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Paint laminate cabinets? Is this even possible? Maybe reface them? Answered

I have almond colored with faux oak trim laminate cabinets in kitchen and baths.  Would like to update as I plan on selling fairly soon and don't want to invest a lot of $$.  My condo was build in the mid-80-'s and the cabinets look very dated.  I'm not very handy with tools but can manage the simple ones.  Thanks for any advice. Kahy

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Re-design (author)2009-10-26

DIY plastic laminate installation is very difficult.  The hard part is making the cuts fit perfectly.  They have to fit perfectly or the job will really look amateurish.

Call a cabinet refinisher and get a bid.  YOu might be surprised. (In a good way)

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orksecurity (author)Re-design2009-10-26

Might actually be easier to reface them with wood than with fresh plastic, and might look a lot nicer. (But might cost more.)

A good woodworking store (not Home Depot; someone who caters to folks who want to make furniture rather than doing home repairs) or a serious lumberyard that stocks veneer sheets may be able to give you more specific advice about materials and tools.

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lemonie (author)2009-10-26

Ask yourself whether it's worth the effort. A buyer is likely to look at the kitchen and bathroom with a view to having them replaced anyway. Looking dated may be better than looking badly-painted (you'll struggle to get a good finish in-situ with a brush / roller)

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Burf (author)2009-10-26

Painting laminates can be done using the right materials and techniques. Here is a How-To from the This Old House website:
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/asktoh/question/0,,380712,00.html

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