At Home with Ashley-- Let’s be honest- I’ve painted laminate furniture before and followed tutorials... and I’ve still had issues with the paint coming off when scratched. When my mom asked me to paint her laminated desk I was a little hesitant. Let’s look at a before picture:
How to Paint Laminate Furniture
Its not bad right? I actually adore this desk. But it is 10 years old and there were a TON of scratches and banged up areas. Here’s a close-up:
My trick to painting laminate furniture so the paint stays is as simple as using chalk mineral paint! I didn’t sand or anything. I started by cleaning the desk and hutch really well. Then I jumped in with the first coat of chalk mineral paint. I painted it white per my mom’s request, so its not a huge difference besides the scratches being gone. For really shiny laminate, I recommend priming with Slick Stick to make sure the paint doesn’t scratch.
I ended up doing 4 full coats of paint before I was happy with the coverage. I then went over it with 2 thin coats of Clear Coat Satin. The paint looks flawless and I think it’ll stand up to 10 more years of use.
What I love about this DIY is that it's so simple! It was a really affordable way to give new life to an old piece of furniture. I’m sure that chalk mineral paint will work as well on Ikea furniture too! Or even a laminated piece from the thrift store. It took me a few hours to do, but it was definitely less expensive than going out and buying a new piece.
- Fluff Chalk Mineral Paint (https://dixiebellepaint.com/fluff-chalk-paint/)
- Satin Clear Coat (https://dixiebellepaint.com/satin-clear-coat/)