Painting Laminate Cabinets

by Lindsey
2 Materials
5 Days
I. Do I need to write about Painting Laminate cabinets with NO prep work again? Yes, because this time I’ve used a different method for a few good reasons.Let’s go back to where this all began.
When I painted the Island white, I used a couple coats of primer, milk paint, and a sealer. This method worked perfectly! You can see more details about this post HERE. I wanted to use the same method, but realized the milk paint did not come in the shade of gray I was looking for. Bummer. Now what?
I shopped around and found the perfect color in a Benjamin Moore paint called Winter’s Gate. .
Since I was painting the existing cabinets a slightly darker shade, I thought “do I really need a primer?”

Here are the steps I used to paint our fake wood cabinets:
remove drawers and door fronts, wipe cabinets and all cabinet surfaces down with a Clorox wipe and then dry with a lint free cloth, spray the cabinet drawers and door fronts with paint, use a brush to paint the rest of the cabinet surfaces, wait a few hours, repeat the painting process until you have applied 2-3 coats. After the paint is thoroughly dry, apply the sealer. I use 3 coats of sealer.  

Suggested materials:
  • Ace Hardware Cabinet Paint   (Ace Hardware)
  • General Finishes water based acrylic primer   (online)
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Patty Diehl-Coughlan Patty Diehl-Coughlan on Oct 12, 2018

    I already painted my cabinets, with a brush, lol. Spraying would have been sooooo much quicker. Oh well! i just need to use a sealer. What kind did you use?

    Thank you!

  • Ruth Williams Ruth Williams on Feb 11, 2019

    My cabinets were painted by previous tenet. Do I have to strip them first?

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