How to Redo Melamine European-Style Kitchen Cabinets.
Because European-style kitchen cabinets have no visible frame around their doors, the doors make up the entire visible face of the cabinets.
That factor presents an option when you redo the cabinets: Remove the doors and paint only them rather than the entire cabinet.
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the test of time and only after 30 years of wear and tear do they need some love.
Via AB Custom Designs Which brings us to this post – How to Update Oak / Wood Cabinets.
When it comes to wood ‘things’ I usually defer to my favourite saying So, if you are truly wanting to ‘update’, then you’ll want to restain with a darker, more modern stain colour OR neutralize it with a lighter, more natural stain that doesn’t have the orange/yellow tone.
Realistically, most homeowners (if you have resale in mind) are looking for a more subtle look that is offered by maple, cherry, espresso or painted cabinets.
Melamine cabinets require melamine primer and paint.
European-style cabinets often have a sleek, contemporary appearance.Choose a paint color that seems to fit that style of decor, whether bright and bold such as cherry red or slick and neutral such as soft gray. Use a rag soaked with soapy water first, and finish with trisodium phosphate (TSP). Remove the doors from the cabinets by taking out the hardware's screws. If you plan to paint only the doors and not the rest of the cabinets, then move the doors outside or to a different well-ventilated area for the painting process. Use the painting utensils recommended on the can of melamine primer; for example, the directions may recommend a paintbrush or a paint roller.Follow the TSP manufacturer's directions because that substance is a very toxic degreasing agent. If you plan to paint the cabinets, ensure the room is ventilated sufficiently. Follow all the primer manufacturer's directions for priming, including directions regarding room humidity and drying time. This means that the colour of them is VITAL to their survival if you are hoping to appeal to the masses.Via The Distressed Fleur de Lis I’d love to give you a how-to on Staining Oak Cabinets, but I’d rather leave it to the pro’s….House (including Gel Stain details) Refacing (specific details for staining oak) More often than not, the 1980’s / 90’s oak cabinets don’t have hardware (handles or knobs).