: Apply a bonding primer to form a solid base for the paint. Benjamin Moore’s primers are ideal for ensuring a smooth, lasting finish.

Paint with Precision: Test your paint on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure good adhesion. Once satisfied, apply your chosen Benjamin Moore paint with a brush or roller to avoid drips. Let dry completely, applying additional coats if necessary.

Reassemble with Care: After the paint has dried, reattach all hardware and reassemble your cabinets, standing back to admire your handiwork.

Painting laminate cabinets can breathe new life into your space, offering a fresh look without the cost of a full renovation. With Benjamin Moore paints and the comprehensive selection of supplies at Kucker Haney Paint Co, you’re well-equipped to tackle this rewarding project. Dive in and transform your laminate cabinets into a stylish statement that reflects your personal taste and elevates your home’s aesthetic.