How To Paint Laminate Furniture

Don't give up on painting your laminate furniture just because it seems nothing could stick to the glossy laminate surface. Use this simple guide to change it to the colour you want.

Laminate furniture is created with wood, almost always a particle board, that is covered with a thin laminate veneer. If you've ever dinged the side of a cheap desk or file cabinet with "wood" grain and seen a different kind of wood underneath you've seen a piece with a laminate finish.

You can't just take a gallon of latex paint to it, the adhesion is poor and the surface won't look right when you're done. At the craft and design blog Living with Lindsay, they turned an armoire from fake wood laminate to a nice bright white with some elbow grease, 220 grit sand paper, and a liberal application of primer and paint. Check out the link below for photos of the process and some more tips for working with laminate surfaces.

Have a painting trick of your own? Let's hear it in the comments.

How To Paint Laminate Furniture [via TipNut]


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    I recently painted my Laminate cupboards using a "Laminate Paint" from "White Knight" (in Australia) purchased from Bunnings. You need to purchase the "White Knight Laminate Undercoat / Primer" which you put on first, and then choose a colour for the laminate paint. Overall it made a huge difference to the look of my kitchen. The Laminate paint is not suitable for benchtops though! It might be worth mentioning that it only comes in Satin finish and that the colour may change when applied to the laminate. For more info: www.whiteknightpaints.com.au

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