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How To: Paint Your Laminate Furniture

By Classy Clutter on Jun 05, 2013


Painting furniture is obviously one of my favorite things to do! I love the thrill of the hunt for a great piece, agonizing over what color to paint it, whipping out my spray gun, and picking or painting the perfect hardware. That being said, some furniture is a pain in the you-know-what to paint. However, if it’s a great piece and suits your needs (and your budget!) it’s worth the little extra work to make it awesome. You with me?

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This book case (? – Does this even classify as a book case?) is a perfect example of just that! I found a piece I reeeeeally needed for storage, I had the perfect spot for it in my craft room and hello, it was $25. Score! One problem… that pesky laminate covering over the real wood. Sometimes, this can be a major deal breaker when picking furniture. This time, I went for it. After a ton of research and trial and error, I’ve found a great way to turn a laminate or veneer covered piece of furniture into an awesome, statement making, project!


First, clean your furniture really well! I’m talking every speck of dirt and grime -- off! This product “Gloss Off” is perfect for prepping your piece. It gets the dirt, grime and most of that glossy stuff off! You can paint right over it after 10 minutes and it’s supposed to help the paint adhere better. So far, I’m pleased with it.


Next, prime your furniture. I always use Kilz primer and have had great luck with it. For laminate furniture, you want to do at least 2 coats of primer and let them cure completely in between coats. You can even sand in between coats for maximum adhesion. (Fancy words eh?) I used a smooth roller and rolled on 2 coats of primer and let it dry overnight.

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While you’re waiting for your primer to dry, go ahead and get your hardware ready! I chose to spray paint this hardware gold because I LOVE gold and pink! I really like the rich gold color of Rustoleum’s metallic gold spray paint. To paint hardware, simply clean it really really well and let it dry. You can scuff it up with sand paper or steel wool before spraying it but that’s not always necessary. You can also spray the hardware with a clear laquer or polycrylic to protect your paint job. It’s worth the extra few steps to avoid cracking, scratched up hardware after a while.

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Finally, paint your furniture. I used my HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun with my air compressor to paint it.

The pink I chose was Behr Tutti Frutti. I LOVE this shade of hot pink! It’s perfect!

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Here is Miss Pink all done and set up in my craft room. I was desperate for some extra storage for my vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo and supplies.

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I organized my rolls of vinyl in these $3 Target “dollar spot” bins. My shipping supplies for my vinyl etsy shop are on top of the book case.

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The teal and gold chevron box holds my Cameo cords.

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I love the pink and gold contrast! One of my favorite color combos! Aren’t the original pulls really cute all fixed up? I love the key hole detail.

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Here’s what you see when you open my craft room door or look down the hall into the room. It’s the perfect piece for what I needed! What do you think!? Have you ever painted laminate? Have you ever painted anything PINK!?


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