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lulubooboo Sat 21-Nov-20 10:18:29

Can’t afford a new kitchen and the cream vinyl cabinets are fine but yellowing so the whole kitchen looks a bit dingy/dated. Has anyone used a paint spraying company and is it a cost effective solution? Worried if I paint them myself I’ll just make them worse!

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Zinnia Sat 21-Nov-20 12:44:57

I think painting vinyl cabinets would be tricky - might be better to either use one of the many companies that supply replacement kitchen doors or have MDF ones made and paint yourself/have painted for you. Sorry I know that's not what you actually asked!

PigletJohn Sat 21-Nov-20 13:19:55

If they are vinyl foil wrapped, paint may not adhere well.

When (if?) business returns to normal, you can buy spare kitchen doors in standard sizes and hundreds of finishes quite easily. They are made in a few large factories and sold to kitchen companies but there are various outlets on Ebay.

Ends-of-range and clearance stocks can be very good value. I equipped mine by buying up all remaining stock from a warehouse (but I had been looking out for a long time).

The cabinets are just rectangular boxes of laminated chipboard in standard sizes and a couple of qualities.

The standard European kitchen cabinet hinge fits just about any make. Though the size of base door and hinge position standard altered slightly around 20 years ago, if you measure your door size accurately (to the mm) and the distance from centre of hinge to top/bottom of door, they will know what standard you have.

If you want to give it a try you could buy one door and learn how it's done. An experienced person might take thirty seconds per door, you can take longer.

Or you can pay someone to supply and fit. Kitchen companies have quite high margins.

lulubooboo Sat 21-Nov-20 22:12:58

Great advice-thank you!
It just seems a shame to throw out functioning doors and replacing them would also mean replacing plinths and end panels etc. Plenty of time to browse online and research at the moment though!

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Funf Sun 22-Nov-20 07:05:08

A local car paint place should be able to mix a paint to stick to any plastic, I would also look at Vinyl wrapping

CellophaneFlower Sun 22-Nov-20 08:17:07

I have exactly this dilemma. It's putting me off painting the walls as well, as I'm sure if I brighten those up the cupboards will look even dingier. I'm hoping to extend within a few years so in 2 minds whether to just put up with them or not. I've done loads of research and think having them professionally sprayed might work out too expensive. There are lots of success stories about DIY painting, tips for prepping and the best primers to use. Could you try the inside of a door first and see if you're happy with the finish?

Funf Sun 22-Nov-20 08:53:16

I suspect a cheap compressor and spray gun would do the job, would also need a mask, then sell it after, have you spoken to a Vinyl wrapper?https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Einhell-1-6Hp-24L-Oil-Free-Compressor-5Pc-Airtool-Kit-230V/293768514854?_trkparms=ispr%3D1&hash=item4465f7cd26:g:BqYAAOSw2rNfe0yS&amdata=enc%3AAQAFAAACYBaobrjLl8XobRIiIML1V4Imu%252Fn%252BzU5L90Z278x5ickkvjzWOStkxwnlDuxSI1PVVn85bxUoJa4tpGBZiczDd7SVowDC159zypB%252FqfcqahZ5fm57dPs4Y%252F6EELmFQCxtKDaDQDNWpcyQ0TeJbESs7pmKtHbAReZGY5x20pKweut3q6KAV8pFB4Os2VY54E754FSJNw5W%252Bn%252FD8Gu7nOaQH7qyAN7dbIUaW%252Fj%252FBnClzsci1W7mUuj4jcFr3V9DdSjI%252FDHLq26%252F5OzHr%252F%252FN0nnve5HcptZVv8iM%252F7JKURTEYN46hdp5mO8O87kwPOReTYgCQVkmVIsFpwpQ19I6tfHAgIoSaxue2iME%252B98lM%252BR%252FY%252BFF06Ntqw041HoyxML8e0G3c5MmGVEgKd4%252FgEfcb8CeE38odnSIvU9cI1fRqCW0KjHJjacNILRxnXb12u3NljSwzTVx9kZs%252FgARL7%252FTLgyKOhOMBZSEEtTMtO1N0EYzHV48D%252BOQJTkXp7n5ZMEVLQ1ijUkibIHxo0LrTtcKfM%252B2X8WW1s0%252BLptDWOaa48mxtSlMIwWMjBQNW1KASku7u2%252BfMKK8hZPas0eeTSfivfHKZeXlnySSuL8YeYV5JMLgPoGFKjbkbfjs6cyLFbNrVnQgXLCNH1hq9mJRvc6e83Rwu1LDfYJdJme0CkB2bdKa%252BXiLIxC9cuM5JHI2RmpB2NEvhOiV7U2anmIFDSMx%252B%252FJDyK956Hf%252F9eYVWSZyjL8baFff8JW8h5yRBHJdkpqLq8%252FA4YY%252FDBkoHFOKvBWGfAO6WbJibiawImL4ZEG9VSEePv5P%7Ccksum%3A29376851485454fc1403cd6d4cd3bbe44175e581c010%7Campid%3APL_CLK%7Cclp%3A2334524

Chalfontstgiles Sun 22-Nov-20 10:35:23

I would unscrew a small door and take it along to a Brewers branch. They have specialist paints for practically all jobs and will suggest a proprietary primer too. These often are not off the shelf brands you’d get from B&Q for example. Brewers are real specialists in this stuff.
Another idea would be to use a kitchen company which undertakes transformations, basically just supplying new cupboard fronts and handles whilst retaining the worktops and carcasses. A Company called Blossom Avenue can supply just the cupboard doors from their Bella range. Overall cost is waaay cheaper than a new fitted kitchen.

40somethingJBJ Sun 22-Nov-20 10:57:56

I painted laminated cabinets 6 years ago when I moved into my house, as I figured I couldn’t make them look any worse! I used Annie Sloan chalk paint and a couple of coats of wax, and it went on amazingly well and has lasted and coped with being scrubbed down etc. I’m replacing the kitchen shortly, as this was only ever a temporary measure, but I’ve been really pleased with it.

lulubooboo Sun 22-Nov-20 17:28:58

Some really good advice and tips-thanks to all!
As per the advice, I think I’m going to start with trying to paint the inside of a door and will see how that turns out! I’ve contacted a paint sprayer but not heard back (probably not the best time to acquire quotes anyway). When I’ve researched online it looks pretty expensive to have them sprayed and probably similar to replacing each door anyway which is a shame as it seems so hassle-free!
Will let you know how my painting effort goes and if that fails will start looking at replacement doors etc! Thanks again smile

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windmill26 Sun 22-Nov-20 17:43:16

As 40somethingJBJ said above ,Annie Sloan ,Rustoleum Chalk paint or Frenchic should do the job.
I would look at the Frenchic Facebook page and read reviews for tips and inspirations .
Try on the inside of a cupboard to get the hang of it and see if you like the result.

40somethingJBJ Sun 22-Nov-20 17:46:47

Yes to Frenchic as well, although I find it harder to work with than AS. I asked on the village Facebook page if anyone was giving away an old cupboard door and managed to get one to practice on.

lulubooboo Sun 22-Nov-20 18:44:43

Loving the Frenchic website-hadn’t heard of it before! 💕

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