How To Paint Over Laminate Furniture – With Chalk Paint


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How To Paint Over Laminate Furniture - With Chalk Paint
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Hello creative friends! We’ve all been there when we find what we think is the perfect piece for a makeover and then to find out… not so much. I found it on FB Market Place for $40, and if you know anything about MCM furniture, that’s a real steal! Yeah, baby! This credenza would be the find of 2021! wah wah… 🙁 Well, it was until I went to pick it up. That’s when I discovered it had a laminate top. Bummer. I could still think of no reason not to purchase this piece. Today, I’ll show you how to paint over laminate furniture and made it look like a million bucks. Well, maybe I exaggerated a bit.

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How To Paint Over Laminate Furniture – the right way!

I hate to repeat the same ole song and dance routine (I actually like to dance, but I’m not good at it), but you probably already know what I’m going to say if you’ve been following me for any length of time. You MUST PREP your furniture before you paint. Even more important when you’re painting over laminate furniture.

Gather Your Supplies

STEP 1: The Prep

Begin with a scuff sanding over the laminate surface with fine-grit sandpaper or a sanding block. I like the blocks as they are easier on the hands. And if you have an electric sander, by all means, pull that bad boy out. I’m all about quick and easy. After you have sanded the surface, you will need to clean it well. This can be done with a product called White Lightning. It cuts the dirt grime and anything else that could cause your paint finish to fail. Again, don’t miss this step. After cleaning with this product, be sure and rinse the surfaces clean with water and towel dry. Now you’re ready to proceed to the next step.

Yes, laminate furniture can be painted over but don't miss these crucial steps before attempting this.

STEP 2: Creating A Bond For The Paint To Adhere To On Laminate

Creating a bond for the paint to adhere to is easy, and my recommended product to use is Slick Stick. The name says it all. Use this product to prepare any slick surface you want to paint. Surfaces like PVC, glass, Formica, laminate, metal, and more are easily painted and stay painted.

*Slick is a problem-solving product and is not needed for every painted surface.

How To Use Slick Stick

  1. Application

    Apply one coat of the Slick Stick bonding primer with a quality synthetic paintbrush and allow to dry 2-3 hours to dry at room temperature. Apply a second coat and allow to dry overnight before painting your project.

    * I like to test the surface by lightly scratching my fingernail across it the next day. This reassures me that the bond is solid and ready for paint.

Always use a bonding primer before painting over laminate surfaces and furniture.

STEP 3: Applying Paint Over Laminate Furniture

Now that your surface has been prepared, choose a good quality paint in your choice color and paint away! Of course, I prefer chalk mineral paint over latex, but it’s your choice. For this project, I chose to use Caviar (black chalk mineral paint) and was worried about painting over white but was pleasantly surprised when it was covered in two coats. Who doesn’t love black?

Apply two coats of your favorite chalky based paint and now no one will ever know it's a laminate piece of furniture.

STEP 4: Apply A Top Coat For Added Durability On Laminate

Lastly, you’ll want to add a top coat over your newly painted laminate surface for extra durability.

Check out the edgy design I chose for this MCM Credenza and I'm seriously swooning over those hairpin legs. Hello, I think the 1970s wants its furniture back! And no one will know it's laminate. It's our secret.
Learn how I painted over this 1970s piece of laminate furniture and gave it an edgy feel. I love the modern vibe!

Check out the edgy design I chose for this MCM Credenza, and I’m seriously swooning over those hairpin legs. Hello, I think the 1970s wants its furniture back! And no one will know it’s laminate. It’s our secret.

Thanks again for joining me while I love on some ugly laminate furniture. Did you like this makeover or have suggestions for other design ideas… I would love to hear them in the comment section below. Have a super week. πŸ™‚

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Until the next project… xo, Do

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32 Comments

  • I love the retro look and it turned out great. Thanks for the info on painting laminate. I usually avoid it when looking for used furniture, but with this info I will consider laminate in the future for my projects!

  • Do,
    as usual it turned out beautiful. I liked your tip with the painters tape for the handle too!

  • Sencillo y bonito….
    ‘‘‘ Me encantó !!!

  • So happy to help. Yes, sometimes we pass up great opportunities because we don’t know. πŸ™‚

  • Hi Do, love it, as I do all your work!!😊 I’m ready to make the transition from reading about painting furniture to actually doing it! One thing that I can’t find a lot of information on is colors. I am mostly interested in what colors are trending in 2021. I do understand the neutrals, and personal color preferences. If you have any other suggestions for colors when flipping furniture in 2021 I would love to hear them!! Thanks so much! Holly

  • Hi Donna, I apologize in advance if I missed where you discussed with what and how you filled the rather large holes left by the previous handles. I’m just wondering how much time it took to fill them and if that held up the rest of the project?
    Otherwise, I think I was as pleasantly surprised as some ot your other fans. What a great job!
    Kerry Dillenburg

  • I like it!! Its not even my style and I think it looks great. It’s an eye catcher.

  • Love how you keep expanding our horizons… and paint supply collections!

  • Did you bleach the door fronts or just leave them and only paint the half circles?

  • Hi Jo Ann, I just painted over them. The wood veneer was still good and intact. πŸ™‚

  • Thanks, Suzzane. I like to use different products. I guess it’s creative in me. πŸ™‚

  • Thank you so much! I appreciate that, Joanne. πŸ™‚

  • Thank you, Sandy! I appreciate your kindness. πŸ™‚

  • Awe, I’m so glad you’re enjoying them. πŸ™‚ xo

  • Hi Holly,

    Trends are one thing… I suggest you research what colors are popular in the area you want to sell in. Example: In my area (farming) neutrals sell. If I paint a brightly colored piece, it doesn’t sell. I hope this helps. πŸ™‚

  • πŸ™‚ Now if someone would pay me a million bucks for it I would be a happy gal. Thank you, my friend. xo

  • How did you cover the old handles before putting the new ones on?

  • This is an amazing transformation, Do. Can you tell me how you did the circles so perfectly. I love this look.
    thx
    Cheryl

  • I’m sorry if I missed it but I’m not seeing where you address how you got the lighter wood grain on the doors from it’s original image. Is it just the lighting of the 2 pictures or did you sand it down a little and that made it lighter? A couple other people asked in your article on Hometalk too.

  • Hi Carol. I lightly sanded the door and left the wood natural. I added a clear top coat to seal the wood. Hope this helps. πŸ™‚ xo

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