I hate these cabinets- help!
June 23, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Just bought my first post-divorce home and the seller just put these laminate cabinets in a few months before. I don't have the financial flexibility to remodel.
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Take down the cabinet doors and replace them with updated doors.

My neighbor had this kitchen and tried to paint the wood at the bottom of the doors white to update them.. It was awful.
June 23, 2013 at 2:11PM   
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Shoot. That's an idea I had too - paint the wood black.
June 23, 2013 at 2:19PM   
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In my old house I got in recycled kitchen doors because we kept the shell of the cabinets and we sanded down the doors and painted them a duck egg blue and put new handles onto them. And it looked better then half of the show kitchens you get these days. The best option is to buy old recycled doors for them and sand them and paint them again a colour that you want. That's if you have a low budget or you don't wish to buy brand new.
June 23, 2013 at 2:20PM     
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Her is what one blogger did with hers. They look wonderful! http://simplychictreasures.blogspot.com/2013/01/1980s-melamine-cupboard-update.html
June 26, 2013 at 11:36PM     
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Great link Laura..
June 27, 2013 at 3:44AM     
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Laura this is perfect!!
I went to my local habitat for humanity restore and saw they have loose doors but I love this more! Thank you!
June 27, 2013 at 3:56AM   
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
I think painting the wood black and even changing the counter to black, gray or a white quartz that looks like marble - when you have the funds - could look really good. The trick to painting the wood is to do proper prep first and then take your time and use thin coats until you get the look you want. Your local paint store should be able to direct you. I have used both Cabinet Coat and Aura by Benjamin Moore with great success. Both have a different look but the cabinets look brand new.

Good luck in your new home.
June 27, 2013 at 4:06AM     
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Jackson Construction LLC
If you have limited finances you can always do it yourself. All you need is some basic items such as sandpaper, paint etc. They are all available in local hardware stores and don't cost much. This is the cheapest alternative to remodeling services.

The refinishing process is pretty straightforward - strip the paint, repaint the surface and the cabinets will be as good as new. There are many manuals and picture guides in the internet regarding how to perform such repairs. Try googl-ing (or bing or yahoo) something like "Kitchen Cabinet Painting" and you'll see how many guides there are.

p.s. Some of the guides may seem difficult but if you try them you'll see how easy they actually are. My advice is before trying to paint the cabinets, exercise on some similar surface to practice your painting skills. If you experience some difficulties, I believe that the Houzz community will be more than happy to assist you!
June 27, 2013 at 4:09AM     
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What a treat it is to wake up to all these helpful tips and advice! Thank you so very much!
June 27, 2013 at 4:12AM   
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Why not just remove all the doors, paint the insides and give it the look of open shelving?
June 27, 2013 at 5:06AM     
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OK. Call a cabinet maker. The cupboards don't look too bad. Have a lift and slide door put over the microwave and the "wooden" laminate ends covered or re panelled with the same material as your cupboards. Maybe an over lay of stone look for the bench tops. Good luck, this will be an inexpensive way to go and I believe will look great. Cheers. Kris
June 27, 2013 at 5:09AM   
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Sorry, I hit the submit button too soon. This is what I'm talking about by removing the doors:
June 27, 2013 at 5:15AM     
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
Jennyjen, is that an appliance garage in the corner? If so and you don't need it to hide a lot of stuff consider removing it - it will give you more counter space to the left of the stove and make the counter seem larger. Also, if you are planning on replacing the stove consider a slide in. That will also make things more seamless.
June 27, 2013 at 5:54AM   
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