How to Paint Laminate Kitchen Doors

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How to Paint Laminate Kitchen Doors
Sand laminate doors before painting them. (kitchen cupboard detail image by ewa kubicka from

If you've had laminate kitchen cabinets for some time, you may feel trapped by the look. However, there is a simple way to alter and improve the appearance of your cabinets. With some common tools and a bit of elbow grease, you can dramatically change the colour and feel of your kitchen by painting your laminate kitchen doors.

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Things you need

  • Screw driver
  • Saw horses
  • Degreaser
  • Medium-grade sand paper
  • Disposable respirator
  • Paint
  • Paint roller or pads

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  1. 1

    Take off all knobs and pulls from laminate doors and cabinets so they won't be tainted with excess paint or damaged by the sanding process.

  2. 2

    Unhook the laminate doors from the rest of the cabinets and place them on a workable surface such as a saw horse.

  3. 3

    Wash the surface of each laminate door using a quality degreaser. Rinse the doors completely and allow them to dry thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Sand the surface of the doors using a medium-grade sand paper. This will prep the surface so the paint will more easily adhere to the doors.

  5. 5

    Apply one layer of quality paint primer to each laminate door. Primer ensures good paint coverage and achieves longer durability. Allow the primer to dry completely.

  6. 6

    Paint the laminate doors. Use a roller or paint pad in place of a brush that may leave stroke marks. Allow the paint to dry before rehanging the doors.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear a disposable respirator to prevent inhalation of dangerous fumes and sawdust.
  • Add durability to your doors by painting additional coats at least six hours after the first coat.

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