Updating old cupboards

The almond melamine and orange-y oak looked so sad next to the bright white and stainless steel. I really wanted to paint the cabinets white, but I was worried about how well regular paint would stick to melamine.

Adding insult to injury, our blue laminate countertops with orange oak trim were being upstaged by the covering the countertop of the new cabinet. Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations works with melamine, and the kit comes with everything you need but the brushes. There are tons of tutorials on the internet about how to go about painting your kitchen cabinets, such as this one by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body and this one by The Kim Six Fix.

I used one coat of primer on the melamine, and two on the oak.

After two coats of the paint supplied in the kit, the orange was gone!

The use of greenery keeps the accessories in this room well-connected and complementary to the oak cabinets.

In our future renovation, this wall of cabinets will be taken out and an island put in its place.

And of course you can hire a cabinet company to do this for you, but with a bottle of wine and a saw you might be AMAZED at what you can accomplish (it’s how I trim my toenails…)Seriously though, want to know how?

Confessions of a Serial DIY’er has a great ‘how-to’ as does my gal Tamara over at Provident Home Design.

In the meantime, we’ve made some changes to make this space work better, like moving the fridge to where an exterior door once was and putting in a new cabinet for trash and recycling storage.

But all these shiny new things made the rest of the kitchen more drab than ever.

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