Haidee Muller’s melamine nightmare is now a contemporary space where she can cook up a storm!

Colour for Cupboards

A big fan of colour, Haidee has tackled various projects in her home using Annie Sloan paint; luckily, it can be used on melamine so the kitchen cupboards were easily transformed in Aubusson Blue. The existing cupboard doors were given a sleek new look with trims and new brass doorknobs, while the cupboard doors above the hob were removed to create open shelving for a light and airy feel. The edges were painted in Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue and a splash of English Yellow creates an element of fun.


Painting a tiled kitchen floor is generally not recommended, nor is it a permanent solution. However, Haidee really wanted a change and paint, once again, proved to be the answer for a quick fix on a tight budget. Fired Earth’s Ultra Pave in Dynamo creates depth as the charcoal floor allows the cupboards to be the hero of the kitchen.

Paint melamine cupboard

  • Start by taking off all the doors, then wash the cupboards thoroughly to get rid of dirt and grime.
  • Although it’s not necessary to prime or sand surfaces before applying Annie Sloan paint, a universal primer for melamine was applied and then the doors were given a light sanding with coarse sandpaper to ensure that the paint took to the smooth, melamine surface.
  • For the trim on the doors, a pine cover strip (38mm) was cut to size and then set in place with glue and nails.
  • Paint your first coat before sanding the doors again using water paper.
  • After a second coat, seal with a product such as Sabre Stoneseal.


The shelves have been painted in Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue on the edges while a pop of English Yellow on the inside adds a zesty touch.


Referenced from Gallo images / Home Magazine

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