Your kitchen might not be perfect, but it is easy to improve yourself with a little bit of work. If you have old laminate wood kitchen cabinets that are not looking so great, you can bring some new life to them by applying a fresh coat of paint. Laminate wood cabinets actually can be painted if you do it correctly. Here is how to do it.
Remove All Cabinet Hardware
If you are planning on keeping the existing hardware on your cabinets, it's best to remove the hardware to avoid getting any paint on them. Having difficulties removing the hardware yourself? You can cover hardware with painter's tape. If your cabinet doors can be removed, do that as well to make it easier to paint the entire door.
Thoroughly Wash Your Cabinets
Your cabinets will need to be thoroughly cleaned before you can start painting them. It will work best to use a cleaner that use a degreaser, as it will help get off all the grease on the wood that comes from years of touching the kitchen cabinets with your hands.
Once the cabinets have been washed, you can wipe the wood surfaces with a trisodium phosphate degreaser as well. It is the best way to ensure the wood surfaces do not have any grease on them. Grease can interfere with how the paint is applied, which is why it is so crucial to remove.
Sand The Cabinets
Use sandpaper with a 120 grit to sand all the cabinet surfaces that will be painted. This is necessary because paint won't properly adhere to a unsanded laminate surface. Sanding creates a surface that is gritty, and allows the paint to stick to it.
Once the cabinets have been sanded, use your vacuum to clean up the grains of wood that are loose on the cabinets. Then wipe the wood down using a wet rag until the surface is clean.
Apply Primer and Paint
When applying primer, be careful to not use the wrong kind of primer. You will want to use one that will work with laminate wood surfaces. Simply apply the primer, and let it dry completely. Then apply an oil-based paint for best results, as it will repel the dirt and grease that come from touching the cabinets every single day.
If your kitchen cabinets are looking so bad that a new coat of paint won't save them, consider working with a remodeling contractor like one from Reface Magic that specializes in new kitchen cabinets. They will not only give your kitchen a new look, but could optimize your cabinet space so that it is used more effectively.