How to-Paint Laminate Cabinets

How to Paint Laminate Cabinets

Laminate cabinets are a great alternative to real wood cabinets. They’re much lighter and cheaper than their real wood counterparts, which makes them ideal for apartment dwellers who can’t carry too much weight. However, laminate cabinets tend to look bland and boring without some customization. Paint is an easy way to spruce up your laminate cabinets without having to spend money on new ones.

Let’s be honest, remodeling can be an expensive task when it involves replacing cabinets. However, if the cabinets are in good condition, there is no need to replace them. All you need is a little bit of time and patience, and you can transform them into the cabinets of your dreams! Painting your old laminate cabinets is an easy way to modernize your kitchen without spending more money than you can afford.

If the surface of your laminate cabinet doors is in good shape, they can be repainted. Even if they are laminate, Formica, or veneer.

Will paint stay on laminate cabinets?

Yes, the paint stays on laminate cabinets if you take the time to prepare the surface properly. If it doesn’t last, it is likely that you did not prep correctly or used the wrong type of paint.

Painting laminate cabinets is not as hard as you think. If you do it properly, it has the potential to last for many years.

You need to prepare the surface properly before refacing laminate cabinets and applying primer to make sure that the new paint sticks to the cabinets’ smooth surface.

Can you spray paint laminate cabinets?

Yes, you can spray paint laminate cabinets. However, you need to make sure that the surface has been properly prepared and primed first.

The key is to use high-quality primer and paint products that are specifically designed for use on laminate surfaces.

Kitchen Cabinet Painting Before And After

How to paint laminate cabinets without sanding?

If you don’t have the time or patience to sand and prep your laminate cabinets, you might want to use a good primer made for laminate surfaces. Primer will help create a smooth base for your paint to adhere to and make it last longer than if you didn’t use any primer at all. Also, a primer will help keep the laminate underneath from turning yellow and cracking over time.

Instructions for Painting Laminate Cabinets

Here are some instructions on how to paint your laminate kitchen cabinets.

Step 1: Preparing your Laminate Cabinet Doors for Painting

  • Remove all the hardware from the cabinet. This includes the door knobs, pulls and drawers. Use a screwdriver.
  • This allows you to paint the rest of the cabinet properly and avoid messes.
  • Clean any dirt and stains you find on the cabinet doors, drawers and bases. Use a degreaser like trisodium phosphate.
  • Apply the cleaner carefully using the manufacturing instructions. When it is clean, rinse the surface with water and let the laminate dry.

Step 2:

  • Cover the hardware that can’t be removed using painter’s tape. Follow the edges carefully.
Kitchen Cabinet Painting By Painters

Step 3:

  • Sand the laminate surfaces using 100-grit sandpaper. The surface has to be rough enough for the paint to adhere properly. Make sure the surface areas are sanded properly.
  • Sand and clean all the cabinet surfaces that are attached to the wall.
  • When you are done sanding, clean the dust away. Vacuum the surface and then wipe it down with a damp cloth. Let it dry before continuing.

Step 4:

  • Apply a coat of primer to the cabinet drawers, fronts and bases.
  • You can buy specific primers for laminate surfaces at most hardware stores.

Step 5:

  • Paint the first coat of latex or oil-based paint of your choice. Oil-based paints give you a smoother finish. They are also easier to clean. Oil-based is the best choice for your kitchen and bathrooms (heavy traffic areas).
  • Use a roller to avoid leaving brush strokes on your laminate cabinet doors.
  • Paint a coat on all the doors, drawers, and bases. Get an even coat. Let it dry for about a day.

Step 6:

  • Repeat step 5 with a second coat. Make sure you apply a coat to all the cabinet surfaces.

Step 7:

  • Apply a coat of clear sealer to all the cabinet doors, drawers and bases. It can be a semi-gloss or high-gloss sealer.
  • Let it dry completely for about a day.

Step 8:

  • Replace all hardware and re-hang the cabinet doors.


Of course, you may not have the time to do it yourself. If that’s the case, why not give us a call? Below is a video that perfectly demonstrates our know-how for the job.

Kitchen Cabinet Spraying Before And After


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