paint the laminate

If you’re on a budget like me, you probably look for the pieces of furniture you need in the home sections of malls, department stores, and thrift shops. Chances are, you’re also ick-ing and ugh-ing at the thought of bringing home the same old faux-wood, varnished furniture.

But hey, don’t lose hope! You can totally paint your plain and boring laminated furniture. At first, I also thought it wasn’t possible since the salesman told me I can’t because the paint will not adhere to it. Point is – don’t believe anyone who tells you that you can’t.

Worry no more and follow these easy steps to turn that boring cabinet or whatnot into a color and shade of your own choice.

1. Scrape the surface of the furniture using a 150-grit sandpaper.

No need to scrape the paint, just sand it until some white flecks appear. Removing the top coat or shine will make it easier for the primer to adhere to the surface. Please sand lightly.


2. Wipe off with a damp cloth.

Remove dust and other particles by wiping the surface with a damp cloth. You don’t want small bumps on your furniture, do you?

3. Apply the primer.

Primer is your new best friend. It can adhere to anything even laminated surface. (Yup!) The primer will serve as the base where your paint can adhere to. It’s a bit smelly so make sure you have enough ventilation if you’re painting indoors.

4. Sand again with a 220-grit sandpaper.

Sanding the primed surface will get rid of uneven texture or any bumps. This step is completely optional.

5. Apply the paint.

If you’re very particular with the shade and color that you want for your furniture, I highly suggest you use Davies Quick Dry Enamel. The shade I used for my cabinet is called Purple Tryst.

Okay, so what’s amazing about Davies? Well, they have this Color Factory Machine – a computerized paint mixing service which offers over 7,000 colors you can choose from.


Here are some reminders when painting:

  • Put used tarpaulins or old newspapers under the furniture to avoid damages on your walls/floors.
  • Use a paint roller when painting flat surfaces. It’s easier to use and dripping paint will not be a problem.
  • For corners or round areas, use a paint brush.
  • Make sure you don’t put too much paint on the brush/roller.
  • Allow time intervals between each coat. Let it dry before applying the next coat.

6. Let it dry and cure.

Yes, dried paint and cured paint are two different things. Paint dry means it’s already dry on its outer layer just like how it feels dry when you touch it. Paint cure means it’s 100% dry. You can test this by pressing your fingers on the paint. If you saw a mark after, obviously, it’s not yet completely cured.

Easy-dry paints are available so check it out if you need your furniture to dry fast. Take note that curing time differs depending on the brand of paint and thickness of application.

And…… ta-da!


My cabinet looks more like me now. Anyway, good luck on your paint project! Let me know how it goes. ❤

Stay sunny,


Project: Painting Laminated Cabinet
Total Cost: Php 633.75
Davies Quick Dry Enamel - 239.75
Primer - 110.00
Paint brush - 129.75
Paint roller - 80.00
Sandpaper - 74.25

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