I have to admit I tried this 2 years ago and I screwed up! I didn’t sand, or take them off the kitchen cabinets. I used one coat water-based eggshell to cover the laminate which has peeled terribly helped by my dog’s claws – classy!
So here’s the new and improved ‘How to Paint Laminate Cupboards’ as I’m really pleased with how they have come out and it should cost less than £40 to do. There are many methods you can use spray paint laminate, but I always get that everywhere! So I used regular Dulux cupboard paint which is made especially for laminate and wood cupboards doors and is very tough (according to the tin!).
1 Can of Cupboard Paint – I’m using a Dulux in a pale cream
Small 1 or 1.5 inch paintbrush
Spray Sugar Soap
Somewhere to dry them in between coats
New Knobs if you need them
1. Take them off from the cabinets and onto a flat surface and remove knobs
2. Clean with sugar soap – you’ll need to do this thoroughly and leave to dry
3. Use the very fine sandpaper and don’t rub too hard – it’s laminate but just key the surface. If you have old paint on there try and get as much off as possible – I’ve learnt that through trial and error!.
4. Go over the surface with a damp cloth and get rid of all dust – change the paper underneath. Dry it off with kitchen roll
4. Paint. Do lots of thin layers leaving an 1.5 hours in between coats to dry and somewhere between 5-6 seems to give a good finish. Follow the fake grain of the laminate.
5. Repeat on all your cupboards and drawers.
The finished article and a month later they are still unscratched
4 fronts done another 6 to go and the surrounds – eek!