I have an 80s style kitchen with white melamine cupboards and light oak trim. I can't afford to get new cupboards, so I would like to do something with paint or hardware. I want to update the look, but I don't have a clue what to do.Sandi Absolutely paint the cupboards, but talk with the hardware store first.I know that you have to clean the finish, and apply a primer.
Since the melamine does not paint well it would be better to replace the entire door.
Flea markets and swap meets often have someone there who sells modular cabinets and doors for the cabinets. Does the wood trim make a "picture frame" on the cabinets? Cut the fabric to fit, soak in starch, smooth onto the melamine, and let dry.
You can buy the door only for as cheap as about per door. If you get tired of this look, simply wet the fabric and remove. If you don't want to fill the entire space, you can cut flowers, teapots, or any other shape that pleases you out of inexpensive fabric.
Of course, there are more expensive doors available also. Terri You can learn lots of cool techniques online for free if you do a little searching, or you could try what I did to my bedroom's stark white laminated furniture; I used permanent markers to "paint" them, then topped it off with a spray-on varnish to protect the finish.
It looks like some sort of stone if you use small, circular strokes with the marker and keep going over the same area while it's still wet.