Learn tips and tricks for how to paint laminate furniture with this step-by-step video tutorial. Learn how to paint laminate the right way – and no more chipping paint!
For the last 4 years, I’ve been painting a lot of furniture! Some of the the furniture I’ve been painting is laminate furniture, which can be a little scary. Along the way, I’ve figured out a few tips and tricks for how to paint laminate furniture, and that’s what I’m going to share with you today.
If you’d like to learn how to paint furniture that is not laminated, check out my popular How To Paint Furniture post!
One of the pieces that I’ve painted is our microwave cabinet. The doors and the top are real wood, but the sides and insides are all laminate.
So, why is laminate so tricky to paint?
Laminate is a picture of wood that is glued to particle board or MDF. It’s non-porous and shiny, so paint won’t adhere to it very easily.
The tricky part is sanding the laminate enough for the paint to stick, but not sanding it so much that you sand the picture of wood off!
If the laminate isn’t prepped and painted properly, the paint will bubble up or chip off very easily.
How To Paint Laminate Furniture
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- TSP Substitute – This is a liquid form of TSP (trisodium phosphate) which is a heavy duty cleaner and de-greaser.
- 100 Grit Sanding Block – (not pictured) Used to sand the laminate.
- Tack Cloth – (not pictured) Used to clean the dust from sanding the laminate.
- Wooster paintbrush – I LOVE this paintbrush! The soft rubber handle makes it comfortable to use for hours.
- Whizz microfiber roller and handle– This roller is fabulous! The smooth finish it gives is almost as good as the finish you get from spray painting. My one tip for using it would be to slightly dampen the roller with water right before you start to paint with it.
- Pittsburgh Paint’s Breakthrough paint – if you use this paint, you won’t need to use an oil-based primer for your first coat.
I’ve created a short video to show you how to paint laminate furniture, and have also included the steps below the video:
- Clean the laminate with TSP Substitute.
- Sand the laminate with 100 grit sanding block – being careful not to sand through the laminate.
- Wipe laminate clean with tack cloth.
- Paint the laminate using the Wooster brush or the Whizz roller and the Breakthrough paint. Apply 3 coats, allowing the paint to dry a couple of hours between coats. No need to sand between coats of paint. If you use another brand of paint, I recommend that you use an oil-base primer as your first coat.
If you enjoyed this How To Paint Laminate Furniture tutorial, be sure to check our How To Paint Furniture page for more painting tutorials!
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