Asked on Apr 09, 2014

Can a person paint formica cabinets?

by Maggie
I have 1982 formica kitchen cabinets & I can't afford new ones. I'd like to paint them but don't know if it's possible...does anyone know the way to do it so that the paint will adhere?
  9 answers
  • Jo Prentice Jo Prentice on Apr 09, 2014
    Hi Maggie ' There are some great paints on the market now to enable you to paint on any surface' Super easy . I did mine and they turned out great.( Some new cabinet handles to complete the new look ) ...Your local paint store should be able to help you out there with all you need to do them.I will post a pic have a good day :)

  • Carol Richardson Carol Richardson on Apr 10, 2014
    yes paint away

  • Sheila Haines Sheila Haines on Apr 10, 2014
    yes! sand the laminate (Formica is a brand name for laminate) until the surface is scratched up, primer will adhere better, I primed with Kills, 2 coats smooth 3" roller, then 2 coats of your final paint with same type of roller, in satin enamel, lightly sand between coats

  • I've painted mine before and used a shellac-based primer before painting. The paint adhered perfectly with no lifting or scratching. The only thing I didn't like was the texture that the foam roller left behind. There is a product by Rust-Oleum - Countertop Transformations - that I hear works really well! Hope this helps!

  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on Apr 10, 2014
    Yes you can,,,the trick is the primer and to rough it up with a bit of sanding prior.... i did it years ago can't remember what i used,,but i'm sure there are much newer items on the market..

  • Judy James-Hamilton Judy James-Hamilton on Apr 10, 2014
    my sister used the Rust-Oleum, it worked well.

  • Moxie Moxie on Apr 10, 2014
    Yup. Lightly sand, Zinnser primer x 2 coats, paint x 2 coats (reg laytex wall paint) then min 3 coats or poly sealer (the kind they use for wood floors high traffic in crystal clear)

  • Maggie Maggie on Apr 20, 2014
    Thank you so much everyone...I will let you know how they turn out...great way to save money!

  • Kathy Elias Kathy Elias on Sep 21, 2015
    Rustoleum has a great kit called cabinet transformations you can go dark to light or light to dark. They have numerous colors to choose from and it includes the glaze.