Kitchen cabinets, what to do?

We have builder grade medium oak cabinets in our kitchen. Unfortunately only the face frames and doors are wood. The sides of the cabinets are oak patterned plastic. I can't afford new cabinets and would like to do something with them to change the color. I love white with a glaze, but how wold you do the sides? misibloo
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  • Shari Shari on Aug 24, 2013
    I'm guessing when you say "oak patterned plastic" you mean laminate? If so, laminate can be painted and you would use the same steps as painting wood. Just degrease well, lightly sand or wipe down with a "liquid sandpaper" product (also known as deglosser), use a good quality primer and the best quality paint you can afford. Kitchens get a lot of wear and tear so for that reason, I would go some place like Sherwin Williams where paint and only paint is their business, rather than a big box store. I would ask them to recommend the best products to use since I'm assuming you don't want to have to repaint in a few years.

  • Diane Read Diane Read on Feb 25, 2015
    Paint, Paint and Paint them. I just did my kitchen over using General Finishes chalk paint (you can google it to see if there is a store in your area that sells it). I did the light gray on the top and the darker gray on the bottom. It looks like I have a brand new kitchen. No need to sand them, just use a cleaner to remove all the dirt and grease. I don't recall the name of the cleaner as I am at work but I can send it to you later.

  • Nita Reddy Nita Reddy on Sep 13, 2015
    I agree with Diane--don't sand, especially if it might be thermofoil instead of laminate. TSP used to be the pre-painting cleaner of choice, but phosphate has been outlawed in some states, so you will find phosphate free versions at your hardware or paint store. After cleaning, use a BONDING PRIMER before painting (Google or ask your paint expert at the store which is the BONDING primer). As Shari said, good paint is also key on kitchen cabinets. Remember: you're saving a ton of money by not replacing your cabinets, so the extra money you're spending on better paint is miniscule in relation! Best of luck--new paint will make you feel like you got a brand new kitchen, and the work is completely worth it.

  • NancyMaria NancyMaria on Oct 13, 2015
    ME TOO! If it like my manufactured home here in Northern NV, it is more like the thermofoil, they even used wood-grain tape on butt and mitered joints. I was planning to use TSP to clean the dirt and grease off and plan to leave the wood doors and painting the counter tops faux chocolate marble. I am stumped as to what color for the face. What color are you thinking about Carole Curtis? I also have glass doors on the dinning room side. I guess I need to start a thread too.