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Painting Laminate Furniture

My 16 year old daughter just "inherited" her grandparents old bedroom furniture. It is brown Laminate. It doesn't match her room. I was thinking of painting it white. Any suggestions on how and what I should use?

Shirley from IL


Painting Laminate Furniture

Prime it with a coat of Kilz so the chosen color will stick. (01/11/2006)

Painting Laminate Furniture

It may also help to rub a scotchbright pad over the whole area. This will help the primer stick to it, so it won't scratch as easily. Just rub it over the area enough to scuff it lightly. (01/11/2006)

By Felicia

Painting Laminate Furniture

Are you talking melamine type furniture? There are paints made specifically for this type of painting. I did my counter tops and they did rather well until I could afford to replace them. As Felicia and the guest mentioned, scuff them up, use a good primer sealer, the color and then I used marine poly to seal the counter tops, as they had a lot of wear and tear. There are a number of websites which give you good ideas of how to do this. Unfortunately I did not save any of them, as that was a number of years ago. Good luck! (01/11/2006)


By PrairieLady

Painting Laminate Furniture

I am just in the process of doing what you are talking about. First scuff the surface with fine sandpaper. Then use a bonding primer - it is an oil based primer but you can put latex paint over top. You may need several coats of the white paint. But so far so good. Good Luck (02/01/2006)


Painting Laminate Furniture

Are you talking laminate or veneer? There is a real market for old veneer furniture. There is also a new spray paint that even works on plastic furniture. Check with a hardware store. I think it is made by Krylon. Good luck.


By Vicka

Painting Laminate Furniture

If the top of the dresser is plastic, as often was the case, you could make a faux marble top with marbled contact paper. I have done that several times quite successfully. Then with sanding, the rest shouldn't be too hard to paint white - have you thought of antiquing it off-white? That way, any imperfections would be masked. (08/29/2007)

By pamphyila

Painting Laminate Furniture

I'm currently undergoing this same project with a bunch of mismatched laminate furniture. I bought spray paint specifically designed for plastics or any other nonporous surface (in this case laminate). When you use this kind of paint you don't even have to prime or sand, just spray it on and let it dry. It looks very nice, not professional quality of course, but it does the job very well. Hope this helps. (03/04/2008)

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