How to paint laminate cabinets from the 1980’s in a small condo kitchen. Renovations in a small kitchen condominium that won’t break the bank.
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We lived in our condo many years ago, but I’ve been trying to share old photos and updates that we did in the condo as inspiration for those who might be working with small spaces. This condo was SMALL. We did our best to work with the small space, adding extra storage whenever we could.
We went through a couple of stages of renovation. If I were to do it again, I’d probably opt to save money (on the final updates) by keeping the original cabinets and just replacing the fronts of the cabinets. Or I’d do a better job painting the cabinets to begin with.
This was all done before Pinterest and before DIY instructions for projects like this were easy to find.
Today I’m going to discuss how we painted our laminate cabinets and show you some before and after photos. I’ll post again in a couple weeks to show you the completely updated kitchen once we replaced everything later on!
Now… to be clear… I did this before quality paints and instructions. I would do a lot of research if you want to do this now. There’s likely some great paint options for cabinets that would save time and effort and look better. I certainly wish we’d had a paint sprayer for this!
But it looked pretty decent so I want to give you an idea of what you can do with a little paint.
I repainted the rooms of course and covered up the stencils.
I loathe the laminate cabinet fronts.
Painting 1980’s Laminate Cabinets
But alas… I worked with what I had!
Once everything was dry, we added hardware to the cabinets and hung them back up. The black and gray worked well with our stainless steel appliances, although the countertops would have been great to paint.
We used a white paint on the walls in the kitchen to lighten things up. We did add cheap under cabinet lighting (the type you plug in) and had our light replaced up above. We were replacing our carpets in the other rooms at the time and they offered to throw in free flooring for the kitchen- so we went with laminate floors with special padding to prevent bowing if they got wet. They were fabulous.
I didn’t have any issues with the paint peeling, but I think now I’d want to finish this with a polyurethane. Maybe I did at the time and my memory is failing me? I don’t know.