How to Update Laminate Kitchen Cabinets

Laminate kitchen cabinets are made from pressed wood that must be stripped with care to avoid damaging the wood surface. Laminate is created by glazing the pressed wood layers for a specific look. Natural wood can be sanded and repainted numerous times, unlike laminate, which would be ruined by removing the layer of sealant glaze. There are plenty of crafty, distinctive ways to update a laminate cabinet without major reconstruction.

Things You'll Need

  • Fine sandpaper
  • Bonding primer
  • Paint
  • Cabinet moldings
  • Silicone caulk
  • Cabinet handles
  • Screwdriver
  • Paintbrush
  • Hammer
  • Nails

Sand the laminate doors down with fine-grade sandpaper so the wood does not pit or chip. Seal the wood with a bonding primer that will help the wood keep a natural, yet protected appearance, using a paintbrush

Affix cabinet molding to the outer edges in distinctive and fun designs, using a hammer and nails. A seashell style or the coveted crown molding style are two possible updates. Nail down the molding at each 4-inch interval and at each end of the strip. Seal the gaps with silicone caulk.

Paint the surface of the cabinets to update the room. As long as you seal the surface with the bonding primer you can choose latex or oil-based paint depending on your preference. Consider painting your cabinets a slate gray to apply depth to the overall aesthetics of an all-white kitchen. Likewise, chocolate brown and creamy white kitchens can have cherry-brown cabinets. Use a sponge with various sized pits to add a one-of-a-kind appearance to your cabinets.

Switch your cabinet handles out for new handles. Unscrew the handles from inside the cabinet doors and remove them completely. Set the new handles on the doors, either where the old ones were or in the corner for knob-like handles, and screw them in tight with a screwdriver. Choose from many designs, like maple leaves, swirls, twig-like structures, and sleek handles. Reflect your kitchen's persona with finishes like brass, silver, pink-toned and porcelain.


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