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Old 05-06-2006, 04:58 PM   #1
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Hi again people,


I can't stand the dark wood vaneer on the cabinets! Im thinking of covering the doors with melamine. Am I missing the big picture here? Should I just replace them? Id love to see pics of what you people have come up with!

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Old 05-06-2006, 05:47 PM   #2
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Someone used this product with excellent results. With your black and white floor, all you'd need is a red cushion or two to have the 50's diner look.

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Old 05-06-2006, 06:14 PM   #3
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I chose to re-finish in my restoration. Since I was going to surface them with oak venere I was able to clean up the 4 worn edges by trimming about 3/16 inch off them with my table saw. Then attached a 3/16th inch wood strip to bring them back to size. Then glued the venere to the inner and outer face surfaces iwth contact cement. Finished the 4 edges with the iron on oak venere trim ( boy is that a neat new invention). Then stained with a oak stain and gave them a coat of satin polyurethane.

The extra damp winter showed me I gave the table top a better coat of polyurethane than the cabinet doors (thought it would get more wear). There were some places on the cabinet doors where my venere expanded and bubbled a little with the grain. After checking with a refinisher he said just get out an old iron and iron them... I tried and it works - seems the heat softens the contact cement and re-bonds the venere and the wood flattens. I will be giving them a good coat of polyurethane when done!



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Old 05-06-2006, 06:42 PM   #4
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I just took the easy route and just painted them along with the table to match.....it`s on my webshots site....Benny
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Old 05-06-2006, 07:34 PM   #5
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Melamine will work just fine, you can take some medium sandpaper and go over the existing surface to break up the finish then stick the new stuff to it. If you have square edges I'd put the new stuff on there first then do the front and back. That way the reveal of the edging won't be peaking at you all the time, If the edges are a radius then you can try to match it with paint or as Ryan did make them square then glue the edges.
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Old 05-06-2006, 07:44 PM   #6
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I simply made new doors and replaced. They're not hard to make.


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The plain doors without decorations were not hard to make. I used 1/2" maple edged glued to get the width. Cut to size, round the edges, finish to your likes. I transfered hardware from the old doors to the new doors.
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:40 PM   #7
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Ryan,

We are redoing our scamp in oak. The new closet doors are done.
Better pictures tomorrow.

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Old 05-06-2006, 11:02 PM   #8
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I removed the Contac-paper type fake wood by heating it with a hair dryer and peeling it off. Then I just painted the doors white and added a yellow stripe. It was inexpensive and easy and it really brightened up the interior of our Scamp!
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Old 05-07-2006, 12:53 AM   #9
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here is mine..before and after...
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I used Birch Plywood and rounded the edges then clear poly as a finish.
I even found a thin enough peice to do the fridge door with.
It just slid into the channel where the old on was.

This really brightened up my interior.
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Here's the new cabinet doors installed
plus the new shortened version of the dinette table.
Happy Scamping Diane & Dave
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Old 05-07-2006, 05:19 PM   #13
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Boy Diane you and Dave sure do fine work...it is amazing, the trailer of yours that I saw in Two Harbors vs your trailer with modifications...just amazing and beautifly done.

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Old 05-07-2006, 08:24 PM   #14
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Well, the cabinet doors in our old Scamp were just those "imitation" pressed board ones- I felt NO hesitation at all in painting them. They are so small- if I ever got the urge for read wooden ones, it would be easy to just make them.

I am doing my decor in a Space theme... I thought wouldn't it be nice to get cool colored plastic panels to make new doors with? That would be SO nice. Some company, somewhere, makes such an item, I just know it- I'd just have to hunt.
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