Laminated cabinets can make your kitchens look old and outdated, that is why most people want to change their laminated cabinets and renovate them in order to create a brand-new look with a fresh and clean feel.

If you are planning on renovating your kitchen laminated cabinet, you won’t need to spend so much money just to make it happen. You won’t even have to tear it down and have it built back up by professionals. There are easy, do it yourself ways that you can try that will guide you on how to reface cabinets with laminate.


The first thing that you will need to do is to prepare your laminated cabinet before you reface them.

  • You can start by washing the cabinets with warm water in order to remove the dust and dirt that has accumulated over time.
  • You can also use trisodium phosphate in order to remove any of the greases on your cabinet. This is needed in order to remove the grime that has built-up as it makes the adhesion of the primer very difficult to apply.
  • Once the cabinets are fully dry, you can then remove all the contents of the cabinet such as the hardware, the condiments, and the spices. It would be much better to label the backside of the cabinet door so that it would be easier to rearrange it afterward.
  • The front of the laminated cabinets and the cabinet door frames can be lightly sand with a fine grit sandpaper in order to rough the surface of the cabinet to make the primer adhere to the cabinet properly.
  • You can then remove the residue of the sand by using a tack cloth that is specialized to pick up sand particles that have accumulated through the sanding process as this completes the preparation of your cabinet and it makes them ready for the primer.

After preparing your cabinet, the next step that you will need to do is to apply primer all over your cabinet. It is best to use a water-based primer as it is designed for laminate in order to have a simple yet effective cleanup and to make it easier to apply.

Paint the primer on the sides, the doors and the cabinet frames that is laminated with a foam roller that is dense. Make sure that you apply the paint by vertically stroking the foam roller and it should be long and even give the best finish results.

Once the primer is dry, sand it lightly with a grit sandpaper that is 150 in order to rough the surfaces so that you can apply an additional primer coat.

After which you can apply a second layer of primer on the surface of the cabinets and the cabinet frames in order to give the areas of the cabinet a substantial base for the best coat finish. Once you are done, can sand the surfaces gently to give it a smooth feel.

After adding primer, you can start painting your cabinet by using a water-based paint and by using a smaller foam roller. Paint your cabinet in a V pattern and move it in long, vertical strokes as this avoid streaks and drips.

You can also use a paintbrush for hard to reach areas. You can also add another layer of coating once the first coat is dry. Once you are done let the laminate cabinet dry for hours, better if overnight so that you can achieve that durable and hard finish.

Last but not the least, once you are done you can start attaching the hardware back on the cabinet by using a screwdriver. You can also replace the handles or doorknobs with new and updated styles to give off that brand new feel.


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