Paint your cupboards
GET READY 1 CLEAR EVERYTHING OUT
Move items such as your fridge and anything on your kitchen benchtops out of the way. Open a window or two for ventilation.
2 REMOVE HANDLES
Remove all your kitchen cupboard handles. The fastest way to do this is with an electric drill. Alternatively, use a manual screwdriver. It is often recommended that it’s best to take all your cupboard doors off your internal kitchen carcasses before painting them. This is not required. If you do so, you’ll probably need to bring a handyman or carpenter in at the end to put all your cabinet doors back on and align them correctly. This will just add to your cost. You can successfully laminate-paint your cupboard doors without ever having to remove them.
3 CLEAN LIKE CRAZY
Thoroughly clean and wipe dry all of your kitchen cupboards with tile and laminate cleaner. Alternatively, a mild detergent can be used. Avoid any other heavy chemical cleaning products, as they could react negatively with your laminate paint. Your cabinet doors need to be squeaky clean – scrub them with a cloth or, if necessary, a scratch-resistant scourer. No dirt, dust, kitchen grease, soap scum, mildew or anything else is to be left on your cupboards (otherwise it will show up under your laminate paint).
4 FILL DENTS
If there are any chips or dents in any of your doors, use epoxy putty to fill these imperfections. This is a fast-drying product that you can sand shortly after application. If any of your laminate is coming off your old cabinet doors, simply anchor these parts down by using a strong adhesive, like spray adhesive. If you have any badly damaged doors, look to get those replaced by a cabinet maker. Once fitted, you can then laminate-paint over to match all your other painted doors. GET SET
Once your kitchen cupboards are free of debris, it’s time to start sanding. It’s best to wear a dust respirator to avoid inhaling any fine particles. The fastest way to sand all your kitchen cupboard doors is with an electric hand sander. To sand an average kitchen by electric sander, it will take about one hour and they’re less than $50.
Simple does it Painting these old yet still functional cupboards in a fresh light grey and adding chrome handles gives them a modern look. AFTER