Refinishing kitchen cabinets?


Hello Hometalkers!

How do I refinish/paint kitchen cabinets that were originally covered with a contact-paper like material? Underneath the paper, the wood is a little rough particle board-like material.

One of the enclosed pictures shows a corner of a cabinet where the paper cover is coming off.


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q refinishing kitchen cabinets
  7 answers
  • I would peel off the rest of the contact paper, sand the particle-board smooth and paint it.

    • Ed Ed on Aug 24, 2018

      Hi Ann. Removing the paper and sanding is an option, but that’s a labor intensive piece we’re trying to avoid. 😊 We’ll keep it in mind though. Thanks!

  • Cindy Cindy on Aug 23, 2018

    Hello Eds32015352 If you are on a tight budget may i suggest some textured wall covering? Some of the trends now are distressed finishes. Here is a link to some ideas one is paper made to look like pallet wood. There are many to choose from. You can choose waht is best for you decor. Good Luck CinT

  • Emm Emm on Aug 23, 2018

    i'd do beadboard framed with moulding. although the picture attached isnt from my kitchen, it is what we did, and it turned out great! we used beadboard paneling framed with 1x3 inch fir moulding. we did a light grey-green stain wash that brought out the wood grain, and then we put on a coat of low sheen polyurethane for protection. they look fantastic! refacing was the way to go for us!

    • Ed Ed on Aug 24, 2018

      Thanks Emm. That’s sort of what we are doing. We are adding lattice trim “frames” to each front for a shaker look. See pic of our desired look. I’m just wondering if the paint will hold on the contact paper. Thanks!

  • Leisa Yeager Leisa Yeager on Aug 24, 2018

    Valspar has paint that adheres to metal, plastic etc. I like the frame idea you are doing. It will keep the veneer in place and hide the peeling on the one door..I used the valspar on vinyl siding to freshen up the looks great, no peeling, been over 6 mos. Good luck..

  • Ed Ed on Sep 01, 2018

    Hello HomeTalkers. We decided to go with the shaker style trim and white cabinet paint. Here is a progress picture of the cabinets after adding the trim. They’re still uncaulked and unfinished.

  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Sep 23, 2018

    Looks terrific so far! Looks like you ordered new cabinet nice and simple and classy!

  • Ed Ed on Sep 23, 2018

    Here is the finished product!! Thank you all for your valuable suggestions!