decorate a laminate cabinet
Hello. I understand people are successful painting laminated furniture. That might be something you may want to investigate. Here’s a link it could be helpful.
The Trick to Paint Laminate IKEA Furniture - Bless'er House
You can paint it, decoupage it, and/or, add some decorative wood pieces to it.
Before you do anything, make sure you sand it!!! You need the paint to be able to adhere to it!
Laminate is something that can't be stained, you can certainly paint it. First lightly sand the surface so the new coat of paint can stick to it. After that you can apply stencils, decoupage, decals of all sorts. There is a great selection at Amazon.
The dollar store has some stick on decorations that can be cut and placed on the cabinet, coat with polyurethane after applying.
What do you mean by decorating? Do you want to paint them, add trim pieces, or decorate by painting a design? I think painting them would freshen them up and make them look like new if you follow all of the steps. Here's a tutorial posted on Hometalk that covers all the basics. There is also a question that was answered specifically about laminate. I hope this helps you. Wishing you the best.
Judith: this paint will go over anything!
Hi ! You can paint it , but first lightly sand it with a sanding sponge , so the paint will stick better . You said decorate ...You can use mod podge and make a collage ... You can use E6000 glue and glue the dollar store half round glass stones in a pattern of design . You can even use removable wallpaper , check out the cool and funky designs on wallsneedlove.com !!!!
The “laminate” on MDF is actually Melamine Paper and if you sand it, be extremely light handed on the corners.
If the MDF is exposed, it will drink the paint and “mushroom out” where the MDF got wet.
I would forgo the sanding, clean well with TSP solution & then prime with a primer that bonds to plastic.
Here's a post that can help you:
Do you have pics? Could you add a small wreath to the door?
Do you want refinish it or add accessories to it?
Hi Judith: One thing you might consider, instead of painting or staining, is to get some decorative wood scrolling and glue or tack that on. You can paint or stain this to match or contrast with your cupboards. You can make your own out of molding. Here is the Home Depot site for that.
Wood appliques can be painted or stained and added :-)