Asked on Jul 12, 2018

Can a person paint laminate cabinets?

WilliamCarol MarszalekBernice H


All of the cabinets in our house are an off white, bead board style laminate. I would like to have white cabinets without replacing them.

3 answers
  • Bernice H
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Yes,lots of info on this,but basically,wash well with tsp or similar, sand lightly to scuff laminate so primer will grab tight,a good primer,2 coats ,a tough paint,enamel maybe. 2coats?
  • Carol Marszalek
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Opa, absolutely. My go to is Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations. Can be mixed to any color in the paint departmen.
  • William
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Make sure they are clean and dry. Remove the doors and hardware. Mark the doors and cabinets with tape where they go. Lightly sand the doors and cabinets to remove any gloss and roughen the surface for paint with 120- to 220-grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove dust after sanding. Prime with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123, KILZ,or BIN and have it tinted to the color of the top coat. This will prevent dark or stained surfaces from showing through the top coat. Acrylic, or water-base, paints are low-fume and clean up easily with water. Alkyd, or oil-base, paints require good ventilation because the paint contains solvents that can irritate your lungs and make you feel sick. Alkyd options require mineral spirits for cleanup, but they provide a hard, durable paint finish. Whichever you use, buy the best-quality paint you can afford for a lasting kitchen cabinet finish. Seal with at least three coats with a water based polyurethane. Use a small foam roller and foam brush for a smooth finish.

    • Opa33719558
      on Jul 12, 2018

      Thank you for the in-depth answer, as I was cleaning them, I used acetate on the frames and easily removed the off white color they had painted, voila, white frames. After a super cleaning, the doors will look white enough. Will save this for future use though, have a great day!
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