Sister's Talk…A Couple of Questions About Paint

It's Thursday, so we're answering readers questions.  Both questions today are about paint!

Kelly with Style Attic asked:

When we moved 4 years ago, we bought a home with a kitchen that has the real wood cabinet doors, but the siding on all the cabinets are laminate. The laminate does not keep the same color over time and it’s just hideous. My question is, painting seems like an obvious fix. Can I paint over the wood and laminate and it be okay, or do I need to put real wood on the sides of the upper and lower cabinets and around the center island?

I'll answer today...

We're obviously not painters so I consulted with a professional and was told that you should be able to paint over the laminate if you make sure and apply a primer that is designed for gloss surfaces before you paint.  If everything is primed properly it should even out the playing field of the two different surfaces.  Obviously this is a much less expensive alternative to changing out the cabinets themselves.  I'm not sure what type of laminate you're talking about.  Our last house had some really weird cabinets in it.  Our painter was never able to figure out what they were made of .  We did a paint with  glaze finish and ended up sealing them.  That took care of the chipping problem.  I hope this helps.  If anyone out there has any additional input, please leave a comment.

Vicki Burnett asks:

During our kitchen re-do years ago, we hired someone to create a look on our cabinets using paint and a glaze. Now there are some places in desperate need of touch-ups, but we don’t have any of the leftover products and have no idea of the names of the colors. What’s the best approach to re-creating this for the fix without it looking obvious?

This is a hard one. Though by their very nature faux finishes can be very forgiving, touch ups are very difficult. I have had personal experience with this. I happen to know that your cabinets were white originally, so I'm assuming that's what is showing now. Glaze alone will not cover the white paint. Some of the new paint color that was added dabbed on first, and then a little glaze on top of that is a less than perfect fix because it doesn't really blend in.  However, if it's not in a real noticeable spot like at the base of the cabinet, you can probably get by with this.  If that's not the case, instead of merely touching up a cabinet door, you really have to redo the entire door.  Ugh!!!  You need to contact your painter to try and find out what the original colors that  were used are. If you get those, Sister can probably help you out.


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