Updating melamine cabinets
If your budget prohibits replacing the cabinets altogether, give them new life with a makeover.
Reface your melamine cabinets to give them an entirely new look.
Sand the cabinets with fine-grit sandpaper between coats, then allow the paint to cure for several days before replacing the doors and drawers or using any painted surfaces.
Purchase prefinished doors and drawer fronts if you'd rather not paint or stain.
Paint updates your melamine cabinets' appearance and leaves you with an easy-to-clean finish.
Once your cabinet doors, drawers and frames are primed, paint them with an oil-based paint.
Few cabinet styles date a kitchen like melamine -- that distinctive resin surface that's essentially plastic sheeting covering particleboard.
Low cost and easy maintenance boosted melamine's popularity, particularly in contemporary-style homes, but its bland look leaves many homeowners wanting to update.