Update melamine European cupboard doors with this simple painted cabinets before & after idea. It’s super budget friendly and looks amazing!
Why I wanted to give my kitchen a Painted Cabinets before & after makeover:
I’m told that my cupboard doors are “European Style”. There really isn’t anything terribly wrong with them. In fact, they are the nicest cupboard doors I’ve ever had. I just had a few little issues with them:
- Trying to open the doors and drawers without knobs or pulls resulted in many a broken nail. (The wooden strips randomly flying off when you opened the doors made life interesting, too!)
- I … well … just didn’t like the look of that wood on it…(Is that terrible?) Somehow the “European” just didn’t fit in with the rest of my house.
I always got excited when I saw a home makeover show that was redoing a kitchen with these kinds of doors. I thought I would get some helpful hints. However, more often than not, they would just throw out all the cabinets and start all over. I didn’t want to go there…
So…on to plan B.
The “How To” of this Painted Cabinet Before & After Project
1.Remove doors from the hinges.
These European doors may be outdated, but they have lovely hinges!
To remove the doors, I just loosened the two screws on each one and the doors slid right off!
2.Tape off the wooden rail at the top with painter’s tape.
For this project, I was only painting the stained wood portion of the door, as the melamine portion was still in good shape and color.
To make this project easier on my back, I set the doors on top of the kitchen cabinets to paint them.
Notice I didn’t bother taking the drawer fronts off. I just pulled out the drawers and painted. It worked fine.
3. Using a disposable brush, paint on 2 coats of oil based primer.
I had oil based primer on hand for this project, and so I used it. However, the formulas for good latex primers are much better now than they used to be.
I recommend asking your local paint store for their recommendations for your project. What you need is to have a primer that blocks out any stain from bleeding through.
(I purchase cheap brushes just for use for oil-based paint and then throw them out when I’m finished. Cleaning brushes with paint thinner just doesn’t work for me… But, I have one really nice brush that I use for latex, and I clean that out well after each use.)
4. Paint 2 coats of paint that matches the color of the melamine doors.
You may need to take a door into the paint store to have a color matched perfectly to yours. The color that I used was Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White in a semi-gloss finish. Let each coat dry thoroughly before adding an additional coat of paint.
5. Remove painter’s tape from the doors.
****Important Tip Alert!!! When you’re ready to remove the painter’s tape, run an x-acto knife along the top edge of the tape (where you painted). I tried this as an experiment, and for the first time, paint didn’t peel off with my tape!
I used this same trick when I painted metal doors with plastic trim and it worked like a charm!
6. Add cupboard pulls and knobs to the doors.
Last yea,r a friend found a great stash of cupboard pulls and knobs at a garage sale and gave them to me. (Thanks, Mary!) Today the Mr. was able to help me drill the holes for the “bling”… and I already love how much more functional they are!
The cabinet door makeover before and after reveal:
So here are the cupboards before:
And here they are after a bit of “spiffing up”!
(…and I painted the window while I was at it, too. Same paint, same method. Except, I had to stand on the sink ledge!)
Other Budget Friendly DIY Home Decor ideas for a Kitchen Remodel:
Every little piece of our kitchen makeover was documented here on the blog. To find the rest of the kitchen remodel posts, click the link below:
For more tips on painting for the home, check out the posts below:
- How to Paint a Room + Favourite Painting Supplies
- How to Paint an Exterior Metal Door with Plastic Trim
- Painted Farmhouse Table
- Paint an Electric Fireplace with Chalk Paint
- Quick & Simple Painted Lamp Makeover
- Painted Farmhouse Corbels
- Painted Dresser
- Paint an Old Window with Chalk Paint
- How to Paint a Bookcase with Cottage Paint
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