• Hometalker
  • Chatham, MA
Asked on Oct 24, 2017

What can I do to make my awful melamine cabinets look less awful?

Jodie WoodsBre24502000Ebbjdl


(I have very little money)
q what can i do to make my awful melamine cabinets look less awful
17 answers
  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown
    on Oct 24, 2017

    You can update them with paint, or change them up completely with some trim and paint..,different hardware makes a huge difference too! Btw paint the wood trim toi!
  • Kay27246977
    on Oct 24, 2017

    you can paint them or stain them or put decals on them or switch out the doors....
    • AndradeTea
      on Oct 27, 2017

      Fantastic makeover! Awesome actual completed photos of cabinets just like the hometalker is referring to. Looks fresh and updated. LOVE the bold black and white stripes on the floor, too.
  • Kim Humber
    on Oct 25, 2017

    Painting melamine cabinets requires primer and make sure your paint says for melamine on the label. It is harder to find now with low voc regulations but is still out there. Prep is the key.
  • Jewellmartin
    on Oct 25, 2017

    If you have ever wanted to use Contact adhesive paper on doors, these doors are perfect — smooth, long expanses. Measure first, then buy enough for the whole job at once to be sure you get matching colors or patterns. 😇💞
  • MaryElias Lopez
    on Oct 25, 2017

    Pretty hardware would help too.
  • Maureen McAteer Vasily
    on Oct 25, 2017

    After degreasing and thoroughly drying w/soft jersey material, you can paint with Anne Sloane chalk paint. Go to Anne's site for directions on using chalk paint.... it will show you how to proceed.
    Putting "Chalk Paint Recipe" into your browser should give you recipes to make your own chalk paint.
    Oh, and take lots of before and after pictures. Good luck! What a wonderful adventure!
  • Pat21977374
    on Oct 25, 2017

    they can be painted! I did the ones that were in my laundry room and they look great. I used Behr alkyd paint.
  • Pam Scott
    on Oct 25, 2017

    Paint the wood trim in high gloss paint that matches the laminate and add modern-look hardware.
    • Bonnie Woolever
      on Oct 27, 2017

      I agree completely!! I did that in a rental house that had the same cabinets and it made a world of difference.
  • Lisa Carr
    on Oct 25, 2017

    Cover with simple wallpaper

  • Carla
    on Oct 26, 2017

    if you do decide to paint spruce them up with decals as well!! Adds a decorative touch. I did with kitchen and laundry room...
  • Flipturn
    on Oct 26, 2017

    Mac tac style, or wallpaper is not recommended on kitchen doors that do not have any handles or knobs. Just with normal use, it will soon begin to peel away from the edges, and will be very hard to re-attach without upsetting the original seal. Any area on the doors that wears out unevenly, gets tiny hairline cracks or rips will invite dirt, moisture, and bacterium to enter and continue growing.
  • Pearl
    on Oct 26, 2017

    you can get customized vinyl stickers printed and stick them on all doors for a very cheap and elegant upgrade. I am gonna do that to a 4 dour wall cabinet in my kids' room.
  • Tami Dean
    on Oct 27, 2017

    They sell sheets of bead board at home depot. Cut to size, and use rubber cement to glue them on, (or ask home depot what kind of glue to use.) Then you can paint to the color you prefer. It looks amazing! Good luck.:-)
  • Ebbjdl
    on Oct 27, 2017

    Contact paper would look nice. After it's up, spray a rag with furniture polish, this will keep the grease and grime off the paper. Repeat with polish after you clean them . Mild soap and water is all you need.
  • Bre24502000
    on Oct 27, 2017

    Wood strips from a hardware store. They come in different widths, and depths. You could just varnish, stain and varnish, or paint. Go into thrift shops if hardware shops are expensive for handles. My kitchen doors came without handles so I put in brass ones from the old kitchen doors I had before. makes the kitchen units look more expensive. I also thought outside the square and used brass used to edge carpet between tiled areas to edge rim around bench top, and then again rim around units meeting the floor more class.

  • Jodie Woods
    on Oct 28, 2017

    If you like the farmhouse/rustic style, you could build some new doors and drawer faces. You could use pallets and often you can get them for free. Just be sure there isn't any toxic chemical residue on them. If you have a Re-Store nearby you can purchase paint and building materials very inexpensively. You can find knobs and pulls on clearance at almost any hardware or home improvement store. They may not all match but a can or two of paint in a contrasting color would make them blend together nicely and add to the charm. I sure hope this helps! 😉
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