We all know how expensive a kitchen renovation can be – so rather than ripping out the cabinetry to keep up with this year’s trends, why not simply revamp them up with some paint?
This DIY is perfect for you if your cupboards are in good condition but simply look a little dated. For laminate cabinetry, keep in mind that not any old paint will do. The paint needs to be designed to apply to cabinetry material, such as laminate or melamine, and to ensure long-lasting results.
Preparation Is Key!
Before you begin, scrub your cupboard doors with White Knight’s tile and laminate cleaner to remove any residual grease. If you are faced with mould, use a blend of water and bleach to remove it. Use drop sheets to protect the kitchen floor, benchtop and splashback from paint splatter.
How Much Paint Will You Need?
- Simply multiply the length and height of your cupboard surfaces
- Then divide that number by twelve
- Pick up that many litres of White Knight Laminate Paint, and you’re ready to transform!
Prepare Your Doors
In order to avoid a hot mess, you need to remove all the cabinet doors and drawers you are planning to paint by their hinges. Always label them before removal to avoid confusion when placing them back where they belong after painting. Remember to cover the back edges of the doors with painters tape, and remove any door knobs that you aren’t painting. Finally, lightly sand the door surfaces to prepare them for the primer.
Time To Prime
To help your final coat of paint stick to the laminate surface; apply White Knight’s tile and laminate primer as a base coat. Begin by priming the door edges, then apply the primer in a zig zag motion across the front of the door. A small roller and roller tray are the best utensils for this – be sure to never apply straight from the tin. After four hours apply the second coat of primer. Then leave the doors for another four hours before preparing for the laminate paint with some more light sanding.
And Finally… Paint!
It’s time to pick your paint. White Knight offers laminate paint for a satin finish, and tile paint for a gloss finish, both in whichever colour you want!
Begin by stirring your paint well. Starting with the edges, apply your paint with long strokes to the front of the door. Use a roller and tray to keep the coats thin to prevent any cracking or bubbling. Allow six hours for the first coat to dry, then give the doors a light sand before applying the second coat using the same long strokes.