Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: Using Wall Paper!

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I always have to give each project I take on a good six months to test before I share with the general public. This idea was one of those projects and I think you'll want to give it a try.
As seen in the photograph above, this kitchen had dark, heavily lacquered cabinets. While some may like this look, for me it made the kitchen feel dark, dated and oppressive. The most inexpensive solution was to paint. However, I love bead board cabinetry but certainly did not want to go to the work and trouble of adding bead board to each and every cabinet face.
We decided to go with a high gloss paint to give the cabinets the bright cheerful feel, and to each panel, we used textured, paintable, pre-pasted wall paper.
Cabinets are holding up beautifully
Rather than soak each piece of measured to fit piece of wall paper, we simply painted on wall paper paste to the cabinet and pressed on to it our wall paper pieces. I know in many of you think soaking wall paper is easier for applying to walls instead of using wall paper paste, but I'm telling you it isn't. You don'get the breakage, and tears applying paste first and using the wall paper dry. It's much faster than you think.
This technique saved us a ton of money!
This technique has held up beautifully in a kitchen I cook in every single day. The project was inexpensive and I got the look I wanted at a fraction of the cost. The best part was, the cabinets needed no special preparation prior to doing this. I didn't even wipe them down, sand or strip them. Easy peasy!!

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  • Rebecca Knisley Rebecca Knisley on Jan 27, 2020

    Would you need to seal over the wall paper in order to be able to clean it regularly?

  • Debbie Schwandt Debbie Schwandt on Apr 04, 2020

    Such a clever idea! It looks so transformed! Did you have to remove the doors before painting them? Was the wall paper only put onto the panel of each door?

  • Mary Coakley Mary Coakley on Jun 16, 2020

    Why paint.and.then.paper over it is it special.paper

    I Love your results brighten my kitchen


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  • J Lynn Meier J Lynn Meier on Oct 31, 2021

    We live in a very high humid Area. Did you have any problems with the beadboard peeling?

    • Dawn Gagnon Dawn Gagnon on Nov 01, 2021

      I live in the south where it is extremely humid as well. As long as your paper is well glued to the surface you should be good for years. If you are really concerned sanding and or priming should also help. I use a lot of adhesive.

  • Sharon L Rabideau Sharon L Rabideau on Nov 01, 2021

    That is just beautiful!