How to paint laminate cabinet

What's the best products and steps to paint a faux wood accent cabinet. I don't want the paint to chip off in a few months! Thanks!
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  • Shari Shari on Oct 27, 2014
    It really isn't hard. First, make sure the cabinet is clean of dust and grime. You can then lightly sand and wipe away sanding dust or do like I do--avoid sanding by wiping the cabinet down with a "liquid sandpaper" (also known as "deglosser") product. Using a brush or roller, give the cabinet 1 or 2 light coats of a good BONDING primer, allowing adequate drying time between coats and before your first coat of paint. Your primer is key to getting the paint to stick long-term. I would then apply several light coats of a good interior latex paint with a brush or roller. Applying a protective top coat is optional. A few random tips... I do not recommend the all-in-one primer and paint combos. They might be okay for walls but I have not been happy using them on furniture pieces. Buy the best quality paint you can afford. It really does make a difference on furniture. Multiple light coats of primer and paint dry faster and harder than 1 or 2 heavy coats. If you want a nice, smooth and even finish, do not try to use paint from an aerosol can (or spray-on protective top coats). There is a time and place for spray-on products but furniture isn't it. It just doesn't give a professional finish for furniture (like an accent cabinet). Depending on weather conditions, latex paint can take several weeks to fully cure. Until it has cured, anything you place on the cabinet can stick (and pull off your paint) so give it ample curing time (after it is dry to the touch) before you put anything in or on it. Most important--just take your time.
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    • Shari Shari on Oct 27, 2014
      @Dana Bryniarski Glad I could be of help. :) Yes, I have tried homemade chalk paint and did not like it, at all. Too much work sanding, trying to get it all nice and smooth. I've used Annie Sloan's chalk paint too. For me, it just doesn't live up to all the hype. I've tried to like it. I really, really have but frankly, I am not a huge fan of sloppy paint jobs and chippy paint, at least for the furniture in my home. It is possible to get a finer finish out of chalk paint but it takes more time and effort, and many coats of paint to get good coverage. It's definitely not as quick and easy as everyone makes it out to be. Latex paint gives me the finish I prefer with far less work. Besides endless paint colors available in latex paint, I can also pick my sheen level (I usually use Satin or Semi-gloss) which eliminates the waxing (or top coat) step which is required to bring up the shine of the flat, matte chalk paint. After I get the last coat of latex paint on, I'm DONE (since I prefer not to use poly or any kind of top coat on my painted furniture). I've also used Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint. I much prefer MMS milk paint over chalk paint. Since MMS milk paint comes in powder form and needs to be mixed with water (and Bonding Agent if you don't want chipping), it can be a little tricky to get mixed up well but I like the way it goes on. It's also cheaper than AS chalk paint. I have used MMS (clear and white) waxes but typically, I prefer the ease of the Hemp Oil she carries in her milk paint line for sealing. She has also come out with a Tough Coat sealer that I would like to try (and there will be some new paint colors introduced some time after the first of the year that I'm excited to see). One other little perk with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint... Robyn Story Designs in Tampa, FL ships all Miss Mustard Seed products for FREE. I can sit at home in my pajamas and order it online and then have it shipped right to my door! Love that! Good luck with your project!
    • Dana Bryniarski Dana Bryniarski on Oct 29, 2014
      Jill, your link is not a hyperlink so I was unable to get to it. Can you try to post it again! Thanks
  • Jill Feigelman Jill Feigelman on Oct 30, 2014
    @Dana Bryniarski Sorry about that! The link is here:
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