Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Painting Laminate Furniture and Picture Frames

I am finally getting to the final project of the three that I showed you a few weeks ago- the table.I have had this table for almost ten years now. When Eric got it for me we were poor college students and this was the perfect table to help furnish our little apartment. I loved it! But over the years my love for it has waned a bit. And my new love affair with Pinterest made me realize a little paint could make a big difference. I love the antique blues and whites- but the lines of this piece definitely called for a more modern look, so I chose black.

This piece is laminate- a piece of real wood glued on top of fake wood or particle board- so I couldn't just slap some paint on it.

I did some research and used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer. This primer does not require any sanding, can be used with any type of paint on top and dries in about 1 hour. At the store the associate asked if I wanted the primer tinted since I was going to be painting black over it- I declined though as I knew I would be using this primer for multiple projects.
I took the table out to our court yard and started painting- I started priming the top first as I was just excited to get started- but this was a mistake. Since the top was wet, I had to lay on my back to do the underside of the table. If I had flipped the table over first and done the underside, I could have turned it upright to do the top.
I waited the hour and sure enough- it was dry. For my color I used Behr's- Black Suede- I got it in semi gloss. I bought a quart which was way more than enough. I used a regular big brush and a small 1" brush for corners. When I was painting- I did remember to flip it over and paint the underside first- made life so much easier!

And the result...
The table was a bit tacky for about three days, so we waited to put anything on it until it felt fully cured.

And if you notice the picture frames are different- since my table was now black- I didn't really want black frames on a black table. So I busted out two of my favorite acrylic paint colors
Americana French Grey Blue and Avocado

I first did a very fast sand job on each frame- the frame with my oldest two (green one) was much more plasticy so I sanded that one a bit more. I did a fast paint job since I wanted some black to show through. After the paint was dry I went back with a fine grain sander and roughed them up a bit.

and this was the result
I am very happy with how it turned out and am loving the "new" table I now have.

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22 comments:

  1. I like that table... and I like it even better painted :)

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  2. I loathe sanding before painting furniture. I am definitely going to have to check that stuff out for my next project.

    Thanks for sharing!

    It looks great!

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  3. That table looks fabulous in black! It's amazing what a little paint can do!

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  4. Nice job, I love the modern look, the black paint makes is so sleek.

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  5. It really came out nice. I need to have Rich build Emily's shelves so I can paint them. We've only had them since June! D'oh!

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  6. I have painted so much laminate. If you go by the stuff you read online you can NOT paint laminate...at least not easily. But, really, if I can do it...!! :)
    It looks great! Better than mine, btw. LOL

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  7. Wow! That table turned out great!

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  8. That's such a great table for a foyer or hallway.

    I really like it in black, and the colors on the frames help to make them pop.

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  9. WOW!!!!!! I adore Before and Afters and yours are absolutely incredible! Such a transformation, great job!

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  10. Easier than my sanding project and, wow! Looks so great!!

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  11. Kudos to you for actually doing something about furniture you didn't love anymore~

    Looks great!

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  12. What a great idea! I have a bookshelf like this, I think I got it in college. It has been stuck away in a corner. Adding it to my list of things to do!

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  13. My kitchen table is so pathetic right now with all these stains. I never thought of actually painting it..now that I see your cute table I wonder if I should do the dame thing..hmmm

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  14. I LOVE this! I love the finished project! And I DID notice the picture frames before you pointed it out. You and Viv are my inspirations for all things PAINT! You guys can rock it!

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  15. Definitely looks great in black. Amazing what a quick paint job can do!

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  16. Love how the table looks in black!

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  17. I have that same table, and now I want to do the same!! Looks great!

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  18. love the black color of it looks great come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  19. Ever nice! You are so awesome!

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  20. I love these DIY tutorials! That sidetable looks amazing!! I'm going to have to do some painting projects after this little guy arrives. I have a few pieces that would benefit from a fresh coat of paint.

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  21. I have the same table and plan to paint it too! Although, it is solid maple, not laminate. :)

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