Updating my kitchen
Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations is the perfect paint for melamine cabinets, and the kit comes with everything you need but the brushes. These tips are specifically made for those of us suffering with these ugly melamine cabinets with oak trim. To make it easier, I’ve created a checklist with all my tips on how to paint these 80s kitchen cabinets.
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The two materials these 80’s kitchen cabinets are made from take paint differently.
The melamine is super smooth, but the oak has large pores and open grain.
You can even get away with a roller if you don’t plan on using the decorative glaze included in the kit.
But what about the hooked part of the grab bar, and the thin cabinet frame?
Zinsser B-I-N primer, which is shellac based, stopped tannin bleed amazingly well.
I used one coat of primer on the melamine cabinets, and two on the oak sections.
Even the 80s track lighting was replaced with a shiny new kitchen track lighting.
But all these new things made the rest of the kitchen more drab than ever.
The melamine cabinets with oak trim looked so sad next to the bright white and stainless steel.
For wood cabinets, it’s always best to brush with the grain. Brushing the paint and top coat in the same direction will result in some raised brush strokes and uneven top coat.
By brushing the top coat in the opposite direction (horizontal instead of vertical), the clear top coat skimmed over all the bumps, making the final surface dry to a glassy finish.You can see that I didn’t even need to tape off the inside of the cabinets using this brush!