What is the best way to paint a laminate particle board bookshelf?
I have a bookshelf which is quite old, however it is usable.. It has few marks and scratches, wanted to paint it. I may select the color Cherry brown which will match to my other furnitures. What would be the best paint to choose for this kind of project which will give an elegant look?
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I know a lot of people use chalk paint to paint laminate. I believe it comes in all kinds of colors, perhaps this DIY will inspire you. https://www.hometalk.com/diy/paint/furniture/how-to-paint-laminate-furniture-40111532
How to Paint Laminate Furniture
Step 1: Sanding
To begin, I gave each bookcase a good sanding with my orbital sander It’s important NOT to sand too much since the surface is essentially paper, but it is important to get them ‘roughed-up’ enough so the paint would absorb into the surface.
Step 2: Priming
Use a good primer, either Kilz or Zinser 123 which blocks, seals, and preps the surface to which the paint will adhere.
Primer is important, especially when painting over laminate. Unlike wood, laminate is a smooth, non-porous material, so it really needs something to ‘grab’ onto—primer will do the trick! It’s suggested that primer takes seven days to completely dry.
Step 3: Painting
After sanding, priming, and making a few updates, it is time to PAINT! I used a brush for the corners and a roller for the flat surfaces. In certain areas, I used a brush first, then went over the same surface with the roller to achieve a smooth, stroke-less surface.
Tip: If the surface isn’t sanded or not sanded enough, then the paint will “bubble” or spot, as shown on the right, because it’s not properly adhering.
Always helpful if you can take it apart as much as possible and paint horizontally.
I would do two coats of primer and then I'd use regular latex paint.
The easiest method would be to use Chalk Paint! 😊
Tips on Painting Over Particleboard
Painting Laminate Furniture - Dresser
Try Pinterest, they have a way to paint laminate.
There are lots of posts here on painting a laminate shelf:
Here is some info for your project
Check out what I used to paint my kitchen cabinets and I didn't need to sand! This paint additive could really help for this project: https://happydealhappyday.com/how-to-paint-kitchen-cabinets-without-sanding/
Clean and scrap all the cabinet down paint the cabinet with a egg shell kind of paint because if you use a shiny paint you will see all scratches in the finish also use a small roller so you don’t get brush marks.
I painted some laminate and here's my tutorial on it https://chascrazycreations.com/faux-wood-grain-table/