Can I Use Caromal Colours Paints Over Particle Board Cabinets?

Melanie writes,

Hi Patty, I just found your website and I love your colors!!!  I read some of the questions people have sent you …

here’s mine: We live in a double wide and I want to “make-over” my kitchen and bathroom cabinets.  They are particle board covered in a faux “wood” type of contact paper.

Can I use your products? And if so, what products should I use to prep the surfaces. Haven’t decided on final colors because wanted to see if this is a better alternative than replacing all of my cabinets.  Thank you for your time.

I’m glad your found me –  you are in the right place 🙂

I think I know the cabinets you have –  are they like this?

If so,  how is your covering, is it intact  or are corners/edges starting to peel?    This particular piece above was part of a unit, and I was breaking it apart, and this corner started to crack apart, so I tugged it off –

A good chunk pulled right off in that initial pull – revealing  particle board underneath.  I pulled the edges of the rest and off it came –

Can you use the Caromal Colours textured basecoats over this type of cabinet?  Absolutely.  You can go over the covered door, provided your ‘cover’ is intact.  If you have any peeling, or edges curling etc I’d first peel that baby off –  like I did above.    You don’t want to go over anything that’s not secure.

Here I started to paint it with Caromal Colours Colonial Blue –

Notice the chunks missing on the left side? That was where the panel was damaged – I didn’t care, I just painted over it all…

Then I brushed on the CC Chipping Creme.  The chipping creme will create a barrier for the next color, and allow me to easily chip/sand off the finish to distress the colors-

Layer of chipping creme –

Now  I’ll brush on the CC Textured Basecoat Bayberry-  the color that looks like mint chocolate chip ice cream (until you tone it, then it gets yummy)

All dried, and then sanded to reveal the Colonial Blue color underneath

Brush on the CC Toner-

then wipe off with dry rag.

When your cabinets are dry (wait 24 hrs) wipe-on or brush a topcoat of your choice, for protection.

So –  can you use the Caromal Colours textured basecoats over your cabinets?   Absolutely!

What ‘prep’ is necessary?  Make sure your cabinets are clean and dry.  Like I stated above ,if your cabinet covering is peeling or coming apart, pull it off before starting.

A better ‘alternative’ to replacing?  Oh my, yes…. One quart ($32.50) should get you 6 regular size cabinet doors, front and back, and the drawers that are above those doors, and the outer shell around those doors….

You may not feel the need for 2 color distressing, like this picture run demonstrates,  but a single color would work much the same – just less steps.     I hope this helps!

For more information about the Caromal Colours distressing paints

For Caromal Colour makeovers

To order sample colors


Caromal Colours are not carried in big stores.  There are a handful of small country/ home furnishing stores through the US that may carry a limited selection,  but if you purchase in a store that owner will receive credit not me.    If this post was informative and helpful in your ‘how-to’ searches, a simple, but huge, way to thank me  is this:   if you decide to use these products,  use my code, PattyH in the coupon code area. This code is needed in order for me to receive credit for the order,  if you forget to use it I lose. You don’t pay more by using my code – and if you order online you won’t pay tax (outside PA).

If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below.



2 responses to “Can I Use Caromal Colours Paints Over Particle Board Cabinets?

  1. My kitchen cabinets are like that except the “paper” is all intact since they are pretty new. I am just finishing painting them and though it takes some time to get good coverage (especially with Wisteria) it does stick to the cabinets and looks great! I can’t wait to show everyone!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s