what can we do to improve these cabinets? Can they be painted
Patricia Theriault
May 23, 2013 in Design Dilemma
they are melamine with oak trim
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You can paint anything but it must be done professionally if you want them to maintain. You could also get rid of the uppers and put in shelving for a more open look.
   May 23, 2013 at 11:35AM
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I respectfully disagree. These cabinets are very dated and not wood. I would not spend the money to have them professionally painted. This is an easy DIY project. Just prime the cabinets (talk to your local paint folks for correct product) and paint and add some hardware.
   May 23, 2013 at 11:56AM
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I googled "how to update 1980's European Style Cabinets" ... not much out there. Someone said that bought wood venears and covered the doors. Someone else attached beadboard, trimmed them out an painted them white. And another person went to HomeDepot and bought just new doors and replacement them all.

All of those sound a bit kludgey to me ...
   May 23, 2013 at 12:09PM
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We had the exact same ones in our previous home ,they are strong not made from MDF , the only thing that you can do to update these would be to paint the oak trim ,when I was shopping for them I had seen some with gold trim they were very nice but too expensive :)
   May 23, 2013 at 1:47PM
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Might be worth looking to see if they are the same size doors as ikea kitchen doors - as you might be able to replace them with ikea doors !!
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I have the same cabinets. Sandpaper the oak trim, prime, and paint the trim with Rustoleum which sticks to melamine doors and oak.
   July 9, 2013 at 12:50AM
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See this thread for ideas. http://houzz.com/discussions/529102
   July 9, 2013 at 1:41AM
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