We moved into a house (hope that doesn't disqualify me) that has awful cream colored laminate cabinets. I can't tell if they were once white and have aged in the last 20+ years, or if they were just poor 80's taste.
We can't afford to replace the cabinets at the moment, but have no problem spending the time and energy it takes to paint them...
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Our backsplash is a very pale blue (I think behr mineral water), and the kitchen opens into the livingroom, which is painted behr cup of cocoa.
I was wondering if anyone has had any luck painting their cabinets, and how they held up (assuming I will sand + prime, then paint)? And if anyone has done the frame of their cabinets one color and the doors another (I am hoping that this will give the one dimensional cabinets a little more visual interest) I would love to see pictures.
PS We also plan to add some handles or knobs once finished.
We've not done it personally, but we believe that if you do a careful job, it's worth a go. We'd actually test on cabinet first to see if the finish you get is what you want. Also, consider replacing just the doors in order to give the kitchen a facelift.
Here are some helpful links:
• Good Questions: Painting Melamine?
• Nu-Facers: Cabinet Face Lifts