How do I rehab a laminate topped French Provincial dresser?

by Carey

I don't want the paint to peel off.

  9 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Jan 03, 2019

    You can buy kits for painting laminate that would work well since it is lightly used, made for countertops. The kits are sold at Home Depot and step by step instructions are in the kit. Then you can paint the rest to coordinate. Remove hardware, wash down with TSP. Sand off sheen, prime with Oil based primer, lightly sand again and paint with oil based paint. May need to double prime the gold areas

    Have fun, will turn out pretty. Post pics when done.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jan 03, 2019

    Hi Carey! If the laminate is tight, seal it with an oil based sealer like Kilz primer. Once it is dry, you can paint it. A water based may lift the veneer. If the veneer is already loose, you can try to re-glue it, but, I usually just remove it. The base is usually not wood you want to stain, but, after cleaning it up and sanding it, you can paint it.

  • M M on Jan 03, 2019

    I would also remove the top if it's easy to do. If not, as suggested, I would re-glue/seal around the edges and chalk paint it and finish with a wax seal on top. Chalk paint is easy, very do-able, & has an amazing long-lasting finish. I would chalk paint my entire house if I could! ha! :) Best wishes with your great piece!

  • William William on Jan 03, 2019

    How other Hometalkers did it.

  • Sand it down, use a good primer (Zinsser BIN), then paint it with a chalk paint or fusion. These paints stick better. Apply a few coats of polycrylic. Let it cure for a full 30 days before putting stuff on it.

  • Mineral paint works on almost anything and seals well. I like the Fusion brand.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 01, 2023

    It has to have the right Primer to give the paint a good key! Ask at your large DIY store for Multi Surface Primer! P.s Are you sure you want to paint this beautiful dresser, Why not sell it as it is and buy a New Secondhand one to replace it?

  • Mogie Mogie on May 01, 2023

    That is right the primer has a lot to do with a good finish. Check your local Salvation Army mine has sales about twice a year where they discount stuff 75% off their original price. I got a solid oak dining table for around $20.