Tuesday, April 6, 2010


I've heard it's impossible. Don't even try. Painting laminate furniture is a disaster waiting to happen. Sounds like a challenge to me! Especially since I don't have the budget to buy a new bookcase but I do have a cheapo laminate bookcase and some left over Almond Paste by Olympic.
Before I start any
project I do some research. I figure I'm not 16 anymore, it's okay for me to learn from other peoples mistakes. I sat down with my laptop and searched "painting laminate furniture" the first listing is on one of my daily reads Living With Lindsey . She walks you through the whole process.
I took the shelves out from my cheapo bookcase and lightly sanded them down with my
palm sander. After wiping them clean I used a foam roller to prime with some Zinsser primer. I always use a foam roller on a smooth surface, you don't get brush lines and for some reason the foam leaves a much smoother finish than a roller you'd use on a wall. I decided not to sand the frame of the bookcase for two reasons. 1. I'm too lazy. 2. Um... Okay, maybe I'm just lazy. I did prime the frame though, using a foam brush to get into the hard to reach corners. After letting the primer dry and cure I rolled on two coats of paint.
The next day I called for my tall man and we lugged the bookcase back upstairs and into our office. When I put
the shelves back in place I did scratch the paint in a few places but it was nothing a little touch pain couldn't fix. I did it, I painted laminate furniture and lived to tell about it.
So I went from this:

To this:


  1. Such a startling change! How do you dust white furniture?

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  3. I love it! People always think laminate can't be painted, but look what you've done! Nice job!

  4. Wow! Look what you did! That's very inspiring! And I love what you've displayed on it! Great job! Thanks for sharing your success @ ANYTHING RELATED!

  5. Fantastic, wasnt sure how to do it until now!

  6. wowzas, that looks GREAT!!!!! Thanks for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

  7. Looks great! Maybe I'll get around to doing the same thing!