Repurposing the Multipurpose Room
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Repurposing the Multipurpose Room

For the last 10 years, the third bedroom in my home has been serving dual purposes. I’ve been utilizing it as a home office. My husband uses it as a home gym. However, before long, this multipurpose room will need to be repurposed into a nursery. Because I can’t allow my future baby to sleep on a treadmill, my husband and I need the assistance of a remodeling contractor. This type of professional can improve this chaotic space and help turn it back into its intended purpose, a bedroom. If you need to remake one of the rooms in your home, consider hiring a remodeling contractor to complete the work for you. On this blog, you will learn the ways a remodeling contractor can transform a multipurpose room into the space you need.


Repurposing the Multipurpose Room

How To Refinish Melamine Kitchen Cabinets

Joel Nguyen

If you discover you have faded melamine kitchen cabinets, you don't have to replace them. The cabinets can be refinished to look new. Melamine is a type of plastic fireproof resin made from combining laminated melamine sheets with particle board. Refinishing melamine requires extra steps, but you don't need advanced skills to refinish melamine cabinets. Here are some tips to refinish melamine cabinets.

Prepare to Work

For this project, you need:

  • safety equipment (work gloves, goggles, respirator)
  • liquid dish soap
  • sponge or washcloths
  • spray bottle
  • screwdriver
  • tack cloth
  • tarp or plastic
  • painter's tape
  • 80-100 grit  sandpaper and 240-grit sandpaper or liquid deglosser
  • paint rollers or brushes
  • melamine primer
  • melamine paint

Apply painter's tape around the perimeter of the cabinets to protect walls and outlets. Lay plastic or tarp over the sink, counter, and floor near the paint area. Open windows and doors to ventilate the room.

Clean and Sand the Cabinets

Fill a spray bottle with warm water and dish soap, and squirt it on the entire cabinet surface. Wash the cabinet with the sponge or washcloth, refill the bottle with clear water, then rinse. Let the surface dry.

Sand the area to rough up the surface. A sanded area helps materials stick better. Clean sand dust with the tack cloth. A liquid deglosser, a substance that removes gloss, makes the job easier.

Prime and Paint

Remove the cabinet door, and store the hardware in a safe place. If you prefer, buy new hardware to update the look of the cabinets. Only buy paint and primer made for melamine surfaces.

Use a paint brush or roller to apply the primer to the inner and outer cabinet surface. Lay the doors on a flat work surface, then prime the surface. Let the primer dry according to instructions.

Check the surface for spaces you missed with the primer and add another coat (if needed). Sand the area again with the 240-grit sandpaper; using the tack cloth to remove sand dust.

Apply a thin coat of paint to the cabinet surface and doors with a clean brush or roller. Paint the surface in even, vertical strokes. If you are painting the cabinets darker than the original color, you may need more than two coats. Let the paint dry, and add a second coat.

Reattach the cabinet doors. If you are reusing hardware, wash it first.

Melamine cabinets are a low-cost alternative to solid wood. If you don't trust your skill, or you need a new cabinet installation, hire a remodeling contractor. Companies like Sierra Remodeling & Home Builders Inc. may be able to help.