Redoing My Kitchen Peeling Cabinets One at a Time

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Our new house (1999) came with a laminate on the front of all kitchen cabinets. Easy to clean, but after a short while (starting by the stove because of heat) started to peel away!
This was the first to go, the one by stove.
Because I was a little nervous about how hard it might be to peel off the plastic coating, I started with the Kitchen Island doors at the bottom.
I took my trusty screwdriver and removed ONE DOOR .
This was the back of the door! (Must remember to clean inside doors more often!)
I grabbed at the frayed corner, and just pulled! I was surprised how easily it came off!
Took less that a minute to remove the front plastic. But the back of the door was solid and not peeling. Because it was still on tight, I just took a "magic eraser" and cleaned it up.
There was no residual glue or anything! It was clean and ready to paint. That was a lucky thing for me because I absolutely hate sanding unless it is with my little sander (which for some reason is missing!)
Had this paint leftover from abother project and painted the door using a paint brush.
This is after one coat, and I proceeded to do about three to remove (I hoped) the brush strokes. It worked out okay, but I think remaining doors (after I did three) will be using either a roller for large areas and a brush to start in the grooves to make it smoother looking.
The bottom two doors are down, and as you can probably see there is a color difference with the drawers above. But that is only temporary until I finish all of them.
This was the third cabinet I did. It was easy to take down, but needed the help of my tall grandson to put it back in place.
Will update with final outcome of kitchen cabinets when ALL are done!
Suggested materials:
  • Screwdriver   (dollar store)
  • Paint   (leftover from another project)
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  • NH09 NH09 on May 04, 2017
    So you did not prime the material before painting? Lovely job you've done. Thanks for posting; I have the same problem and was wondering what to do.

  • Jefferson Jefferson on Feb 22, 2019

    my kitchen doors are wood but the rest is contact paper. what can i do to change the color.


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  • Jane Jane on Feb 26, 2019

    Thanks for the info. I was afraid to try peeling the laminate off. I am now encouraged! I'll try one door this weekend!

    • Gale O'Neal Gale O'Neal on Jul 13, 2019

      How did it come out? I was without internet for 9 months in new area. So playing catchup.

  • Shari Lewis Shari Lewis on May 19, 2021

    We live at the beach and have the same problem. How are they holding up? Do you think if I did this the mdf would withstand the humidity or swelling without the coating?

    • Gale O'Neal Gale O'Neal on May 24, 2021

      Personally, if I lived by the beach, I would add the clear coating to protect all the painting that was done. Know too, I used paint with primer in it on my MDF.