Painting kitchen cabinets Beds Bucks Herts Northamptonshire

Upcycling Laminate and Vinyl Wrapped Kitchens: A Transformation Guide

In recent years, upcycling laminate and vinyl wrapped kitchens has gained popularity. Let’s debunk the misconceptions and explore the possibilities:

  1. The Misconception:
    • Many believe it’s impossible or not durable enough to upcycle laminate or vinyl wrapped kitchens.
    • But the truth is, it’s entirely feasible!
  2. The Upcycling Process:
    • Upcycling involves repurposing existing materials into something new.
    • Interior designers and specialist cabinet painters have embraced this trend.
  3. Choosing the Right Primer:
    • I assess each project individually.
    • For tricky surfaces like laminate or vinyl, I use either Shellac or oil-based adhesion primers.
    • These primers create a strong bond, ensuring durability.
  4. Surface Preparation Matters:
    • A thorough initial clean-down removes surface residues (oils, food, etc.).
    • This allows the adhesion primer to grip effectively.
  5. Topcoats and Transformation:
    • Once primed, we apply topcoats.
    • The result? A beautifully transformed kitchen!

So, whether in Beds, Bucks, Herts, or Northamptonshire, let’s upcycle your kitchen into something remarkable!

These are a few examples of vinyl, laminate or wooden doors that can be painted.

Upcycling laminate or vinyl-wrapped kitchens is a fantastic way to breathe new life into dated spaces. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started if you are a doing it yourself:

  1. Assess the Kitchen:
    • Laminate or vinyl kitchens are often solid and suitable for painting.
    • Check for any damage, ensuring the vinyl hasn’t come away from the doors.
  2. Surface Preparation:
    • Clean the kitchen thoroughly using a suitable degreaser.
    • Sand the surfaces lightly to create a good base for paint adhesion.
  3. Choosing the Right Primer:
    • Select an appropriate primer—either Shellac or oil-based—for excellent adhesion.
    • The right primer ensures a lasting finish.
  4. Topcoat Selection:
    • Decide on the finish you want—satin, matte, or glossy.
    • Use topcoat paints designed for kitchen cabinets.
  5. Protection and Details:
    • Use masking tapes, lining, and protective materials to safeguard surrounding areas.
    • Consider updating handles or choosing new ones for a fresh look.
    • Explore new worktops or refinish existing wooden ones.
  6. Sanding and Cleaning:
    • Use the right grades of abrasive for sanding between coats.
    • Tack rags and cleaning cloths help maintain a clean surface.
  7. Paint Extenders and Diluents:
    • These additives can enhance the paint application process.

Remember, attention to detail and proper execution are key. Enjoy transforming your kitchen!

Essential kit

Having the right tools and following professional practices is crucial for achieving a lasting finish. Let’s break down the essentials:

  1. Professional Kit:
    • A well-equipped kit ensures quality work.
    • Beware of so-called painters with inadequate tools—results may disappoint.
  2. Protection Matters:
    • Protecting surrounding areas during painting is essential.
    • Neglecting this step can leave kitchens in a terrible state.
  3. Case Study: Vinyl Wrap Kitchen Upcycle:
    • This small kitchen had vinyl wrap doors.
    • Doors were removed and finished in the workshop.
    • Tops were re-oiled, new knobs fitted, and a tiler added fresh tiles.
    • The results? Fantastic! An effective upcycle without breaking the bank.
    • The kitchen remained usable during the painting process.Painting kitchen cabinets Beds Bucks Herts Northamptonshire

Remember, attention to detail and the right tools make all the difference!

The above list would be the everyday kit of a professional kitchen cabinet painter, if you can work through this list, you are well on the way to getting that finish that will last. Don’t be taken in by a so called cabinet painter that turns up with little or no kit. I have seen on many occasions kitchens that have been left in a terrible state and no attempt made to protect the areas around the kitchen.

This kitchen was a relatively small kitchen that had a vinyl wrap door, The doors were removed and finished in my workshop. The tops were also re oiled and new knobs were fitted on completion. A tiler applied new tiles to the upstand and backsplash area. As you can see the results are fantastic! A simple but effective upcycle that didn’t cost the earth. The kitchen also remains in use during the painting process.

Painting kitchen cabinets Beds Bucks Herts Northamptonshire

The photo above is a wooden kitchen that had taken a very orange look about it. The kitchen was prepared and again the results speak for themselves.

Endless choices

The choices when doing a project like this are endless. Paint colours, knobs, tops, new tiling and also new flooring. You really can make your kitchen look fantastic again. Even going as far as a new sink and also a new oven can truly complete the look. You may be thinking if the paint is durable enough to cope with everyday kitchen life. The products I use are tried and tested. The level of finish is second to none and not an unsightly brushmark in sight!

A recent client was convinced that I had sprayed the doors. Even though this is a service I offer, I had actually brushed everything. This gives you an idea on what to expect when you have your kitchen painted by me.

If you would like a no obligation quote you can contact me here. The best way is to send images along with your address and also your email address via WhatsApp on 07973 343252.

Painting kitchen cabinets Beds Bucks Herts Northamptonshire