Ack at £18 a tub I'd have got a new cupboard! Well not a new new new one but a new 2nd hand one IYSWIM. Thanks for the suggestion though I had no idea they made melamine paint.
I think I will be going with the sanding and painting idea. It will be a really pretty pale lilac which will match their chairs I did up in the same paint and royal purple velvet seats, and the purple wallpaper/carpet.
It's got nicks in the melamine so need to be filled and it's just got that yellow-y patina that old white melamine furniture gets but it will need cleaning in the drawers so good tip on the Flash sponges - thanks.
If you don't fancy painting it you could always do a 'Kirstie Allsopp' and cover it in pretty wrapping paper and layers of PVA glue or varnish. Or this? I don't know if it sticks to melamine but it says anything.. this
if you look at my profile i have a pic of drawers and a table i did up. i never bother with primer most of the time as its too expensive. I would use emulsion for two coats, and the for a really even finish spray with plasti kote in whatever colour you want. changing the handles will make it look different too.
well thats true if its for a child's room. my drawers are going in the landing so hopefully will be safe. although a few coats of yacht varnish and its very tough. the plasti kote is fine, the trick is to do really thin layers, leetting them dry for 10 minutes between. its tempting to go mad spraying but then it runs. I have been updating lots of our furniture recently this way