A new kitchen would be dreamy however it’s financially not always an option and with primer and paint galore available these days, tarting up your existing units is a feasible option.
Our kitchen units are melamine, which has a laminate texture. The units were originally cream but we desperately wanted darker units. We felt a darker shade would look more modern and also less grubby.
Before you begin to treat and paint your cupboards I would advise detaching the doors from the main unit. It makes it much easier to paint into all the cracks and it also won’t cause your back to ache as you try to bend yourself into tiny corners!
Once you’ve removed the doors, you’re ready to begin.
After a little research we discovered a surface primer by Owatrol. This primer can be used over multiple surfaces including walls, existing paint, ceramic and melamine. It doesn’t require any sanding down before hand, just clean off any stains or dust first.
After applying a layer, leave it to soak for 5 minutes then wipe over the surface with a clean cloth. We then left the Owatrol to completely dry overnight.
This primer gives an excellent base to then begin applying your chosen paint.
We used Farrow and Ball paint in Manor House Grey. This required two coats to ensure a good even finish. Once both coats were dry we then re-attached the doors.
We actually didn’t seal or varnish over our finished doors, because by this stage we were so bored of painting, we merely couldn’t be arsed, but it’s probably a good idea. Saying this, we have zero chips in any doors so I don’t think it’s the end of the world if you don’t get round to sealing them.
The process took 4 days in total and be prepared for a little upheaval as you try to manoeuvre about in a kitchen with lots of doors propped up everywhere. We love the finish and are now, 2 years later, even starting to think about painting a different shade!
Total cost was £100 for 5-litre tin of paint and £20 for a 1-litre tub of primer. You could obviously use a cheaper brand of paint to make this a little cheaper still.
Best of luck