Living with ugly, outdated cabinetry can be difficult. But so can swallowing the idea of spending an arm and a leg on a cabinet replacement or kitchen remodel. If you’re like many homeowners looking for affordable alternatives, you may be considering taking the laminate off your existing cabinets and starting fresh by painting them or applying a brand-new laminate. But how do you remove laminate from cabinets? Before we get to that, there are a few things you should consider before taking on this project.
It’s important to determine what material is beneath the laminate on your cabinets. If it’s particle board, you may want to reconsider. It’s likely that the particle board will get damaged during the delamination process. Plus, painted particle board isn’t typically very attractive. If, on the other hand, the material is MDF or even real wood, removing laminate can be a viable option.
Steps to Removing Laminate From Cabinets
First, remove the hardware from your cabinets. It may also be easier for you to remove the laminate if you take off the doors and drawer fronts. You can heat the edges of the laminate using rudimentary equipment, such as a hair dryer, until you’re able to easily get your fingers underneath. From here, you can start peeling the laminate off. To help you along, you can utilize a wood chisel. Just be sure to keep it flat to prevent gouging the wood or MDF.
Before applying a new finish or laminate, you’ll need to address the residual adhesive on your cabinetry. Use a solvent and then sand the cabinets to a smooth finish. If you’re planning to paint the delaminated cabinetry, you’ll likely want to prepare the surface for painting with an undercoat.
Why You Should Hire Professionals for Your Project
Removing laminate and painting your cabinetry can be a viable solution. However, if you’re not experienced with the process, you may not get the results you want. As an alternative, consider hiring the experts at Home Solutions by Kurtis. We offer cabinet refacing and refinishing solutions, both of which can completely transform the look of cabinetry in less time and at a fraction of the cost of a replacement.
Contact Home Solutions by Kurtis today to learn more about the solutions we offer.