Painting Laminate Cabinets

Painting Laminate Cabinets


I have been updating my bathroom and I have already shared how I organize my sink area, how I organize under the sink, and lastly, the shower area.  Well, the first thing I did was paint the walls, which I will go into detail later this week. Once I painted the walls, I realized that I loved the color but it clashed with my maple colored cabinets.  I had never considered painting laminate cabinets because I assumed that the paint would peel right off.  So I did a little research and I found out that you can in fact paint laminate cabinets.

I thought that I would try it out in my bathroom since it was just a few cabinets and if the project flopped, I would remove the doors and tell my husband that open shelving was the hottest thing in bathroom trends.  But he is smart, and that would not have worked, so it was a good thing that my little project did work!

Painting Laminate Cabinets

Some people suggested sanding the cabinets before painting.  I didn’t do that but I did give them a good cleaning the day before to make sure that the paint would adhere.  Then I purchased a small quart of Zinsser water-based primer and a small little tin of white paint.  I found them both at Target.  I also purchased a small paint kit at Sherwin Williams.

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After a coat of primer, this is what it looked like.

Painting Laminate Cabinets


After two coats of paint, this is what it looked like.  I was starting to get scared because it was still streaky and not covering the color completely.  Thankfully, the third coat did the trick!

Painting Laminate Cabinets


This was the after.  Also, behind is a sneak peek of the paint change.  The top portion of the wall was still unpainted.  Here you can see the small bathroom/linen closet that is next to my sink, which was already white.  I love how fresh everything looks after painting the cabinets.

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Then, I painted my husbands cabinet on the other side of the bathroom.  Honestly, I wouldn’t be brave enough to do this by myself to a whole kitchen and also I don’t know how durable this will be.  I use my kitchen cabinets way more than my bathroom cabinets.  I will keep you updated on how well these do.  For now, they are doing great and no sign of peeling.

I will share the full bathroom before and after in a few days.

Do you have laminate cabinets that you would like to paint?  It is certainly cheaper than replacing them.

Until then,



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