Easily Paint Laminate Furniture and Make it Last!

Painting laminate furniture is easy, but you want to make sure you are doing it the right way so your newly painted item lasts.

I have painted a several pieces of wood and laminate furniture, so I learned a few tips and tricks along the way to help save time and money.

I’m sharing my best tips and favorite paint for updating wood and laminate furniture!

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Drab looking off before painting furniture and adding decor.

How to Prep to Paint Laminate Furniture

I recommend that you give your laminate furniture a light sand to roughen up the surface and remove any shiny clear coat.

The sanding does not have to be down to the wood, just enough to etch the surface of the furniture.

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Lightly roughen the surface with a mouse sander.

I have been wasting so much time over the years by hand sanding my furniture.

Finally I decided it was time to invest in a mouse sander to simplify my projects.

After sanding with 120 grit, I dusted off the debris to begin painting.

How to Paint Laminate Furniture

After sanding and cleaning your furniture, you can now apply the paint with an angled brush into all areas that the roller cannot cover.

Making sure to use very light brush strokes, while going with the grain of the wood.

Then paint the entire surface with a high density foam roller and smooth out any brush strokes.

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Don’t panic after applying your first coat paint. I promise it will look so much better after another coat of paint.

The roller really helps to apply the paint laminate furniture evenly over your piece of furniture and provides a super smooth finish.

Do not apply heavy layers of paint as this will not dry smooth, and you may end up with paint drips on your furniture.

If you want to learn more about my favorite paint for furniture, cabinets, vanities, and more view my post!

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My Favorite Paint Products!

I have painted my entire home top to bottom, so I found some really great paint products along the way.

Here are my go-to paint products!

Applying the Second Coat of Paint

Wait at least a couple hours in between each coat to make sure the paint is completely dry.

To apply the second coat of paint follow the same instructions as above.

If your painted laminate furniture still feels sticky after a few hours, you may want to let it dry longer.

Also, make sure that you are not painting in a hot and humid room as this can interfere with dry times.

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Here is the desk after applying a second coat of paint! Phew – much better!

Top Coat for Painted Furniture

If you used Behr Interior Semi Gloss Enamel then no Clear Coat is required.

The paint and primer are all mixed in one to finish and seal the surface.

This paint is so durable!

I painted my bathroom cabinets and mirror frame 3 years ago, and they still look great!

If you prefer the extra protection, I recommend using a water-based polyurethane.

From Drab To Fab Office Makeover!

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Here is the desk after using Behr Interior Semi Gloss Enamel!
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Look at this office!!

Cabinet Bumpers

After everything completely dried, place cabinet bumpers on the back of the doors and drawers.

I used this same paint to upgrade my bathroom vanity and mirror frame.

All of the cabinet paints mentioned are easy ways to refresh your kitchen and much cheaper than buying brand new cabinets.

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