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, but the lower half was a wood veneer. 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
- Laminate Furniture
- Gloves (for protection)
- Sanding Pad (abrasives for scuff sanding) or Electric Sander
- White Lightning (powerful cleaner to remove dirt and grime)
- Synthetic Paint Brush (good quality) not that cheap stuff!
- SLICK STICK (this is the product that gives your slick surfaces something to hang on to… AKA paint)
- Caviar (chalk mineral paint)
- Satin Clear Coat
- Hardware Brushed Brass Cabinet Pulls
- Hairpin Legs 16 inch
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.
* The wood veneer on the lower was also sanded to give the wood a lighter appearance.
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
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.
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?
STEP 4: Apply A Top Coat For Added Durability On Laminate
Lastly, you’ll want to add a topcoat over your newly painted laminate surface for extra durability. I used the same top coat to seal the wood veneer.
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. 🙂
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Until the next project… xo, Do