These days, we don’t have to be that harsh to create whitewash finishes. You can even whitewash faux wood, if you do the proper amount of preparation. Whitewashing faux wood is simple, whether you are lightening an entire room or one small piece of furniture .
You can sand, prime and paint laminate as if it were a solid wood piece of furniture ! It’s easy to skip the sanding step, because sanding is a drag… but it’s especially important with laminate . Because it’s often somewhat glossy-looking, and important to sand it down until the finish is very dull before priming.
STEPS First, apply the primer with the roller in larger areas, and fill in the smaller corners with the brush. Let the primer dry completely and sand with a fine sanding block. Let the primer dry completely again, and then apply the paint color of choice. Sand until smooth, and apply a second coat if needed.
Latex paint is recommended for laminate surface painting projects because of its durability and smooth finish . Try ProClassic Interior Acrylic Latex Enamel for lighter colors, and All Surface Latex Enamel Base for deeper hues.
If you see the grain but the pattern tends to repeat and it lacks texture and feels perfectly smooth, it’s probably veneer . If it lacks grain altogether, it’s most likely laminate .
Here are 5 Ways To Paint Furniture Without Sanding : USE A MINERAL PAINT. Mineral paint is very similar to chalk style paints in that no prep or prime is required. USE MILK PAINT + BONDING AGENT. As I already mentioned, the antique desk in this post was not prep- sanded . USE A BONDING PRIMER. USE A LIQUID SANDER /DEGLOSSER.
Step 2: Priming I used Kilz Primer (view on Amazon), 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!
Using the correct primer is key when it comes to painting laminate . You have a few options to choose from, so make sure you choose a primer that made to adhere to laminate and glossy surfaces without sanding . For this project we used Zinsser BIN. Other options include: Kilz Adhesion, and Zinsser Bullseye 123.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint will adhere beautifully to laminate .
How to paint over laminate Begin by sanding the laminate . Be sure to use the correct protective gear (a mask and safety glasses). Clean the surface. Get most of the dust off with a vacuum and then a damp paper towel or cloth. Prime with an oil based primer. Sand the primer smooth. Paint !
Remove the cabinet doors and lay them on a flat surface. Sand the cabinet lightly by hand with 220-grit sandpaper to etch the surface of the laminate . Prime the cabinet and doors with an oil- or water-based wood primer. Paint two coats solid semi-gloss latex finish with a paintbrush.
Instructions Check to make sure your laminate is in good condition. Clean your cabinets thoroughly with Krud Kutter to remove any kitchen grease or dust. Use a roller to apply Chalky Finish paint to the cabinet doors. Use a paint brush to chalk- paint any spots the roller couldn’t reach.
Paint is the easiest way to refinish your dresser and nightstands. Simply painting them a new shade can give the pieces new life. You can use either latex- or oil-based paint on your laminate furniture . Latex paint dries more quickly than oil-based paint , but an oil-based formula tends to hide brush strokes better.
STEP 1: Start disassembling your IKEA furniture . STEP 2: Clean any dirt and grime that has collected on the furniture . STEP 3: Sand all sides to be painted . STEP 4: Cover with oil-based paint primer. STEP 5: Apply a second coat of primer and wait for it to dry completely.