From Lamely Laminated To Stunningly Painted: A Simple Guide To Furniture Makeovers

Last updated on September 11th, 2023

Dated laminated furniture is like a thorn in the side. While you can spruce it up with new handles, you know your heart isn’t in it. And getting new furniture is often out of the question due to financial constraints. You can grin and bear it as you wait for better days.

Or you can get a can of paint and a brush. Say again? Yup. A freshly painted cabinet or wardrobe will dazzle your home at a fraction of the cost. But before you dip the brush in the can, you need to understand the technique. Let’s check out the nitty-gritty of painting laminate.

Wipe Off the Dust from the Surface

Before you begin the renovation process, wipe off the dust from your furniture, first with a dry and then a damp cloth. Be thorough and get into the nooks and crevices of the furniture. If possible, dismantle your cabinet or wardrobe so that your brush reaches every inch of the surface. For stains and grease, try a bit of vinegar and water solution to clean the surface. Let it dry before you move on to the next step. Remember, a hurried job will not give you the desired results. So make sure to make your surface pristine.

Sand the Furniture

It seems criminal to rub sandpaper on your laminate. However, this step is vital, as the roughness will allow the primer and paint to adhere to the laminate. When it comes to sanding, it isn’t for the faint-hearted. The job can get laborious, especially if you are painting wardrobes. You can let your carpenter handle it or get an electric sander to do the job. As the cabinet needs light sanding, this should not take too much time. Remember to use fine-grit paper, as you don’t want to overdo it. The sanding needs to be even; otherwise, the paint will bubble in places where the surface is smooth. Once you have tackled all the areas evenly, wipe off the dust. And hey. Don’t get overzealous with your sandpaper, or you will damage the laminate.

Coat it with Primer

Your primer will help the paint stick to the surface. As such, when you buy your product, make sure it has good adhesive qualities. A premium-quality primer may allow you to skip the sanding stage. However, there is a risk of bubbling if the surface isn’t even. For perfect execution, apply a thin coat of primer to the surface. Let it dry thoroughly before applying a second coat. Make sure to let the primer dry overnight before you start painting.

Paint the Furniture with Colors of Your Choice

A good brush makes the job easier and neater. An angled brush is perfect, as it can reach all the corners too. A disposable foam roller may be a better option, as you don’t have to worry about brush marks on your furniture. You can use a small brush to tackle the crevices. For the desired results, give your furniture at least two coats of paint. Impatience can work against you, so let the coat of paint dry before starting on the next one. Once your furniture is painted, add charm with gorgeous handles.

To add beading detail to your cabinet, you will need a carpenter before you start with the sanding. These little details will add a classy touch to your cabinet. For color choices, pastels such as green, blue, and gray work best as they blend with most colors. But, as long as it is a good match, any color will work.

Summing Up

Painted laminate furniture adds a wonderful dimension to your space. Paint is also ideal when you want to upgrade your furniture, whether it has a laminate surface or is made of wood.

While paint works wonders on most surfaces, check this link for surfaces you can’t paint on before you start. For other home decor-inspiring articles, log in to We won’t disappoint you.