Asked on Oct 2, 2019

How do I reface my laminate kitchen cabinets?

Lifestyles HomesKelli L. MilliganWilliam


My cab doors are not wood. I want to reface them. I dont want to paste. Should i pull off the laminate. If so how do i prepare them to relaminate them and what is the best prod to use? Thank you kathleen

4 answers
  • January Edwards Austin
    January Edwards Austin
    on Oct 2, 2019

    Are you thinking of painting or something else? I painted laminate cabinets in a rental property and then covered them with a water based polycrylic. I didn't pull off the laminate. They've held up great and look nice too.

  • William
    on Oct 3, 2019

    Removing laminate off cabinets is almost impossible. Just paint them. If the cabinets are Thermofoil it can be removed but still they would need to be painted.

    paint cabinets


  • Kelli L. Milligan
    Kelli L. Milligan
    on Oct 3, 2019

    Get a price from a cabinet resurfacing co to see how much. Sometimes doing it yourself cost more to do, due to the cost of the material and all the trial and errors. Redoing laminate isn't that easy and you have to be really good with a router. Sheets of laminate usually come in 5' x 10' sheets. Lots of cutting.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    Lifestyles Homes
    on Oct 8, 2019

    Real plastic laminate cabinets are 1/16”+ thick.

    Thermafoil or Melamine are paper thin.

    Real PL should not wear out on a vertical face, for at about 60 years. Unless they were custom made, it’s unlikely they’re real PL.

    if they are, buy a router & a laminate trim bit and I can teach you how to re-laminate them. It’s not difficult, but is a challenging beginners’ project- so let me know if you have real PL.

    Foil & Melamine have to be carefully prepped for paint, as sanding though the paper means exposing the particle board underneath. The particle board will Mushroom when exposed to paint. Then it’s a huge mess- so I’d read up on that.

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