DIY Guide to Painting Laminate Furniture (Before and After Makeovers)
The Ultimate Guide to Painting and Staining Laminate DRAFT
Is it possible to paint laminate furniture? This DIY Guide to painting laminate furniture will show you everything you need to know along with some stunning before and after reveals.
Not only is there a right way to paint laminate, but there are some easy tricks to make your project look like a painted solid-wood piece instead of low-cost laminate. To see how to use a faux paint stain on laminate, click here: How to Paint Laminate Furniture to Look Like Wood
Imagine yourself walking into a used furniture store on the hunt for the perfect desk. Then you see it… that furniture piece that is just the right size and style to transform into your ideal workspace.
As you walk up to it, you are SO disappointed. You realize it’s laminate and you aren’t sure exactly how to refinish it so your paint doesn’t peel off…
It is absolutely possible to paint laminate furniture so its durable, has a smooth finish and lasts as long as solid wood furniture
Knowing how to refinish laminate gives you so many more options when you’re on the hunt for a new project piece! No longer are you limited to solid wood but now you can redo just about any surface by knowing a few important but simple pro tips.
Be sure to check out the video tutorial that goes with this post and don’t forget to download my FREE Must-Have Painting Tips & Tricks HERE to save you time and money on refinishing furniture.
LET ME SHOW YOU:
- My tried and true process after painting dozens of laminate furniture pieces
- Tricks for painting cheap laminate furniture so no one can tell it’s laminate
- How to use paint to faux stain any kind of laminate and IKEA furniture
- The blessings of seeking satisfaction in God in this week’s Renovate Your Faith devotional at the bottom of this post.
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Quick Links to Information in this Post
- 1 The Ultimate Guide to Painting and Staining Laminate DRAFT
- 1.2 How do you get Paint to stock to Laminate?
- 1.3 What Happens If You Don’t Prime Laminate Furniture?
- 2 What is Laminate Wood Exactly?
- 4 How to Paint Cheap Laminate Furniture
- 5 The DIY Guide To Painting Laminate Furniture: Supplies Needed
- 6 How To Paint IKEA Laminate Furniture (Video Tutorial)
- 6.1 STEP 1: Remove Cabinet Doors, Drawers & All Hardware
- 6.2 Renovated Faith: What’s In a Name?
- 6.3 STEP 2: Tricks for Painting Laminated Furniture So It Looks Like Wood
- 6.4 STEP 3: Sand Laminate Furniture Before Priming
- 6.5 Can you Paint Laminate Furniture Without Sanding It?
- 6.6 STEP 4: Sand Edges So Your Laminate Furniture Looks Like Solid Wood
- 6.7 STEP 5: Always Prime Before Painting Laminate Furniture
- 6.8 What is the best Primer for laminate furniture?
- 6.9 STEP 6: Fill Seams On Laminate With Caulk
- 6.10 Step 7: How To Paint & Stain Laminate Wood
- 6.11 What is the Best Paint for Laminate Furniture?
- 6.12 Does Painted Laminate Furniture Need A Top Coat?
- 7 Painting Laminate Furniture (Before and After Makeovers)
- 7.1 Easy Laminate Console Table Faux Stained to Look Like Wood
- 7.2 Laminate Desk Makeover with Paint
- 7.3 Painted Laminate Shelves Used as a Media Center
- 7.4 Laminate Vanity Makeover with Paint
- 7.5 Accent Drawers with Molding
- 7.6 Add Some Fabric on Upcycled IKEA Furniture
- 7.8 Using Inlays To Upgrade Laminate Furniture
- 7.10 Everything Looks Better with Shiplap
- 7.12 Spruce Up the Sides of Drawers
- 7.14 Add New Legs to IKEA Furniture
- 7.15 Laminate Furniture Makeover Using Wallpaper
- 7.16 ☑️ My All-Time Best Furniture Painting Tips & Tricks (FREE PRINTABLE)
- 8 RENOVATE YOUR FAITH: The Blessings of Trusting God’s Direction
- 9 FREE Must-Have Painting Tips For Furniture
- 11 FAQs on DIY: Painting Laminate Furniture
- 11.1 How to Paint Laminate Cabinets
- 11.2 How To Paint White Laminate Furniture
- 11.3 How to Distress Laminate Furniture
- 11.4 How to Paint Laminate Furniture with Chalk Paint
- 11.5 How to Paint Spray Paint Laminate Furniture
- 11.6 How to Paint Laminate Paint without Sanding
- 11.7 What is the right primer for laminate furniture?
- 11.8 Can you use a paint sprayer on laminate furniture?
- 11.9 Can You Paint a Laminate Desk?
- 11.10 Can Laminate Be Painted Successfully?
- 12 Related Posts to How To Paint Laminate Furniture
- 13 How to Paint Laminate Furniture, YouTube Video
- 14 Final Thoughts on Painting Laminate Furniture (Before and After Makeovers)
- 15 Blessings,
- 16 Be sure to follow the fun here!
- 17 DIY Painting Laminate Furniture
How do you get Paint to stock to Laminate?
Painting laminate furniture is not difficult as long as you do one important step – priming before painting! But priming furniture is so easy when you have the right tools and the right primer.
Also, it is not really adding any time to the process because the primer layer provides the same coverage as one of your coats of paint. In other words, you are not adding any extra work to painting over laminate because priming just replaces a paint coat.
What Happens If You Don’t Prime Laminate Furniture?
Laminate or furniture with any kind of plastic or epoxy coating is very slick which means the paint cannot grab onto it. Because the paint can’t adhere well to the surface you will more than likely run into one of these problems:
Bubbles Appear As You Paint
You will notice that as you paint over the surface bubbles appear with each stroke. As you try to brush over them again, they keep appearing because the paint can’t even, bubbles appear, no matter how many times you roll over them they still break up the surface of the paint because they can’t adhere.
The Paint Peels When Touched
If you paint over laminate surfaces without primer, your dried paint job can look great but you find that it peels with very little pressure on the surface. This is the surface of my daughter’s secretary which I intentionally sanded but did not prime. As expected, the paint job looked great at first, but rubbing my finger across the dried surface caused the paint to peel off in large pieces.
You can see how the paint did not adhere and just slid off the surface. Fortunately, it was only the top surface I didn’t prime in order to show what happens when you don’t prime furniture. At that point, your only alternative is to re-sand and start the whole process over again.
Surface Bubbles and Peels When Comes In Contact With Water
Because I’ve made lots of mistakes in painting furniture, there was one laminate piece I didn’t prime. It seemed well until I put a wet glass on it. I only put it on the surface for a few seconds but the moisture was just enough to make the paint peel in a big sheet.
What is Laminate Wood Exactly?
Laminate furniture is made mostly of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), which is composed of small shavings a of lower-quality wood pressed and glued together. Therefore, it’s strong but highly susceptible to water damage (this process will help to protect the surface though). A very thin printed sheet of wood or paper covers the MDF to mimic the look of solid wood. (This paint process also works for other plastic or epoxy-coated flat surfaces.)
How To Paint Laminate Furniture LIke a Pro
Did you know it’s possible to paint laminate pieces of furniture so no one can tell they are laminate? In this post, I’ll show you some easy tricks so that your furniture piece looks like a painted piece of solid wood furniture that came straight from Pottery Barn.
How to Paint Cheap Laminate Furniture
I saw this secretary desk on Facebook Marketplace and knew it had serious potential, and thought it would be perfect to re-finish as a desk for my daughter Morgan. I did not realize it was laminate until I saw it in person but that didn’t stop me!
FURNITURE BUYING TIP – The good thing about mistakes is that you learn from them. I had committed to buying this piece before I saw it, not realizing it was laminate. I still probably would have purchased it but I probably paid more than I would have because I could have haggled some based on the fact that it wasn’t solid wood. It also had some water damage that I didn’t notice. Now I know to never commit to anything until I see it in person. Lesson learned!
The DIY Guide To Painting Laminate Furniture: Supplies Needed
- Electric Mouse Sander – Who wants to sand by hand when you could use an electric sander?!? They are SO easy to use. If you know how to iron, then you already know how to use a sander and it’s so much more fun! It will make any project go so much faster with very little effort on your part. Here is the one I use now, the Black and Decker Sander Also, you can check out my beginner tutorial on How to Sand Furniture in Less Than 5 minutes.
- Sanding Pads You can also use a sanding block or sand paper.
- Caulk (Optional)
- Zinsser Cover Stain – This is an oil-based primer that works best on shiny surfaces like laminate. You can also find it in big box stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot.
- Foam Roller and Paint Tray Combo– This roller is my secret weapon in painting without brush strokes. It is amazing!
- Paint – I used Behr Ultra in Satin but since I blind-tested and reviewed 24 furniture paints, I now prefer Benjamin Moore Advance. You can see the full results for each paint brand here: The Absolute Best Paint for Furniture
- Paint Sticks
- Dry Cloth
- Painter’s Tape or Masking Tape (Optional)
- FREE Must-Have Painting Tips for Furniture – Don’t forget to download my free printable full of furniture painting tips & tricks to save you time and money. You can download your FREE checklist here.
How To Paint IKEA Laminate Furniture (Video Tutorial)
You can reference my video on how to paint laminate furniture from IKEA. It’s the same exact process but just on the desk made out of a door for my craft room. The video should come up as a pop-up but if you have trouble seeing it, you can find it on my YouTube channel here:
STEP 1: Remove Cabinet Doors, Drawers & All Hardware
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The first step is to unscrew all the hardware and put it aside in a plastic baggie for safekeeping. I also removed the trim from the top to give it a more streamlined, modern look. (Fortunately, it just unscrewed.) I decided to take off the cabinet doors permanently to have open shelves.
You can see how I upcycled the doors here: Home Office Calendar
Should You Assemble Laminate Furniture Before Painting?
If you are painting a brand-new piece of IKEA furniture, go ahead and assemble it before painting. That’s because if you paint the individual pieces ahead of time, at every joint, you’ll be able to tell it was assembled. Painting afterward fills any tiny gaps between parts with so you won’t be able to tell it’s cheap laminate. Also, parts might not fit together as well if there is a thicker area of paint.
Renovated Faith: What’s In a Name?
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STEP 2: Tricks for Painting Laminated Furniture So It Looks Like Wood
Laminate furniture is easy to spot. The sharp corners and peg holes are a dead giveaway. If we are going to go to the trouble of painting our laminate furniture, we might as well make a couple of adjustments so our final makeover looks like a high-end piece of painted furniture.
Laminate furniture pieces often have several rows of peg holes so the shelves can be adjusted easily. It is a nice option to readjust shelves but it makes the furniture look cheap. So, we are going to decide where we want our shelves to stay, and fill all the peg holes except those.
To fill them, I used my putty knife to glop on the wood filler. You want to put it on thick because when it is time to sand, you will sand down to the level of the top of the hole. Wait a day for the wood filler to dry before sanding. Here is a pic before sanding and after sanding. Notice the pegs in the holes that I want
While I had the wood filler out, I also filled some gaps in the legs that were caused by water damage. Priming the entire piece will make it less susceptible to water damage like this in the future.
If your furniture piece is a thrift store find that is not in good condition, you can repair any damage with this post: The Ultimate Guide to Fix Furniture Damage
STEP 3: Sand Laminate Furniture Before Priming
Sanding laminate furniture is a good idea when painting glossy or smooth surfaces. You are not sanding off the laminate, you are just giving the surface a light sanding so the surface is no longer as thick. Find out how to sand furniture in less than 5 minutes here: A Beginner’s Guide to Furniture Sanding. Sand enough that the surface looks like this:
Can you Paint Laminate Furniture Without Sanding It?
We know from our experiment before that you cannot paint laminate furniture without priming it. Sanding is a really good idea because it is one more step toward having a layer of paint that will adhere well to the surface.
Sometimes furniture transformations start to look worse before they get better, but you won’t believe the beautiful finish you’ll get on your furniture piece when you’re done!
STEP 4: Sand Edges So Your Laminate Furniture Looks Like Solid Wood
While your sander is still out, sand down the edges just slightly. One difference between laminate furniture and solid wood is the edges of laminate furniture are much sharper and straighter, almost plastic-looking. Solid wood edges are slightly rounded so you want to simulate this look by running your sander along the edges like so. See how I’m barely sanding that edge in the video.
STEP 5: Always Prime Before Painting Laminate Furniture
After sanding, wipe down your furniture piece with a damp rag or tack cloth to remove any sanding dust. Because I’m using an oil-based primer, I would have to clean my roller with mineral spirits which I don’t always love doing. So oftentimes, I will just brush on the primer with a cheap brush and throw away the brush when I’m done.
What is the best Primer for laminate furniture?
I love to use Zinnser Cover Stain because it is an oil-based primer that adheres well and the fumes are not very strong. Another option is Zinnser BIN, a shellac-based primer, but the fumes are really strong and it doesn’t cover as well. The only time I use BIN instead of Cover Stain is when I have a problem with knotholes that bleed through coats of paint. BIN is great for that.
TIME-SAVING TIP: You’ll notice in the video that the Cover Stain primer for my office desk is gray. That’s because I had it tinted to a gray slightly lighter than the gray paint. This is so helpful with coverage so I need to do fewer paint coats. If you are painting your laminate furniture a dark color, consider having your home improvement store prime it to a color that’s close to your paint color to cut down on coats.
Paint on your primer with your roller or with a paintbrush in places the roller won’t reach. Be sure to put on a thick coat of primer. Let the primer dry for about 4 hours before you start painting. If you have a lot of brush or roller marks, you can sand at this point too but it’s optional.
STEP 6: Fill Seams On Laminate With Caulk
Often the back panel of laminate furniture is just a thin piece of wood with long vertical seams. This is another sign that your furniture piece is laminate but it can be easily filled with caulk so it looks like the back is solid wood.
The next step is to fill any seams with caulk. I like to do this after I’ve primed because it makes the seams so much easier to see. You want to use caulk instead of wood filler on these seams because the panel is flexible and so is caulk. If you don’t have a caulk gun, you can get a tube like this.
Squirt the caulk on the seam like toothpaste. It’s okay if your line is really messy! Then wet your index finger and smooth out the seam. Wipe off any extra on the edges with your finger or a baby wipe. Let it dry for a couple of hours before painting. To see exactly how to fill gaps in furniture with caulk, see my Beginner’s Guide to Furniture Painting.
Sometimes it’s addressing the small details that make ALL the difference in the look of your final furniture piece. You will be so amazed how your furniture no longer looks like cheap laminate after finishing this process!
To cover a seam in laminate furniture, you can also cover it with beadboard wallpaper as I did here: Easy NO-BUILD DIY Media Center Hack
Step 7: How To Paint & Stain Laminate Wood
To paint a faux stain on your laminate furniture, you can now continue onto one of those tutorials, starting first with the step where you paint on a base coat. You can find all of those options for faux stains here:
Options for Staining Laminate Furniture With a Faux Stain
- Raw Wood Faux Stain
- Restoration Hardware Faux Stain
- Driftwood Faux Stain
- 6 Traditional Stains to Choose From!
If you want your laminate furniture to be a solid color, start painting on your first coat of paint with your roller. I like to use a microfiber roller to paint and this roller (click here) is the best I’ve found by far!
What is the Best Paint for Laminate Furniture?
One of the most common questions I get is “What kind of paint do I use on laminate furniture?” I like to use Sherwin Williams Pro-Classic Water-based Acrylic Alkyd. I love this paint because it has the benefits of water-based and oil-based paint as seen in my post Milk Paint vs. Chalk Paint vs. Latex Paint.
This is not necessary but before the second coat of paint, I like to sand over the piece very lightly to get the paint strokes or roller marks out. As I said, this is not required but I’m a little OCD about brush strokes.
After your first coat has dried, paint on a second coat so you have full coverage!
Does Painted Laminate Furniture Need A Top Coat?
When deciding whether to apply a clear coat, the first thing you should consider is if you need extra durability for pieces that get a lot of wear and tear. Especially if you have used a good quality paint, I would only add this extra step on heavy-use pieces like dining tables and coffee tables. If you are looking for a high-quality clear coat, you can find the best one for your project and how to apply it with a foam brush here: The Best Clear Coats For Painted Furniture
I bought some new hinges but spray pained the bottom drawer handles in my favorite spray paint for furniture hardware. After the paint dries for 24 hours, you can add the hardware. Didn’t it turn out cute???
Most importantly, Morgan adores it and it looks so cute in the corner of her room. Now if I can just get her to finish her homework at her desk instead of pretending it’s a makeup table!
I made over a chair to match and added some sequin trim to give my girl some bling.
Painting Laminate Furniture (Before and After Makeovers)
This white laminate console table was so much fun to refinish in my faux raw wood finish. It’s hard to believe that the finish is only glaze and latex paint. I’m so happy with how it turned out. One of my favorite things about upcycling furniture is giving old pieces of furniture new life!
Easy Laminate Console Table Faux Stained to Look Like Wood
Did you know that you can paint laminate furniture to look like wood? I updated this cheap white laminate console table to have a faux natural wood finish with latex paint. To see how I did this and other stain shades, check out this post: How to Paint Laminate Furniture to Look Like Wood
I also refinished this IKEA desk to be the vertical towers of my desk made out of a door. You can see the full process here: DIY Desk Made From A Door (IKEA Klimpen Hack)
Laminate Desk Makeover with Paint
This laminate desk had a lot of water damage on the surface but after some sanding, it is amazing how well it turned out: Easy Writing Desk Makeover
Painted Laminate Shelves Used as a Media Center
My media center is actually two laminate bookcases combined with a dresser I found on clearance. I painted the espresso-colored bookcases the same white as the dresser. Then, I added beadboard wallpaper to the back panel to make them look higher-end. I wanted them to have a little color so I painted the back panels in Sonata Blue by Behr. You can see the media center transformation here and how to add beadboard wallpaper to furniture here.
Laminate Vanity Makeover with Paint
It’s so amazing to see what a coat of paint can do. This project needed some love but after the right prep work you can make laminate furniture look as good as painted solid wood furniture if not better: Makeup Table Makeover in Blue
Accent Drawers with Molding
Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule does two things I love here to completely transform this IKEA Dresser. For one thing, she isn’t afraid of color. No one is thinking “IKEA” when you see that stunning blue that is accented with gold. The addition of the molding gives this dresser a pop of detail and glam! You can see the full tutorial here: Fancy Blue and Gold Chest
Add Some Fabric on Upcycled IKEA Furniture
Anika never ceases to amaze me with her projects and this one is no exception. She adds lots of texture and character by adding fabric to each door and framing each with molding. You can see the full details here: Textured Fabric Paneled Dresser
Using Inlays To Upgrade Laminate Furniture
One of the easiest ways to glam up laminate IKEA furniture is with an inlay like Monica did at Monica Wants It. She knocks this transformation out of the park by adding a gold inlay to the cabinet doors of this IKEA Besta Unit here: Home Office Decor Room Reveal
Everything Looks Better with Shiplap
Angela at Angela Marie Made completely transformed this IKEA Billy Bookcase with shiplap on the back panel. I also love that shade of navy! You can see the full painting process here: IKEA Billy Bookcase Hack with Shiplap
Spruce Up the Sides of Drawers
Morgan and Sean from Charleston Crafted gave this IKEA Hemnes dresser a major facelift by adding new legs, trim, fresh paint, and wallpaper to the sides of the drawers. I love how the wallpaper covers the raw wood and coordinates with their walls! You can see their full post here: IKEA Henmes Dresser Mid-Century Modern Hack
Add New Legs to IKEA Furniture
One easy update for any furniture piece is to add legs. Pick furniture legs that add more style and class to your furniture piece than the basic straight legs that often come with the furniture. Be sure to check out this post on How to Add Legs to Any Furniture Project.
Laminate Furniture Makeover Using Wallpaper
One of my favorite methods for an EASY transformation is beadboard wallpaper. You can see a full tutorial and get some ideas here: How to Add Beadboard Wallpaper to Furniture
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RENOVATE YOUR FAITH: The Blessings of Trusting God’s Direction
Nothing would put me to sleep faster than reading through Leviticus. Every New Year, I would start my “Read Through the Bible in a Year” plan and was pretty consistent for the first couple months. However, it never failed that once I reached Leviticus, I got bogged down with the rules, ceremonies and offerings that seem all too foreign to my lifestyle.
Fortunately, this year was different. To hopefully pique my interest in Leviticus, I decided to do a little research online and surprisingly, I got far more than I bargained for.
As I tried to envision life as a 30-something Israelite woman, the first couple chapters came to life for me. Her morning started very differently from mine….
“This morning my husband rose at dawn to choose the morning’s sacrifice – unfortunately this particular lamb was one of my daughter’s favorites. We own lots of livestock but we strive to select only animals that are perfect, or as close as possible, because that is what the burnt offering requires.
As my husband stands in line at the outer temple, Israelites from far and wide make their way to the end of the line at the tabernacle. Surrounded by the site, smell and sounds of young animals led to slaughter, he dreads these trips, but he faithfully goes morning and evening. When reaching the front of the line, each person must lay his hand on the head of the animal in order to identify with it – to help us remember the price of our sinfulness. There is nothing more heart-wrenching than seeing a lamb innocently sacrificed for your own sinfulness.”
As I read through Leviticus 1 with fresh eyes, I came to realize that this was an everyday occurrence for a Jewish family as Moses led them through the wilderness. The male in the family would not only go once a day to sacrifice an animal, but twice a day usually, and even three times on the Sabbath and special occasions. There were various other kinds of sacrifices but the burnt offering was most common.
As grueling as these repeated trips to the tabernacle must have been, the Israelites knew the burnt offerings were a means to avoid God’s wrath and obtain favor as the offering itself was a fragrant offering to the Lord. Their sacrifice symbolized their faith in God and intention to love Him with all their heart, soul mind, and strength. They also served a reminder of the high cost of their sin and their constant need for forgiveness.
The Israelite of that day should have seen that a better method of atonement for their sin was coming. They saw how the death of Isaac was prevented by the sacrifice of the ram, and could see their salvation would be carried out is some greater way in the future…but how?
It is written in John 1:29, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” Now the animal sacrifice is obsolete because Jesus Christ was the ultimate unblemished sacrifice for our sin once for all. We no longer need to make daily trips to the tabernacle because Jesus is the perfect sacrifice once we come into a saving relationship with Him.
The burnt offering is obsolete, but its application towards our worship is not. The burnt offerings were unique from many of the other types of offering, because the whole animal was consumed on the altar as opposed to only the part of the sacrifice.
Romans 12:1 states, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Under the New covenant, Christian service in church and community is compared to a sacrifice as we focus to worship Him in how we live our lives. As the burnt offering was a TOTAL sacrifice, our lives as a whole should be focused on Him.
God wants all of us. He designed us to be consumed with Him. When false idols compete with our time, resources and attention, we worship them in a sense. The problem with false idols is that our hearts, minds and bodies were only designed to worship one thing – God. When we put stock in the worship of false gods, it will damage us in one form or another. Timothy Keller said in Every Good Endeavor, “Our bodies are not designed to handle sin.”
The “false god” I struggle with most is food. Too often I go to food for comfort or to celebrate small personal victories – things I should go to God for. So many times, instead of me consuming food, I allow it to consume me. If I continued in this behavior, the repetitive nature of my sin would eventually lead to an unhealthy lifestyle not only physically but spiritually and emotionally. God wants to be our “all in all” and that’s how He designed us – We are most fulfilled when we are consumed with Him. To be consumed with God means that He is our source of strength, comfort and joy.
The Israelites struggled regularly with the sin of worshiping other gods. Before Moses could even get down Mt. Sinai with the 10 commandments, they were already making offerings to their golden calf. Time and time again they proved to be unfaithful to His law. He knew man would need constant reminders to keep them focused on Him, which is partly why the burnt offerings were hen we are struggling in order to avoid false idols in our lives.
We no longer make daily trips to sacrifice a perfect lamb from our flock, because the ultimate sacrifice is made. Our debt was paid in Jesus Christ. May we rest in knowing that He is the only one that is worthy of our praise as we were designed to be devoted to Him. Nothing else can compare to the joy and fulfillment of living a life consumed with Him.
For more spiritual encouragement, click here for the rest of my project posts that also include Renovate Your Faith devotionals.
Here is the side-by-side comparison of the desk:
Now I have a beautiful piece of furniture that no one would ever guess is laminate!
It works so well in Morgan’s room. Secretary desks are such a perfect addition to any kid’s room because they don’t take up much space but are essentially a bookshelf, desk, and small dresser in one!
You can also check out my post How to Paint IKEA furniture for more tips and tricks!
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FAQs on DIY: Painting Laminate Furniture
How to Paint Laminate Cabinets
You can use the same process above to paint laminate kitchen cabinets. Just make sure you put a thick coat of the Cover Stain on before painting because the last thing you want is peeling laminate cabinets.
How To Paint White Laminate Furniture
Painting furniture white can be more time-consuming because it takes more coats of paint to get coverage because white has the least amount of pigment. If you want some tips and tricks on making the process go faster, see this post: How To Paint Furniture White
How to Distress Laminate Furniture
Normally you would distress furniture by sanding edges down to the original wood but since there is no solid wood under laminate, I recommend using paint to get the look of distressed edges. Here is a great tutorial: How To Distress Furniture With Paint
How to Paint Laminate Furniture with Chalk Paint
I’m not a fan of chalk paint because on too many problems I’ve seen a much smoother and more durable finish with latex paint. Here’s why: Why I don’t Use Chalk Paint on Furniture If you really want to chalk paint laminate furniture, just follow this tutorial until the step where you start to paint and use chalk paint for that portion. You will have to of course use wax or you can use one of these clear coats: Easier Clear Coat Options For Chalk Paint.
Did you know you can also use milk paint on laminate? Again, just follow this tutorial up until the point you paint. Unfortunately, one of the pros of milk paint is that it creates a really cool vintage effect when it soaks into the grains of solid wood. So, you won’t get that with laminate but you can still get a beautiful look with milk paint.
How to Paint Spray Paint Laminate Furniture
You can use a spray gun and even spray paint on laminate furniture. If you go with spray paint, I would only reserve that for smaller pieces like a small chair or stool because the cost of spray paint can get pretty high. Be sure to check out my free printable spray painting tips here to get a gorgeous finish. If you go with spray paint, you can also youse a spray-on primer. Zinsser Cover Stain also comes in a spray which you can find here: Cover Stain Spray Primer
How Do I Paint An Intricate Design On Top of Laminated Wood
If you want to paint a detailed design on laminate, you have two options. One is to follow the directions above and go over your painted surface with a brush or stencil. The other is painted on the laminate with a tinted primer. Most home improvement stores including Lowe’s and Home Depot will tint Cover Stain for you if you buy it there. Pick out a paint sample and they can usually get pretty close. So you don’t mess up your design, here’s how to stencil on wood flawlessly: How To Stencil On Wood Without Paint Bleed
How to Paint Laminate Paint without Sanding
I don’t recommend painting laminate furniture without sanding because sanding helps the primer to adhere correctly to your furniture piece. Sanding only takes 5 minutes and I’d hate to see you have to redo your furniture piece so to make sure the paint adheres properly I always recommend sanding before applying a white primer.
What is the right primer for laminate furniture?
There are several primers are the market and more than one will give you good adhesion to laminate surfaces. Good oil-based options are Zinnser Cover Stain, Kilz Primer and Zinnser BIN Shellac Based Primer. Good water-based primers (latex primers) are Zinnser Bullseye and Stix.
Can you use a paint sprayer on laminate furniture?
As long as you prep laminate furniture with a light sanding and the proper primer, you can apply paint with a paint sprayer just like any other furniture piece.
Can You Paint a Laminate Desk?
Wondering how to paint a desk with laminate? The key to painting a laminate desk is ensuring that the laminate top never peels and has a smooth finish. Using one or two coats of primer helps to give you better adhesion but also acts as a base coat of paint so the laminate surface has a durable paint finish.
Can Laminate Be Painted Successfully?
Learning how to paint over high-gloss laminate furniture is easy when you do the right prep work and use the right kind of paint. Using the right type of paint and the best primer will ensure you get the best results and avoid an uneven finish with brush strokes. This blog post shows you how to get a long-lasting finish so your thrift store find looks like brand new furniture even after years of use.
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How to Paint Laminate Furniture, YouTube Video
Final Thoughts on Painting Laminate Furniture (Before and After Makeovers)
Whether you are painting furniture for the first time or you’re an old pro, this tutorial shows you how to paint laminate furniture so it looks like high-quality wood furniture. Not only will your furniture piece be stunning, but you can be confident it will last for years to come!
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DIY Painting Laminate Furniture
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