How to paint over Formica kitchen cabinets?

We moved into a condo that all cabinets, kitchen and bathrooms, are from the eighties and are in dire need of updating. They are an off white My husband can't do this do to Alzheimer's, so I am willing and able to learn how to attack this job on my own with advise and instructions from you. Thank you for any information and advise you are able to give me.

kind Regards,

Diane McDade
q how to paint over formica kitchen cabinets
q how to paint over formica kitchen cabinets
  7 answers
  • Ann Cherkas Halstead Ann Cherkas Halstead on Jun 15, 2018
    Start bu removing the doors and the hardware. You can spray paint the hardware. Cheaper than replacing. clean the cabinets and doors before painting. Go to Home Depot and ask for paint for the project. One thing people forget to do.... seal the paint after it dries. Or it will chip off.

  • Linda Linda on Jun 15, 2018
    The Rustoleum kit for laminate cabinets and or countertops is very complete from what I have heard. You can view videos on youtube then decide to choose the kit or buy your materials separately. Good luck

  • Cindy Cindy on Jun 15, 2018
    Start by removing doors and hardware. Clean the cabinets well and then fill and sand the chipped edges and any chipped spots. Apply 2 coats of Gripper primer to help the finish paint adhere. Go with a good latex based enamel in your choice of color - use a foam roller or sprayer if you can (you will need to tape off the areas around the cabinets with plastic sheeting if you spray). Allow to dry thoroughly between coats and sand lightly with a very fine sanding block between 1st and final coat - wipe all dust off before applying the final coat. Then add 2-3 coats of water-based poly over the top to seal, sanding lightly between coats. Replace doors and hardware.

  • William William on Jun 15, 2018
    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.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 01, 2018