I’m often asked if painting laminate furniture is possible. How do I paint laminate furniture? Well, the process is pretty much exactly like painting any other type of furniture. When painting furniture of any kind proper preparation is critical. Painting is the easy part. The prep work is the hard part. Honestly, prep work sucks, but it is so important. Good prep work is what will make for a quality paint finish that will last for years to come.
I mentioned yesterday that I am painting a laminate dresser that came out of a smokers home. Cleaning was the first step in properly preparing this dresser for paint (cleaning is a big deal, paint will not stick to grime and gunk). After a good scrub down this dresser was ready for the next step… primer.
Choosing the right primer is really important. This dresser is made of laminate, so a bonding or adhesive primer is the best choice. When painting a high gloss, non porous surface look for a primer that specifically states on its label that it adheres to those types of surfaces. Zinsser Cover Stain is a bond coat that sticks to ALL surfaces. The label even says that sanding is not necessary, but I sand a little bit anyways.
I consider sanding another necessary step in the prep work. I always sand every piece of furniture that I paint with a 220 grit sandpaper. Just a light sanding is all it takes to create a tooth for the paint to adhere to.
I chose to use an oil based primer on this dresser. The reason I used oil is because, as I mentioned yesterday, this dresser was covered in nicotine stains. Nicotine is a water soluble stain and water soluble stains are best blocked with oil based primer.
Here the dresser is with one coat of primer on it. You can see that the primer got excellent coverage, so one coat will do the job. I hope to get a coat of bright yellow on it sometime soon, but it is supposed to rain like crazy for a few days and rain is not good painting weather.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. My mom and I offer furniture painting services, simple upholstery, and custom slipcovers.
We have been painting furniture for clients for over a decade now. The two of us have been sewing our whole lives. We've sewn things like prom dresses and bathing suits, but back in 2008 we decided to focus our seamstress abilities on home decorative items; specifically custom made slipcovers.
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services.