How do I cheaply redo ugly pressboard cabinets in 1993 mobile home?


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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Nov 14, 2018

    Can you paint or repaint and change out hardware? What are they now? Have a picture?

    • Tanya Miller Swing Tanya Miller Swing on Nov 14, 2018

      Hi Kelli and thank for taking the time to help me!😊 Painting or rather painting with the distress look ( farmhouse, etc.) and changing the hardware is what I would like to do, I just wanted to do it the right way( if there was one lol!) and thought I’d ask for advice so I don’t mess it up🤦🏻‍♀️😬 I’ll try and send a pic ( don’t judge lol)

  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Nov 14, 2018

    A nice fresh coat of paint does wonders for just about anything.

  • William William on Nov 14, 2018


    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 120- to 220-grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove dust after sanding. Prime with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123, KILZ,or BIN and have it tinted to the color of the top coat. This will prevent dark or stained surfaces from showing through the top coat. 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.

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    • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Nov 15, 2018

      You don't tint, the paint store does that. That is how they make color.

  • William William on Nov 14, 2018

    For the farmhouse look and no prep you can paint with chalk paint. When dry lightly sand areas that would show normal wear to show some of the wood underneath. If there's an OOOPS just paint over. No prior sanding, priming, tinting, sealing needed.

  • I use latex based bonding primer and satin paint and it is very durable. If you want the farmhouse look, the trend right now is just doing white. That should be enough to get the look that you like.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Nov 14, 2018

    Yes, chalk paint would be the way to go as william stated and how too. But instead of sanding to distress, I found if I let the paint set up about an hour, I can go back with a wet wash rag and rub out the areas I want to distress and it pulls off the paint gently. I havent sanded chalk paint to distress in years. And as he said, if too much comes off just repaint that spot. Be sure to coat with the Rustoleum brand chalk paint clear top coat. 2 coats. In fact use their chalk paint, very reasonable and they can tint to any color you want. Good luck and try to have fun.

    Note: after seeing your picture you cannot sand because your cabinets are photographic wood film. Do not sand!