Asked on Jul 8, 2019

How can I update some cruddy faux oak cabinets?

TheHoneycombHomeMichelle JamesKim  |Exquisitely Unremarkable


I have some cabinets that are just a laminated oak wrapping of some type (if I wipe it with acetone the color come right off) and I hate them so much. How can I fix them on a budget?

5 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Jul 8, 2019

    Clean with TSP, prime with oil based primer and paint with oil based paint.

  • William
    on Jul 8, 2019

    How to Paint Cabinets

    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 220-grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove dust after sanding. Prime with a stain blocking primer like KILZ. 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.

  • Hi Lauren, I believe there is a Rustoleum kit that is made for painting laminate cabinets. It's an epoxy based product and available in a few colors. I believe you can get it at Home Depot.

  • Michelle James
    on Jul 8, 2019

    Sand the laminate really well to rough it up. This helps the paint adhere better. Once it is sanded, prime it then use a couple of coats of your paint. I think this would work well. It may still scratch so be careful with it but the chances of scratching are reduced with sanding and priming. Good luck!

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