Asked on Oct 10, 2017

How do I redo damaged presswood kitchen cabinets in a mobile home?

BijousDebby Dale27524803


I started painting black to hide the holes because I could not get filler to stay or smooth out. Really didnt like it so cabinet doors are still off. I’ve only painted bottem cabinets and stopped. I realize black is the worst color to cover so really need help

4 answers
  • FL
    on Oct 10, 2017

    Why not measure all the cabinet doors and find out if you can just replace the doors for a reasonable cost? if the size and depth of the new doors is the same, you should be able to use the same hardware.
  • 27524803
    on Oct 10, 2017

    New doors made from a birch plywood with a 1 in X 2 in frame around the edge would be relatively easy to make... then they can be stained or painted.
    Most pressed board cabinets have a slick or glossy veneer on them that needs to be sanded , primed and then painted to help them hold the paint without chipping
  • Debby Dale
    on Oct 10, 2017

    Using a sander sand down to a fairly smooth surface. Then use Bondo (normally used for car repairs) Spread it out, let it dry, then sand until smooth and paint. Darker colors and shiny surfaces will always show more defects than muted colors. I suggest using a paint made for countertop resurfacing like RustOleum for countertops. You can have it tinted to several shades and will give you a nice tough surface. Should cost around $20 for a small manufactured home kitchen.
    • Debby Dale
      on Oct 11, 2017

      Always remember to sand only in one direction (I mean in a straight line, back and forth). If you go in circles, you will cut into the wood and cause gouges.
  • Bijous
    on Oct 10, 2017

    You have pressed fiberboard cabinets. The paper deteriates after a time when wet. What I did was hand sand down the roughness towards the outside of the door. If It's the bottom of the cabinets sand towards the floor. Smooth the paper fibers down with a little water on your fingers and apply exterior sparkling making sure to keep the fibers laying down. Once dry, lightly sand and use a more forgiving color than black. How about grey? It's still in the black family, but is less harsh. Good luck.
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