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Everything you need to know about painting laminated furniture

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Oct 26, 2022
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Is your laminate furniture looking old and a little worn out? Here is all you need to know about how you can upscale your laminate furniture with a lick of paint and a spark of creativity

Laminate is a familiar material for a homeowner and is affordable, durable and easy to assemble. Odds are, you have cabinets, tables, or wardrobes in this shiny, and non-porous material. Old, worn-out laminate furniture can be upcycled and given a new lease of life with a lick of paint.

But it is not easy to paint laminate furniture without proper preparation. Common concerns when painting furniture include:

  • Bubbling while the paint or primer is still wet.
  • Paint beading up on the surface of the laminate.
  • A splotchy, uneven finish.
  • Poor adhesion after the paint has dried.

These problems make your end product look ugly. Picking the right paint and following the right method can help ensure that your painting endeavour is successful.

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Best paint for furniture in your home interior design - Beautiful Homes

What is the Best Paint for Furniture?

It is always a thrill to take something basic or old and make it beautiful. Let’s take a look at the different kinds of paint for furniture that is laminated that you can use to give your old cabinets, dressers and other furniture a complete makeover.


1. Latex Paint

Latex paints are a good choice to paint laminate furniture, like a laminate dining table or as wardrobe paint. It is extremely durable and resistant to scuffs and scratches and adheres well. Apply two thin coats of paint rather than one thick coat to give your painted dining table the smoothest, most even finish.

2. Chalk Paints

Chalk paint has a matte, chalky appearance. Using chalk paint is the best paint option when you want to paint laminate furniture in a shabby-chic style. Chalk paint furniture can add character and vintage charm to a home when used as cupboard paint giving it a cool, distressed look.

3. Milk Paint

Milk paint is a non-toxic and biodegradable paint for wood furniture made from 100% natural ingredients. It can be used without primer or sanding for painting furniture. This water based, fast-drying paint is great for any kind of surface and can even be used as paint for plastic chairs.


4. Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paint is a fast-drying, water-based paint that is available in a wide range of furniture paint colours. They are easy to clean and do not fade in sunlight. Using acrylic white paint for wood furniture in the backyard or deck can make it stand out. Acrylic paint goes on evenly and is self-levelling, making it easy to work with when painting laminate cabinets.


5. Oil Paint

Oil paint for furniture is a durable paint though a trifle expensive. It takes longer to dry than water-based paint. It is a great option when painting laminate cabinets as it offers a protective coating. It also provides a smoother and more resilient finish which won’t chip or scratch easily.

Milk paint for your laminated furniture in your home interiors - Beautiful Homes


Choosing a Primer to Apply Before Paint for Laminate

For a smoother finish and a professional look when painting laminated furniture, use a primer. It protects the wood and provides a base for paint to adhere to as well as increases the durability of your paint.

Primer for painting your laminate furniture in your home - Beautiful Homes

Steps to Paint Laminate Furniture

1. Clean the Surface Before Painting Laminated Furniture

Before painting or priming, clean the furniture with soap and wipe it down with water to remove dirt, grime and grease, giving you a smooth and clean surface.


2. Disassemble to Paint Laminate Furniture

It is easier to paint laminate furniture separately and assemble them again when the painting is finished.


3. Sanding Before Applying Paint for Laminate

Once your laminated furniture is clean, sand it gently. It will roughen up the smooth surface and give the paint for furniture something to stick to.


4. Apply Primer on Laminated Furniture

Add a coat of primer, let it dry, lightly sand it and then apply the second coat. This will help the paint stick better.


5. Applying Paint to Laminate Furniture

Sand the last coat of primer once it is dry and now you are ready for the first coat of paint. Sand lightly between each coat.

FAQs on Painting Laminated Furniture

1. How to Paint Laminate Furniture?

Laminate furniture can easily be painted with latex, acrylic, chalk, milk or oil paints.

2. How to Paint Laminate Furniture without Sanding?

Laminate furniture can be painted without sanding by applying varnish. This is a slightly longer process as you need to wait for the varnish to dry.


3. Can you Paint on Sunmica?

Yes, Sunmica is a laminate surface that can be sanded, primed and painted on.


4. How do you Use Chalk Paint on Wood?

Application steps are similar to any other paint colours for wooden furniture. Chalk paint gives furniture a distressed look.

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5. Can you Paint Laminate Cabinets?

Yes, latex or acrylic is a good choice for kitchen cabinet paint as it is durable and is resistant to moisture, oil and grease.


6. How to Paint Laminate Cabinets?

Lightly sand the laminate surface and apply cabinet paint, like acrylic, for a smooth finish.


7. How to Paint Laminate Kitchen Cupboards?

When painting laminate surfaces in the kitchen, it is important to wipe them down well with soap and water to remove grease and oil residue before applying primer and kitchen cupboard paint.

How can Beautiful Homes Help you with Painted Laminate Furniture?

Are you looking for home interior design ideas? The expert design team at Beautiful Homes, from Asian Paints, offer brilliant ideas for home design, from tips on upscaling your laminate furniture to picking out curated pieces from their online collection. Contact them for interior design services in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Pune.

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