How to paint MDF, melamine & laminated kitchen cabinets and furniture

Sometimes a fresh coat of paint is all that’s needed to add a totally new look to kitchen cupboards, furniture and interior trims. Our Eggshell and Eco Chic are perfect for painting interior woodwork and wooden furniture, but surfaces like melamine and MDF require a little more preparation.


It’s worth bearing in mind that many kitchen units are now made from composite materials like MDF or particleboard and coated with a laminated wood, plastic or a melamine finish. Likewise a lot of furniture nowadays (especially the flat pack variety!) is made from coated MDF or chipboard.


  Earthborn New Colours 2013 Kitchen Sink (portrait high res) featuring walls in Gingham

Yellow kitchen image courtesy of House Beautiful magazine, ft. kitchen drawers painted in Earthborn’s Daisy Chain.


If you’re planning on updating kitchen cupboards, melamine surfaces or particleboard furniture with paint, read on for our top tips on how to achieve a professional, long-lasting finish:



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So if you’re dreaming of a new kitchen or updated furniture, painting cabinets and replacing the hardware can be a simple and highly cost effective way of transforming your space. Head to Pinterest to see loads of ideas and before-and-after images, ranging from budget kitchen makeovers to easy wardrobe door updates!