Painting Laminate Furniture - Dresser

Ally | flop.or.not
by Ally | flop.or.not
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2 Days

Laminate furniture, can be built good! But you think “ugh so beautiful but how will I paint this?” That’s what I thought as well. But I wanted to try! This is how my project went painting a laminate piece of furniture! - this piece is for sale! Check out my site.

This dresser is refinished in ‘Country Chic Paints’ - Cheesecake off white. And miniwax - special walnut stain for the legs! Keep reading for the steps.

This is what the piece looked like before I started.

You may be wondering what the red spots are?!

that is CAR BONDO! It smooths to a buttery feel and is paintable! So filling any chips or roughing it works well :)

This is after 2 coats of country chic cheesecake furniture paint over top their country chic paint primer! The adhesion works so great with this paint.

  1. wash your piece and dry it
  2. fill any chips or marks with car bondo, let dry! (Be aware this stuff does smell 🤧)
  3. once dry use a 330 bondo sanding block to smooth!
  4. once the surface is even and smooth to touch apply country chic clear bonding primer!
  5. once dry (dries fast) apply 1st coat, sand in between coats for an extra smooth finish ! I use a roller on this big piece! And I honestly prefer the DOLLARAMA ROLLER PRODUCTS. So affordable.
  6. apply X3-4 coats
  7. once complete apply a top coat! The one I used for this project was a miniwax poly acrylic

This mid century style piece of furniture is vintage! It’s funny how furniture pieces went from 100% wood, to partial wood, to laminate and wood, and Veneer, to current ikea furniture and particle board. Regardless of the type of furniture your working with, it’s amazing what a little bit of paint can do!

Resources for this project:
Country chic paint clear bonding primer
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  • Sandra Schaack Sandra Schaack on Jan 03, 2020

    How did you distress this piece?

  • Fran Fran on Jan 13, 2020

    Could you use wood filler instead of bondo to fill the voids?

  • Shannon Stordock Hecht Shannon Stordock Hecht on Jan 02, 2021

    I'm curious if I can do this to my hall linen closet. The house was built in 1963. I guess laminate/formica was really, really popular because we had it everywhere from kitchen cabinets to bathroom vanities (3) to umpteen linear feet of cabinets. Because the hinges cannot be replaced, we are stuck with the same doors and trimming. If I could use this painting technique on these cupboards, it would make a world of difference. They are in perfect shape, not Bondo needed!

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