Two coats of primer with a couple of hours dry time between coats. On the melamine surfaces (backs of the doors and sides of the cupboards) I primed with a great primer by Glidden called "Gripper".It was thick and lumpy I tried both brush and a tiny roller but no joy. Date submitted by: 06 November 2016 I was going to use annie sloan chalk paint to breathe new life into my new kitchen but thought I would check this out too and tested on a piece of wood.
If you have these cabinets in your kitchen and have decided that you would prefer an updated look, the only way to resurface them is with paint. Now I know some people long for the 80s but this builder, melamine-cabinet-with-oak-trim kitchen is a welcomed throw-back. I consider myself blessed to be able to walk into a room and see it’s potential. Consider yourself lucky that those memories are distant because this here, this is my reality, or at least it was my reality up until a few short weeks ago.After taking a few measurements and visiting both Ikea and Home Depot I learned this wasn’t really an option because my cabinets weren’t standard sizes. A visit back to the proverbial drawing board and I had a new solution.It was a bit unconventional but I thought it just might work.