Learn how to Paint Laminate – Give dated laminate furniture a new look by DIYing with paint. If you’re looking for a piece of furniture to paint you may think of passing over a piece of laminate furniture, but I’m going to show you how easy it is to paint laminate furniture! I received 2 laminate nightstands from my brother-in-law. They were FREE, in decent shape, but laminate. I’m going to share with you my step-by-step tutorial on How to Paint Laminate and give them a total makeover!
Here’s the nightstand that I started with.
Painting Laminate Supplies
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Prepping Laminate Furniture
The first thing I like to do is give the piece of furniture a good cleaning. I like to use a wet paper towel, rung out. If there is any sticky substance, Goo Be Gone works very well. If your piece is not in good condition, and needs some repairs then now is the time to take care of it.
There were a few chips and scrapes, so I used some wood filler to patch up those imperfections. Use the putty knife to apply to wood filler. Then let it dry before sanding it smooth. If you have a big chunk like this corner, or a deep scratch it might take two coats to get it filled completely.
How do you get paint to stick to laminate?
The right primer is the KEY to getting paint to stick to laminate!
Once the wood filler was dried I sanded over those areas with 100 grit sandpaper until it was smooth. I didn’t sand the rest of the piece because this primer is AMAZING! Wipe down the piece again to remove any of the dust from sanding.
This Bulls Eye primer is great for covering laminate. It sticks like no other primer I’ve tried… no sanding needed!! The primer creates a durable surface for the paint to stick to.
So I put on 2 coats of primer with a paintbrush, letting it dry well between coats.
How to Paint Laminate
When I applied the white paint, I used a foam brush and a foam roller. I gave the nightstands two coats of paint. I used leftover white paint that I had on hand. The key to painting laminate is that primer. If you have a good priming of the piece of furniture, then you get that adhesion between the furniture and the primer, then the paint can stick good to that. On that second coat of paint I make sure to take my time and that there is no drips and no brush strokes showing. I usually use the brush first to get into the small, harder to reach areas, then use the roller and go over all the areas.
What a transformation! The painting with primer and paint really covered over the veneer wood grain look.
See… painting laminate is super easy! So next time you see a cool piece of furniture that’s laminate, you might want to try painting it!
Here is another piece of laminate furniture I’ve painted…