Can I paint my laminate cabinets or do I need to get new ones?

by Mark
Can I paint my kitchen cabinets that have a laminate over them or do I just get new ones?
And what color do you suggest, I have a red brick facade. Want to do this on the cheap.
What do people suggest, about these kind of kitchen cabinets.
  11 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 27, 2017

    Yes you can paint them with the proper prep.

  • YES you can paint! I just painted laminate cabinets and posted a tutorial. Here's how I did it:

  • SusanIseman SusanIseman on Jan 27, 2017

    Annie Sloan Chalk Paint- covers anything except teak furniture.

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 29, 2017

    You can definitely paint them, I'm a fan of using chalk paint, it adheres to almost every surface!!

  • Mark Mark on Jan 29, 2017

    Thanks now I have to get to work....LOL

  • Annie Doherty Annie Doherty on Jan 29, 2017

    I have had great results using Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 primer, after cleaning and wiping down, no need to sand. Paint on this wonderful primer allow to dry and paint. Of course you can use chalk paint, however, unless you finish off with a heavy duty sealer your kitchen cabinets won't be as hard wearing as an Eggshell or washable vinyl paint. Good luck with your kitchen, I hope you are delighted with the finished result.

  • Cathy Whittemore Cathy Whittemore on Jan 30, 2017

    I took the laminate off; exposed only wood and painted them gray. Beautiful! Yes, the laminate can be removed.

  • Rochelle McDowell Rochelle McDowell on Jan 30, 2017

    Do you need to use a sealer on your paint job after using the Zinger primer?

    • Annie Doherty Annie Doherty on Feb 01, 2017

      e Rochelle I would only use a sealer if I was using a chalk paint after priming and the item would either get heavy use, or I was using the item in a kItchen or bathroom. Not if I was painting with vinyl or Eggshell paint. That's just my personal opinion off what has worked best over the years.

  • Rebecca Rebecca on Jan 31, 2017

    You should clean them well, then use a bonding primer. After the bonding primer, use cabinet paint for a nice, sturdy finish. I used these on cabinets that had been in a trailer, and they turned out beautifully!

  • Jea16647506 Jea16647506 on Feb 02, 2017

    I recently painted my laminate cabinets with chalk paint. The most economical was the Waverly brand I found at Walmart. The container is not very big, but the paint goes a long way, so I only used about 3 containers at about $6-7 each. I was referred to this product by a friend who refinishes furniture for a living, and it's great b/c there's no priming needed. Because it was in the kitchen where there's a lot of grease, steam and spills, it was advised to clean the painting areas first with TSP, which is a common cleaner used by painters. The paint went on beautifully, and then I lightly sanded them, particularly around the edges, to give them a distressed look, then sealed with a coat of Minwax Polycrylic! It was suggested to use the Polycrylic rather than Polyurethane b/c the Polycrylic seal is better in humid areas. It was all so easy and everyone thought that I bought new cabinets (and mine were old and in bad shape originally)!

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    • Jea16647506 Jea16647506 on Sep 26, 2018

      My cabinets AND doors are all considered laminate, and yes, after a good cleaning with TSP, I painted directly on them with the chalk paint with no prep! It went on beautifully. I put 2 coats of chalk paint, then 2 coats of the Polyurethane. First coat had a tint to it, 2nd coat was clear.

  • Jea16647506 Jea16647506 on Feb 09, 2017

    Absolutely! I've got several other pieces of furniture (a couple of dressers, end tables and "maybe" my dining room table) that I plan to paint and update and I will be using the Waverly Chalk Paint. It's so easy to use, with no prep work necessary - that's the beauty of the chalk paint! For those pieces, I would either finish with Polyacrylic or the Chalk Paint Wax. I've learned through the cabinet project that for chalk paint use, cleaning the area with TSP is good to remove dirt, grime, oils, etc. prior to painting, however, with chalk paint, I don't think that's even necessary, but I do it just to ensure the best final results. I went to YouTube and watched videos on painting with chalk paint and learned a lot.

    One thing I did not mention in my previous comment, was I did a little different twist on my kitchen cabinets with the chalk paint, not sure what I was doing, but in the end I loved the results and they have a nice clear seal on them. My cabinets were originally a dull brown (old cabinets) and years ago I updated by painting them white. Over the years, some of the paint had chipped, and the brown was peaking through and I was tired of the white and wanted a dark cabinet again, but not too dark and I wanted an updated look with a slight distress, so I painted the cabinets with the Mineral colored paint (2 coats), which made them a light gray/taupe color, then when I was ready to use the Polyurethane finish, I drizzled some Truffle colored Waverly Chalk Paint in the Polyurethane, making it like a chocolate milk colored and sealed the cabinets with that. I used a foam roller to apply the mineral chalk paint and then used a soft bristle paintbrush for the Polyurethane. You can see the mineral color slightly coming through the dark color. Then I lightly sanded the corners and edges to give that slight distress look. If you'd like, I will take a picture of them and post for you to see. Hope this helps and answers your question.