Is it advisable to paint melamine cabinetry?

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We have 4yr old melamine cabinets and I regret the colour choice I made. I wanted a weathered farmhouse look, but this is not it. Would painting them be advisable or will that make a big mess of it all?
q is it advisable to paint melamine cabinetry
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  • Michelle McCaughtry Michelle McCaughtry on Dec 05, 2017
    I would think you could paint over them with either chalk paint (sealed after final coat) or unicorn spit? Or a combo of both - first layer chalk paint to cover what's there and then next layer of unicorn spit.

  • MF MF on Dec 05, 2017
    Maybe just try the drawer fronts first. I've painted over wallpaper in our camper and it turned out beautiful and never bubbled or peeled.

  • Kathy Guy Kathy Guy on Dec 05, 2017
    make sure that you use a really good primer first! Once you have primed almost any paint will stick. But my advice is to finish with some sort of poly to seal them.

  • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Dec 05, 2017
    Melamine or coretron, same thing just a different brand or company that makes it! I known people that’s painted it, but there’s several steps to go thru to get paint to stick . Whether it remains stuck to the surface over time can be another story! A few I’ve seen months later the paint was pealong! I don’t know the style of your cabinets, where the cabinet has a face frame or is a European style cabinet or if the doors are a simple flat board or have a raised planel design? Either way cabinets usually can be skinned with 1/4 birch plywood and glued on your cabinets as a outer shell so you can easily pain a clean unfinished surface! It’s more prep time and cost on material. But the paint job will last a lot longer and look better then painting what you got. If you have a flat door it can be skinned too! You can also use a vine we but will have to use contact cement to glue it to the cabinets! Don’t need a lot of tools to do the job, and some simple woodworking skills will get the job done! You can cut the material slightly larger then your babibetcsides and use a router with a flush cutting bit to get the material the right size. It’s a project a DIY advance beginner could easily do! A little bit of a learning curve and you be a pro in no time If you have any practice working with woodworking equipment? Painting be a cinch then! Other option is using like a oak or maple and using a finish rather then paint. You can do a oak cabinet with a white door too! I’ve made many custom designs over the years for customers of mine. So at least you do have options!

    • Natasha Mistry Natasha Mistry on Dec 05, 2017
      Thank you so much for this detailed reply. I don't have any woodworking skills or equipment. But your information is very informative. Are you a person that does this for a living?

  • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Dec 06, 2017
    Yes, really done a little bit of everything with home construction and remodeling since I was a kid being my Dad was a Jack of all trades contractor back in the day when a licensed allowed you to do most anything in a home. Laws are a lot stricter now, but I still know how to do most anything in a home from floorin, some plumbing, some electrical, anything to do with woodworking. Own my own shop for 18 years till my health took a turn for the worse. Now I just do things for myself and friends!

  • Jo Jo on Dec 07, 2017
    I just painted my wood grain laminate cabinets with chalk paint. To test the "sanding" theory....I coated them well with liquid sander/deglosser (to avoid the mess) then went over with a light coat of chalk paint.....dried that for a couple hours and went in again with another coat.
    Applied "Minwax Clear Wax Paste" and added some distressing with antique wax. Buffed it off. Put a couple coats of poly (several.....my hubby is picky and I have small kids).

    AMAZING! I've had so many compliments. Once I get my scrap granite backsplash done (for free might I add), I will send a picture of the finished project.