I have an original kitchen and rather than repaint them (they were painted harvest gold in the 60's) I'm interested in refacing them with black laminate. Anyone have any experience going this route?
An alternative would be to cover them in Zolotone, but the new formulations don't really match the original. It's now much thicker and kind of sloppy looking. Anyone have any luck matching the original texture?
Cathye on Fairlawn here. We had our original cabs refaced about 7 years ago and LOVE them. I have nobody to recommend, as our finish cabinetmaker has since left the business, but I'd be happy to show you ours if you like.
I simply could not stomach the idea of removing them, especially since ours is a flat-roofed courtyard model. Not having that high pitched roof to work with means that those nearly square boxes have the perfect aesthetic for our kitchen. Anyway, we had the sliders replaced with new doors that swing out and do not have any visible hardware - just hidden finger pulls.
We used Formica to remain true to the eara; had a new island built to match, with pull out shelves; and later had an entirely new set of matching cabs built on the opposite wall in the multi-purpose area/room that is actually part of the kitchen but is used as a family room by many. We use the entire space as one large kitchen with a DWR round table and MCM chairs there as well.
Our countertops are also new Formica in a contrasting color.
Drop me an email if you'd like a looksee (and promise not to comment on my lousy housekeeping!) - cathyelynnATcomcastDOTnet.