How To Paint Laminate Cabinets – DIY At Bunnings

Today our little project is to clean up these
kitchen cabinets. They’ve been here for a long time. We had planned on replacing them but just
for the time being we’re just going to trick them up with a bit of paint. First thing we’re going to do is make sure
we clear the area. We have our safety gear, which we’re going
to use when we start cleaning, we’ve got our primer, our brush, and roller. You can brush or roll depending on what you
want to do and our top-coat which we need two types of top-coat, sandpaper, drop-sheets,
duster. So our first job, clean and safety gear on. We’ve got a little bit of ventilation, a window
open, which is good and we’re going to start over in the corner with our cleaner, working
our way down from the top to the bottom and just cleaning that surface. Before we do something like a door here we’re
going to just unscrew our handles. Make life a bit easier. We can continue on with our cleaning. When you get to the doors pay particular attention
to the top because as you can see there’s quite a buildup there. And we run down our edges. If you can just have a look at that edge there,
that was a laminated edge. It was damaged so all we’ve done is we’ve
just ripped the laminate off. Give it a clean and paint it. It’ll look exactly the same and it’s an easy
way out. Cupboards are all nice and dry. Our next job is to sand the cabinets back
ready for priming. So we’ll get sanding. Start over here. As you can see there I’ve just taken the surface
off. Give that edge a rub all the way down. Give that a bit of a dust-off. Just flick over the top edge there. Now we’re all sanded. We’re ready to go. We’re just going to do one more thing. We’re just going to run a line of tape down
there so we don’t get paint on the wall. You just don’t want the tape on the cupboard
because the cupboard is the thing we’re painting. You get a bit on the wall we can fix it up
later. Now we’re ready to prime. Square stirring stick, stirring from the bottom
up until you get a nice consistency. Right. Nice consistency there. Ready to go into our trusty paint pot. We pour a little bit higher, it makes it easier. We’re going to start up in the top corner. The first thing we’re going to do on the cupboards
is we’re going to cut them in by going down all the sides, edges, doors. A bit tricky with a cupboard but we can do
it. Now we don’t want to close this door now because
it’s going to stick. So this door stays ajar from now on until
that paint is dry and we just take that edge off there. So the door doesn’t close on us and we’ve
got two hands free, we’re just going to get a lump of wood, lean it on the angle behind
the door just sitting there. We’ve got two hands free. We’re going to cut that edge down. Cut that edge and then we’re going to clean
the face off and we’ll be ready so we can roll that section, that section, and continue
on. Right. We’re all ready to go now with our roller
and we just spread it evenly over the surface. Plenty of paint on. That’s pretty good for an undercoat. All primed, ready to go. The next job just a light sand. We don’t want to take any paint off, so just
a light sand with a 240. Give that a bit of a dust-off. We get a nice dust-free surface. Paint is going to stick so much better. Yep. We’re all ready to go right through here now
with our first coat of top-coat. Take our paint. We give it a good stir. A little bit in the pot. Quite a bit more in the tray because we’re
going to use quite a bit more on the larger surfaces. We’re going to start off on the face here. Same as last time we’ll do the edges first,
cut it in, then roll it. Okay. We’re all cut in, ready to go. Our first coat, that is, first coat. What we’re using now is a satin finish. They’re old cupboards, they’ve seen better
days, and it’s a bit more forgiving, a satin. If you have a full gloss on it it’s going
to show everything up. This is a lot cheaper than replacing a whole
kitchen. We’ve gone through, we’ve cleaned down, we’ve
sanded, we’ve primed, a couple of top-coats, changed the knobs, and there you have it. Once you get to this stage do it yourself
becomes did it yourself. So come in and see us and we’ll help you out.

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