Originally Posted by Laurel Wild
Looking for options for my ugly 70's laminate cupboards with the faux wooden ledge accross the bottom. I'm just renting so looking for a brilliant diy idea/...
Since you are a tenant I assume you do not want to sink $$$$$ into this?
Melamine paint is designed to go over laminate surfaces. It is sticky stuff and a little hard to work with but will get you through. It comes in factory colors and some paint stores even carry tint bases now. It will give a nice semi or high gloss surface. Only drawback to melamine is it tends to chip easily.
Can you post pics? How much cabinetry do you have?
If you just have a small galley kitchen, plastic primer or plastic paint might get you a few years. Krylon Fusion comes in rattle cans and a bunch of colors. Rustoleum comes in rattle cans and fewer colors. However, they have a plastic primer that comes in rattle can and liquid form. I have not used it but they claim you can paint over the primer with any paint.
Some on this site have said they get somewhat decent results scruffing the laminate surfaces and using a high bond latex/acrylic primer followed by finish coats of paint.
If you paint, you need to really do the prep work and clean the cabinets and drawer front of any grease, etc. or nothing will stick.