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  1. Wow, I never would have even thought to peel and paint an entire cabinet!! But it looks great. And I bet your kitchen feels fresh and renewed too!

  2. Wow–I totally can’t tell the difference–good work! And love the new knobs….such a fun, easy way to give the whole kitchen a new look ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. What a fabulous update. Your doors look so good now. Love your new knobs. I am excited about all the products you used. I will have to remember all those ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinned!

  4. It looks awesome, love your pretty new knobs! Ikea is one of my favorite sources for reasonable knobs. Can you believe I’ve never tried spray primer?

  5. You did an awesome job on them!! And I love the new gold knobs. I’ve been itching to paint my lower cabinets a dark gray and make the grout in our subway tile gray…and spray our handles gold. I doubt I’ll ever get around to it, but I think the dark gray would help to hide how in-the-hurt our cabinets are.

  6. It looks great!! I’m impressed! Love the brushed gold with white. So much more striking than silver! Great work! Never heard of that paint!

  7. Color me surprised! I didn’t even know you could pull off the laminate to repaint. YOu are so stinkin’ smart and the finish looks great. I’m also loving those new gold knobs and can’t wait to see your holiday decor. I am itching to get started, too!

  8. Wow Julia I can’t tell a difference! What a bummer that your cabinets started doing that, but it looks so nice! Love the knob addition, can’t beat Ikea!

  9. this is a lot of work Julia, peeling the laminate off; good idea & then paint them; they look very nice and love those knobs too, I saw them before and really like them! ๐Ÿ™‚ just saw your Christmas décor in your dining room too; looking nice ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Wow it wouldn’t even occur to me to peel back the laminate! The cupboards look great and I love the gold knobs.

  11. This looks like hard-core work! I’m really loving the gold hardware against white cabinets lately…can’t decide if that’s the way I want to go in the new house but I really love the way yours looks!

  12. Love the new gold knobs, Julia! It’s like jewelry for your kitchen. And great job on the cabinets. (Kilz primer is one of my favorites, too!)

  13. Anonymous says:

    Cabinet Coat is the best stuff! That’s what is going on my cabinets after the holidays. (I got mine through our local Benjamin Moore store) I’m relatively new to your blog and just love all your projects!

    1. Thanks so much! I bought the cabinet coat at ACE for the first time years ago when I peeled the first drawer and painted the kitchen cabinet frame. Then they stopped selling it everywhere and I don’t have a Benjamin Moore store close to me.

  14. I’m going to have to research that paint! I was just getting ready to pull the trigger on Benjamin Moore Advance for our bathroom cabinets (also for the kitchen when we start on it early next year). Also, love the new faucet!

  15. I love the new hardware! Thanks for the tips on painting cabinets, I might try that one of these days!

  16. Wow. I never thought about how you could peel off laminate. Great idea and such a smooth paint job. Love the gold hardware too!

  17. Oh my heavens above!!!! You have given me hope!!! I have thought about trying to peel off my veneer on my kitchen cabinets and was terrified I would make a disaster. I despise that stuff. I did not live in this house long before I found out my coffee maker’s steam melted the bottom edge of one of my cabinets, then the other cabinet on the opposite side did the same from my table top rotisserie oven……. GRRRR!!! I don’t have an island (no room), tiny very narrow and short, galley type kitchen, so I just don’t have extra space for a simple coffee maker. Oh well. Thanks to you, there is now light at my narrow, dark, tunnel of a kitchen. And I love the new gold cabinet knobs. I love gold, but have chrome and can’t afford to replace anything now a days.

    YIPPEE!!!

  18. Painting your own cabinets to give them a fresh look is a good idea but if you really need to update your kitchen then you can buy cabinets online and you’ll be able to find a good deal.

  19. Anonymous says:

    we have laminate cabinets, some are peeling but some are not. How hard is it to peel the laminate off the cabinets that are not peeling? Any tools that you used or any ideas to peel off the laminate easier?

    1. Hi, I used a spackle knife to scrape and peel the laminate off and it worked really fast on my cabinets.

      Good luck!

    2. Anonymous says:

      Thanks, I am really excited to see this post. I absolutely hate my cabinets but don’t have money to buy all new cabinets. One more question, was it just like particle board, or cheap wood under the laminate? That is what is under mine. I just want to make sure that it will still look as nice as your pictures

  20. Did you have real wood under your laminate? I can’t tell. I don’t have nice wood underneath. I am not even sure what it is. Something cheap. I just want to know before I start scraping away

    1. Hi and sorry for my lately response.
      I don’t have nice wood rather just cheap MDF which was pretty smooth but I still lightly sanded it. Good luck!

  21. I ordered the same cabinet paint from Home Depot but when it came in the paint department at Home Depot aid that they didn’t have the cabinet paint in their system and would have to use trial and error to match my cabinets. Was Home
    Depot able to match your cabinets?

    1. Hi Millie, I’m sorry they gave you such a nonsense reply. There is no mixing necessary. I used the white it came in and if you are painting everything which is recommended anyways, then you don’t need to match the color.

  22. Hey, Awesome job on the cabinets. Our cabinets are in the same state and they drive me crazy.. I was thinking about doing this but im not sure if our cabinets are wood and would do good with paint or if they are some cheap material (compressed wood, etc). Is there any way to tell?

    Thanks

    1. Sorry for the delayed response but I was away. They are actually wood composite but easy to paint.

  23. We’re all your cab doors peeling? I want to do this but I’m wondering how difficult it might be to get the laminate off the fronts that aren’t peeling. Thanks, Clint

    1. It worked great with a spackling knife for those parts. I didn’t have any problem

  24. Your countertops are gorgeous! Do you know what brand/color they are? Are you laminate cabinets from Ikea? Peeling really worries me when considering an ikea kitchen.

  25. Exactly what I was looking for! My cabinets are cheap made but are still structurally sound. I hated the idea of spending tons of $ especially with growing, rambunctious boys in the home ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m going to experiment with it first on the guest bathroom ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you and good luck.

  26. Rouxna James says:

    I’m in the process of doing exactly this with my very ugly green kitchen cabinets, but underneath the “wrap” remains a horrible sticky layer of glue which won’t just sand off. It’s taking me HOURS to remove with glue remover. Any ideas from more experienced DIYers?

    1. Oh my gosh, I have no clue. Mine wasn’t like that at all. I’m sorry!

  27. This is so great! I just have a questiom. How did you get the glue off the wood after removing the laminate front? We just bought our home and I don’t like the cabinets and would like to rredo them.

  28. Oops…I guses you ready answered that. Sorry!

    1. That’s ok, I hope it works out for you Carin.

  29. Kimberly Seale says:

    I tried using kilz primer and it didn’t adhere to the cabinet. You can scrape it right off. What did I do wrong?

    1. That’s strange Kimberly. Has never happened to me before. DO you maybe have a certain adhesive on your cabinets from the laminate? Maybe it should be sanded and cleaned better?

  30. Hi, I am impressed with the work you done…and wish to do it in ky kitchen only question for you to answer what did youdone wih side panel and kickboard which are completely fixed cajt be removed how did you paint that areas?
    thanks

    1. Hi Sophie, I just cleaned that area, taped it and then primed and painted it.

  31. Jeannine Lenehan says:

    I am planning on painting my kitchen cabinets, but would like to try and avoid all of the brush strokes and any unevenness that come with it. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Hi Jeannine, I like using a foam roller to minimize any brush strokes and texture. Hope that helps.

  32. Can you also peel the laminate off of cabinet boxes. I have some that are peeling near the bottom .

    1. Hi Denise, I’m not sure why you couldn’t. It’s probably the same process especially since it’s starting to peel already. Good luck!

  33. Hello
    I was just wondering if you peeled the backs of your cabinet doors and if so how?

    1. Hi Charly, I actually didn’t need to peel the back off the cabinets because they were in very good shape and you can’t even tell. Good luck!

  34. Paula Anstett says:

    Hi Julia, Like many others, I too have peeling cabinets and am grateful for what you have shared. My questions is what about the area in between the doors? Did you paint it as well? Wondering how the paint adheres to it. Thanks for being daring and patient enough to attempt this project!

  35. Did you also peel and paint the cabinet dividers between the doors??
    I am worried that if I don’t do this that the painted doors will not match the
    base dividers.
    If you did do them as well did the laminate here peel off as easy as the doors ???

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