Here's a before and after. I wasn't brave enough to paint both sides at the same time so the job took me four half days altogether. I did this three years ago with White Knight Laminate and Tile paint. My kitchen is 25 years old, all in good condition just ugly colours. I did two coats and it's lasted well, though we don't have kids.
Definitely do a trial and learn on the back of one of the cupboard doors, but otherwise I found this an easy job if you're capable of removing and replacing door hinges and handles. I used a roller and a brush for the awkward parts. About $250 all up.
Oh wow - that looks brilliant, amazing how a colour can change things. I love how fresh it looks! Great job and thanks for the tips!
I have laminate cupboards and just finished painting them using the Dulux range.
Was time-consuming as I painted both side and separately.
Washed them about 4 times before starting to paint.
Found the White knight laminate cleaner the best for this.
Be careful with the primer as I found it a bit thin, so tended to run a bit on application.
Otherwise I was really happy with the product.
Here are some before and after.
Thanks so much Steven for your tips. I haven’t started yet and will let you know how I go.
your information is great and easy to follow.
does this work as well on varnished doors.
Should be no problem.
Dulux renovator range has a FAQ. Google search " dulux renovator range faq" and it will be a pdf download (they don't seem to allow link posting here).
My cupboards were lightly stained. From Dulux FAQ and my (limited!!) experience.
1. Clean with sugar soap+++. Must be absolutely no kitchen grease or paint will not adhere.
2.Fill any holes
3. Sand lightly but remove any vanish shine or loose bits. An electric hand sander is great investment!
4. Get the surface as smooth as possible. My need repeat steps 2 and 3.
5. "When coating timber doors that are aged and may have breaks in the original coating what is likely to happen and how do I apply a fix?
Aged timber doors will have usually have been previously painted with a clear coat. Wear and tear on the clear coat will generally cause, chips, breaks and wear spots in the coating, exposing the underlying timber. Renovation Range has no tannin stain resistance and will sometimes show signs of tannin staining in the first coat.
To eliminate the tannin stains, apply a coating of the Aerosol version of PRECISION Smoke Stain and Odour Blocker. This can be applied to areas where breaks in the original clear coating are detected prior to starting to paint with Renovation Range Cabinet Doors." REF Dulux FAQ
6. The undercoat finishes fairly rough and needs to sanded smooth, prior to the topcoats. Because I had a big kitchen and didn't want spray everywhere when doing the side panels, I applied the undercoat with a roller rather than spray. Maybe the spray gives a smoother finish??
Hope that helps.
"my cabinets are laminate, not timber so I’m now reconsidering my whole approach."
They really do look like solid timber.
At that point I was thinking Porter's Chalk as a finish...
This was an old wooden TV cabinet that I turned it into a sorta display cabinet and painted with Porter's chalk and a polyurethane finishing coat - "no preparation required".
Not sure though how durable it would be on wooden kitchen doors?
Great to have you join in the discussion and receive such helpful replies @CathyO. We are looking forward to seeing how you can transform your kitchen. Please don't hesitate to post if you need further assistance, and please share before and after photos if you proceed as it really helps and inspires others.
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. We're so pleased to have you join us.
@Ari Doesn't it give you such a buzz, that self satisfaction feeling of doing something your self when you look back and it's all done? Looks great. This is what I've been doing with my bathroom and kitchen. Slow but steady..
I changed the way I was going, a little as with my kitchen as it's old, but still in reasonable repair. I'd planned to paint the cabinets and replace the bench tops. Most of the kitchen cupboards are either too high of to hard to reach. So half of the cupboards are now draws for ease of use, which I've painted most of. Still have the cabinet doors to paint. They've been replaced with MDF so could paint with gloss paint, no fiddling about. Still have lots to do. Haven't got the bench tops finished but the bathroom ones came up a treat. This what I did with my bathroom vanity area first, replace large bench top and bowls and took out massive mirror, replaced with smaller round ones and repainted the tiles. I still have the cabinet area to paint but can't decide on the colour so went on with my kitchen.
BeforePreparing the live edge slab.
Ripping out the old vanity top
Kept the cabinets as they are dated but in good nick ~ will paint at a later date.
Bench tops and new taps and bowls installed. Have since put up new mirrors and painted the tiles. Still have cabinet doors to paint ~ still trying to pick a colour.
Now the kitchen, still very much a work in progress.
Cut out the small cabinet that held the jug and toaster to give me more flowing bench space ~ When I get the new bench tops completed! Work in progress.Should look good when I get the live edge timber bench tops in. And paint the rest of the cupboard doors. Just a bit over painting and prepping right now.
Great to see an update @Old-gal24!
They look stunning and I trust you are very proud of your efforts. A fantastic choice on the sinks.
I'm really excited to see all your hard work paying off.
Many thanks for sharing.