Monday, October 1, 2012
Updating Laminate Cabinets
Do any of you all have horrid, disgusting, laminate cabinets that you just absolutely hate? Do you wish there was a way that you could update them without literally replacing them? They are boxy, flat, and don't even remotely look like wood. If you were being honest with yourself, you truly hate them, but you just can't afford the couple thousand it would cost to reface your cabinets, much less replace them entirely. It seems like there's nothing you can do but just live with them.
Gross laminate cabinets
Well, you might just be wrong. Laminate cabinets have historically been close to impossible to update because not many paints out there bond well to laminate. Often times the result looks anything but factory finished. It generally looks like a middle school art project gone bad. And it's for that reason that many homeowners who can't afford the full on kitchen redo have been living with their lack-luster laminate for many outdated years.
Well, modern day paint products might just have the solution you are looking for, and it's called Cabinet Rescue and is available at your local Home Depot (I had a hard time finding it at Lowes.)
Cabinet Rescue is specifically designed to bond to laminate without the need of a primer. It promises (and has very good reviews to back it up) to deliver a factory like finish that has lasting longevity. It also promises to dry quickly without overwhelming fumes. Check out this kitchen's before and after shots:
Fairly amazing difference, huh? I was pretty shocked myself. Cabinet Rescue comes standard in white, but it can be tinted just like any other paint. So essentially the possibilities are endless. Also, it's worth noting that sometimes nothing more than a little hardware will also help spruce up plain cabinets. Generally speaking, cabinets these days do not come without hardware- and a lack of it leaves cabinetry feeling old and outdated.
Check in with us throughout the week as we go over other ways to fix a floundering kitchen through refacing, refinishing, and replacing!