Updating laminate kitchen cabinets

26 Feb

I sanded it down and the top part got a coat of American Walnut stain and the bottom part got painted white to blend in with the new doors. My poor father packed his hiking boots, his cycling gear and his golf clubs ’cause he thought he was coming to chillax. I’ve got a post coming up next on hardware and be sure to keep checking back as I continue to reveal my kitchen renovation here on the blog!I’ve been told that getting the doors back onto the cabinets was a bit of a pain-in-the-ass. I came home that night and all the doors were magically hung! The important part was making sure that the trim overhung the old oak in order to hide it.I should probably mention – in case any of you reading this are planning on using this as a reference for your own project – that we did a lot of measuring and re-measuring and aligning.With the help of my parents (thank-freaking-God) we got started on converting these old doors into cute and modern shaker style cabinets.I bought a piece of 1/8″ plywood and had the lovely folks at Home Depot cut it into 2″ strips.It was a mistake (against my mother’s better judgement) and I regret it. That how I saved my kitchen from the 80s without replacing the doors.

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We cleaned them up and caulked around the outside edges of the trim for a seamless transition. We used Kilz primer, which is so rough that it needed to be sanded lightly afterwards, but it seemed to provide a really strong base coat.

But I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the dated 50’s cabinetry.

Painting is the obvious answer for dated cabinets, but I was worried that the plain, flat-front doors might still look cheap & bland, even with a fresh coat of paint.

While I wouldn’t go as far as to say this kitchen was the reason I bought the place (c’mon let’s be real here), after seeing so many places (old and new) I was actually thankful to have a run down kitchen that warranted a makeover.

It’s something I know my real estate agent was thankful for too.