Can you paint resurfaced kitchen cabinets? If so, how?

by Marie
Our condos were built in the 70's. It seems they used the cheapest kitchen cabinets possible. They are resurfaced.
  7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 14, 2016
    What is the finish on them?
    • Marie Marie on Nov 15, 2016
      I am unsure. There is a layer that pulls away like a paper thin layer of skin, but it has particle board underneath it. We had a leak above one of the cabinets and had to remove it as it swelled up from the water. That is why I have one of the doors that I was able to peel the layer from the inside. I can't really afford to get new cabinets so I was trying to figure out a way to paint them if possible.
  • William William on Nov 14, 2016
    Wash the cabinets with vinegar, water, and a few squirts of Dawn dish washing liquid. Lightly sand to remove any gloss and roughen the surface for paint. Prime with KILZ, BIN, or Zinsser primer. Then paint with your color. Seal with at least three light coats of a water based polyurethane, lightly sanding in between coats. Easier if you remove the doors and hardware. Mark the doors with the cabinet. Pieces of numbered tape. Use a foam roller for a smooth finish.
  • Larry Chura Larry Chura on Nov 16, 2016
    With a good cleaning along with a good primer, there's no problem. The composite doors are easy to remake with new particle board at 1/2 inch thick if needed. I remade a set of cabinet doors the same way and they came out looking nice. The base color was black and the Quaker style edging was white. Go for it and have fun!
  • Dagmar's Home Dagmar's Home on Nov 19, 2016
    You can paint any surface with Amy Howard Home paint. She has an amazing line of products.
  • Leslie Shurtliff Leslie Shurtliff on Nov 20, 2016
    We redid ours, cleaned them well, and used Kilz as a base coat. Painted them white and then rubbed them with an antique brown glaze. Finished them with paste wax so they weren't sticky. They looked amazing.
  • Shawna Bailey Shawna Bailey on Dec 04, 2016

    My neighbor just redid their cabinets by adding trim, then priming and painting them all. It looked so good I was shocked it wasn't new doors.

  • Touchedpainter Touchedpainter on Dec 14, 2016

    If it is just paint you can just repaint. If it is Formica or an oil varnish you should prime w/ "Gripper" (Home Depot or Glidden Store), & no need to sand. If it is polychrylic, no problem, any paint will adhere to Polycrylic; which is a great primer for raw wood. I am a Comm paint/surface coating Cont of 40+ yrs.