Paint a 1980s merillat cabinet with the ugly white with wood trim?

Carole O'Brien
by Carole O'Brien
I have old 1980s merillat cabinets. The ones with a white face and wood trim on top.I was hoping to spruce them up instead of spending money on new doors. Can I paint them? Has anyone spruced theirs up?
  9 answers
  • Carole O'Brien Carole O'Brien on Oct 14, 2015
    Sorry didn't notice the picture flipped
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 14, 2015
    You certainly can paint the cabinets. Start by removing the hardware and doors. Clean with soap and water and let dry. Use a good primer dry in between and paint.
  • Carole O'Brien Carole O'Brien on Oct 14, 2015
    Thanks you Janet - is there a particular type of paint I should use?
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 14, 2015
    What type of style are you trying to achieve?
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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 15, 2015
      @Carole O'Brien Your welcome please share a picture when the project is finished.
  • Krys Krys on Oct 14, 2015
    Use rustoleum paint it is made for metal surfaces
    • Jackie Johnson Jackie Johnson on Oct 14, 2015
      @Krys Rustoleum is a brand name. As a brand, they make paint and finishes for nearly every application.
  • Danielle Danielle on Oct 15, 2015
    You can paint anything nowdays with the right products. Follow Janet's instructions above for prep, they're good ones. Use a bonding primer so you get really good adhesion for the paint, Sherwin Williams carries a good one. In fact, I pretty much swear by Sherwin Williams paint in general. It's more expensive than Valspar or Behr, but for a really high traffic, high wear area like a kitchen I'd go with the Sherwin Williams. Take one of your doors with you to the store and let one of their people look at the finish, at least around my area the staff at the stores are very highly trained, in fact a lot of them are retired professional painters. They'll give you some great info on which products you need, then your only big question to answer is what color you want.
    • Carole O'Brien Carole O'Brien on Oct 15, 2015
      @Danielle Thank you I never heard of a bonding primer. I was worried about the laminate finish not holding the paint. Thank You for your help
  • Dee Dee on Oct 16, 2015
    I have the same cabinets in my kitchen. I want to paint them and was wondering the same thing. Good luck with your make over!
  • UteK UteK on Jan 18, 2016
    Actually, you can just paint the wood part, then change out the hardware. We did that and it looked great.
  • Denise H Denise H on Jan 15, 2018

    did you paint the trim around the counter top as we are not replacing the counter top