Thanks for sharing your tip! :), Kate that looks so much better! Thanks :). Learn how your comment data is processed. It may be tempting to eyeball your cabinets and decide that any dirt is minimal enough to conceal with a paint job, but your dirty secret will get out when the color fails to adhere well to the laminate. WOW!!!! I’ve worked with others and I’ve been disappointed, so I always return to this product. KILZ Adhesion is a unique latex primer developed to bond securely on slick surfaces where a traditional water or oil-base primer will not adhere. This is so awesome. awesome paint project. i have something laminate i want to paint but didn’t know if it would work, now i know it will! thanks so much for paving the way with laminate! However, if you use a cheap roller and cheap brush (my combo costs less than $2 dollars), you can toss them out when you’re done and not have to worry about cleaning your brush or roller with mineral spirits. thank you for sharing!!! May 16, 2020 - Discover the best primer for your laminate furniture project & the pros and cons to each bonding primer! Here’s a glimpse of the wall from last year’s post about the map room: Various bins and baskets from Target, Michaels and Pottery Barn. You absolutely must prime your laminate surface with a primer designed to adhere to glossy surfaces. You are the painting master! I used the cover stain primer over a large desk that I thought might be to glossy for just my homemade chalk paint to adhere to. By Manasa Reddigari and Bob Vila. I used it, followed the instructions to wait 24 hours, then proceeded to paint them with the standard kitchen latex paint. What is the green on the walls? It was purchased in the leaner years from a discount furniture store. I would have thought it would scratch too easily to use it like this. Thank you so much for your help….I have googled it so much but with no luck, Hi Maria, unfortunately most acrylic paints will not stay permanent without a primer between the laminate and the acrylic paint. Want to use water based primer instead ? We’ve got some ugly old laminate pieces leftover from my husband’s bachelor days that I’d love to revamp because we need the storage! Priming laminate furniture with a bonding primer is the only way to really get the paint to stick to laminate furniture. I’m curious about spray paint… I’ve just heard it’s tons easier to deal with. Would it work just as well? It provides a sound base for topcoats while reducing or potentially eliminating the need for sanding dense, glossy surfaces. At Lowe’s, we have a variety of primer brands to choose from including Zinsser primer, Rust-Oleum primer and more. The laminate or high gloss lacquer is now ready for a coat of Dulux Supergrip primer. Love this post. I will be working on painting some laminate this weekend. Latex paint is recommended for laminate surface painting projects because of its durability and smooth finish. I bookmarked your painting tips some time ago. I only sand any drips or brush marks in between coats, and always lightly, but often it’s not necessary. I’m inspired! I’m looking forward to trying your techniques on several pieces of mine. the only way I could apply it was with a roller. Between sanding and painting, do you have to wash the dust off? Thank you for your very clear and thorough explanation and photos of your painting project. Now I’ve got an oops to fix. Check Latest Price on Amazon I may include pictures of my work. You just can’t beat the price, and I don’t have the heart to throw out good disney movies just because they are on tape. Thank you so much for the post—I’ve been ruminating for months over what to do about a laminate dresser. The best primer for laminate kitchen cabinets I also recommend the Sherwin Williams Extreme Bond Primer. The laminate is dark and I want to change the color. I have never used the oil based primer followed by latex paint combo. This post couldn’t have come at a better time as I have been wanting to paint an old laminate dresser for a while now. Kate, it looks wonderful! Read the post at Our Suburban Cottage that I linked to- she used a protective coat over her paint on her countertops for added protection. Use a better quality brush to minimize your brush strokes. Then I think, I woud paint with paint in spray (aerosol). I only needed one coat. It is magic stuff….I have even painted over mirrors in the back of china cabinets and you wouldn’t know once the paint top coats are done. Did you peel it all off first? Literally taking notes right now on how to paint laminate! If you select a paint that can be applied directly over laminate (view example on Amazon), you can skip the primer—just know that this qualification may limit your color choice. Any ideas? I’m with you on the VHS movies – so cheap and we already had an old TV/VCR combo. Gonna paint that baby!! I love it against the wall color. We had painted our cabinets white a year ago, got white appliances, but our counters were still beige. The last time I painted laminate was about 12 years ago. I have this post bookmarked! I was dreading having to sand laminate (in like… a year from now). Try ProClassic Interior Acrylic Latex Enamel for lighter colors, and All Surface Latex Enamel Base for deeper hues. Disclosure: BobVila.com participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for publishers to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Oh, and what color did you use on your kitchen cabinets? Am very curious what your take would be on painting those since they are usually high traffic areas like the kitchen and bath. Thanks for sharing the wealth (of knowledge!! We had our home painted by professional painters three years ago, and when I asked them about some of our ugly but very functional laminate furniture, they told me to paint it. Any suggestions or tips? Did you put anything over your paint on this project? The finished product looks beautiful. Check out this post on Our Suburban Cottage ! (We live in Argentina.) This product is thick enough to block stains and knot holes in wood. If I use the mentioned oil based primer, what type of spray paint would I use? But before it fully cures, the paint remains sticky and may peel off easily if two painted surfaces bump against each other. No I didn’t sand first. :) I can usually find them for anywhere from 0.25 to $1.00 at yard sales or Salvation Army. Stix is a low VOC primer, which levels to a smooth surface and cleans up with soap and water. It glided on evenly and covered flawlessly. My go to primer and the best bonding primer for laminate surfaces is the Zinsser Primer, which covers all surfaces without the need of sanding. I much prefer to make repairs and restore. You’re my hero! You agree that BobVila.com may process your data in the manner described by our Privacy Policy. I didn’t know if the primer was more for covering the wood finish or to help the paint stick better (or both even). Hopefully a miracle happens in the next 3 days. I needed this info. I’m really disappointed with the result. latex paints may take one to four weeks to cure. If you painted with latex, you can repaint over it with more latex paint after you’ve repaired the chips/peels. Thanks again for sharing. I have bookmarked this post for future project reference. Ensure that the laminate is in good condition by repairing minor laminate damage or re-facing cabinets before applying paint. I’ve been wanting to paint my daughter’s laminate dresser for some time now, but didn’t know how to start. I had no idea how to do this and I just found the Bible of painting furntiure on your site. Then all of a sudden I just couldn’t take it anymore. I don’t know if anyone has mentioned it but I read somewhere that vegtable oil will take it off your hands so when I decided to upcycle an entertainment center into a play kitchen of course I got it all over my hands… and arms.. and legs.. and feet.. don’t ask :) anyway I thought I would try the veg oil before I sent hubby out for something and it worked great!!!!! Plus I have major tanin stains on the legs. And we still use vcr tapes too. Sherwin Williams has a store here and that’s where we’ve had the best success finding good quality paint and supplies. Especially for pros taking on a big job, who may not have the time to take down the gloss or sand the substrate. Looks so CRISP….You can’t tell its a FAKE :). And then I never finished the inside “ceilings” of the cubbies because I was just exhausted. I’m really excited to begin. I would use that anywhere in the house. We have had a few houses in the past, and I have painted every room. It is inspiring to see how much of a transformation that made. I used a flat latex paint and let it completely dry, so no problems with anything sticking to the paint. Boo on you Ohio and your stinkin ban on oil based lovliness. Ooooo do I have plans…hubby will not understand (lots of eye rolling) but the results will be killah! A coat of Polycrylic will help protect your paint job, but I didn’t deem it necessary in this case. I am only wondering about the piece I want to paint. (I do have an extra freezer though, it might stink up your freezer if you only have one. Looks great to me! I actually started my furniture painting ‘career’ on laminate pieces so I could practice my technique and get it right…lucky for me my first piece came up better than I imagined, it turns out I have some natural talent for this! What a transformation. While I was at it, I even painted these inexpensive mini cabinets to hold the kids movies and other toys. Love it! Awesome!! Thanks for sharing! It now looks like a really expensive piece. I love the look of white cabinets and think it would really brighten up my kitchen. Like something straight out of Pottery Barn! I wrote my notes down and will hopefully start this weekend. I’ve primed and painted a laminate piece before…I didn’t use anything special, but I wish I had b/c I know it won’t hold up forever. It’s the Singer Quantum Stylist, and it’s been really good to me all these months! Would you happen to remember the discount furniture store you got it from? I’m wondering how spray primer works? Back in the 90s, we used it in our family room to store all of our media equipment, but then we eventually moved it to the kids’ play space. Zinsser is in the Rustoleum family, and is in my mind the best primer on the market. Kate, Want to paint my bathroom cabinets quickly and slightly painless process 1st time-original 94 ones as kitchen are too–what type paint product should I get and keep with the primer and minor sanding? Hi there, that came up great! I would’ve never guessed it was laminate! Now they’re tan, and it looks fabulous :), Thanks for the post! But it’s good to have some on hand anyway just to get any paint off your hands ! And, I also have this piece of furniture (a wardrobe). I just bought a large dresser type furniture and have seen a couple of blogs that inspired me but not very much details on the how to. Valspar Bonding Primer-Sealer sands down smooth. Thank you. 1.Rust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer. This is so helpful – and you do great work! Teresa. All my spray paint, keeps cracking and looks horrible. Both pieces began chipping only a couple of months later. The hubs usually ends up doing that part so now if I tell him about the primer trick, he will love you too! I just don’t want to end up with a scuffed mess. I’m panicking. It was time to paint it! Do I still need to prime? 2. so needlessly to say the paint just scratched right off – any way I can fix this – do I need to sand all the previous paint job right off… or can I just sand the parts that are scratched and then reprime… any ideas? Welcome to the place where I share my stories and expertise! Now for some paint shopping!! Thank you for taking the time to share this. Thanks for the inspiring post. PVA primer seals the surface of drywall and provides a good base for paint. Kate, Hi, I painted a laminate table top today, after reading your wonderful blog post. Wow, I am sooooo glad you posted about this!!! I have also used that Zinsser product to paint all the workwork in my previous house, as they had spray laquered it after painting it and it worked well. I was heading to Home Depot for some primer and I’m so glad I have your recommendation first! Thank you! I’m wondering how it’s holding up? Great!! thank you for sharing!! Blessings, Your upper body will thank you.) Kate. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. even took it right outta the brush and roller!! It is a great table, but the top is U.G.L.Y. “This resin-based primer is a sealer as well, so nothing bleeds through. I have always shied away from painting laminate, but now I see I really need to give it a go. ), HELP! Thanks again so much!!! Fabulous! But first, double-check that your stock is well suited for the job. Any thoughts on something call bull 1-2-3 or something similar named, My color choice something teal/purplish as gt tiling finally..and next steps will be bathroom walls #4.XIM 11051 Advanced Technology UMA Bonder. I had primed it, then painted it and then, when it was too late, I realized you good scrap off the paint with a fingernail……..so disappointing! I’m THRILLED to find this out!!!! Even after you have scuff-sanded it, and even if you are using chalk paint. Get free shipping on qualified Laminate Primers or Buy Online Pick Up in Store today in the Paint department. I should have just used the chalk paint. I have been a fool. So just follow your steps? Wow! This is so great to know! This primer dries really fast, but if you want a longer time to work with your primer and minimize brush strokes, use an additive called Penetrol that I’ve talked about here and here. Really fresh. I do believe they are laminet and they are glossy. I’m actually wanting to do the same to mine but i would like to use metallic paints to give it that old hollywood mirrored effect. I’ve painted some bookcases before and had that problem, but I’m not sure what I did wrong. If  your first-choice paint applicator for the traditionally flat surface of laminate cabinets is a brush, take a moment to reconsider. Bubbling while the paint/primer is still wet.2. We’ve owned this laminate and particle board media center for about fifteen years. Kate, this was so helpful! I was just talking to my girlfriend about painting her laminate tv center, too funny!!! do you wish you would have painted the pieces sooner??? It is shellac-based, so it dries within minutes and sticks like glue to glossy surfaces. To my frustration, the darn paint peels off so easily. This is absolutely key. Here in New Zealand we have a fantastic product by Resene called Smooth Surface Sealer, and it is waterbased. Many people shy away from oil based products because they require paint thinner or mineral spirits to clean up. These popular paint tools tend to leave an unsightly trail of brush strokes in their wake. I notice you use chalk paint quite a bit on your projects – although not this one. Prime your laminate dresser with 2 coats of bonding primer for the best results. There are different types of primer, such as oil-based primer, acrylic primer, and spray-on primer. Does the oil based paint and primer stand up to that treatment. I did have a question… when painting the piece after priming, do you use the roller or just a brush? Ditto what Amy asked! I have a dresser that desperately needs some paint, and you’ve given me much needed inspiration. Or paint over it? Like polyurethane or something like that? With a water-based primer underneath. You can mask metal on the hinges with painter’s tape and paint the doors in place, or, if the hinges are visible and removable, take the doors down from the cabinets and paint them separately on a work bench or sawhorse. Question for you, though. We painted an old laminate bookcase this weekend. Lastly, pull on a pair of chemical-resistant work gloves before you go off to paint the town—or perhaps in this case, your cabinets—red! I have UGLY furniture that I bought about 7 years ago..wasnt ugly then! Thanks again! Hello Kate, I’m writing you from Argentina (sorry if my English is not so good!!) This looks GREAT! Kate. And for those of you who are wondering, yes the giant map is still there, just on the opposite wall ! Have you ever painted that type of thing? I’ve always wondered if i can paint these bookshelves …, http://www.jysk.hu/120/496/3658948/a/catalog, would appreciate your feedback. It isnpired me to try to paint my nasty bookcase of dark brown wood laminate/over particleboard. It looks adorable! This is awesome! You are the everready bunny! Great job my dear. Oh how I wish I would have learned this a year ago! I’ve got a few pieces of laminate that I’ll be practicing on eventually now! Thanks for being so detailed as to why oil based is better than water based. You can see my results here, if you like! I got a great round kitchen table off Craig’s List for $50 but did not realize that the top was laminate. I tried to sand it smooth and it won’t sand. I’m sending this over to her, she will love you for it :). I am worried about paint scraping off of shelves. Very helpful! Do test the paint and primer first. Filed Under: Before + After, DIY, Organization179 Comments ». Hi, I think this will make things a heck of a lot easier now. Thanks. Did you know that there’s a countertop paint which you can buy at any home improvement store, made especially for laminate? In fact, the kids are already sliding their baskets around and no scratches yet – it’s that primer that holds the paint on the piece. Kate, Do you put any kind of finish on afterwards? It’s very plain, so I’m thinking of adding some trim and painting it. Reviews: 7 Best Bonding Primer for Kitchen Cabinets 2020 1. Poor adhesion after the paint has dried/cured.This will cause all your hard work and paint finish to scratch off easily long after your piece is complete.This is a perfect piece to show you The 2 Best Ways to Paint Laminate Furniture. When looking for the best bonding primer for kitchen cabinets, there are more than a couple of things you should definitely remember-first, the different types of primer and second, their most important benefits. Thanks a lot, and greetings from Argentina. Do you think I should have the primer tinted to a darker color? Never heard of bonding primer? It is the bathroom vanity and I was wondering if there was an extra step like a finishing coat of something I should add being that it is the bathroom (steam, water splashes, etc). A good bonding primer is essential to ensure that topcoats adhere to tough-to-paint surfaces. Your media cabinet looks fantastic! Eek! :), I use cover stain as a primer almost exclusively. ). I am SO glad I found your blog! Before you start painting laminate cabinets, gently wipe away settled-on grime and grease using trisodium phosphate. Great job. AWESOME! Apply your paint to a small, inconspicuous area of the cabinet (like the back of one you hardly ever open), let it cure, then inspect the bonding. Great tips! I saw a little tiny article about painting laminate countertops (in a kitchen) in that 100 decorating ideas under $100 or something like that magazine. Let me know if you remember. Thanks so much for posting this!!!! It’s amazing how white makes the pieces look so much more modern. i have painted over laminate before too. Also, are any of your children of the toddler variety and, if so, how do you convince them to take long enough naps to paint an entire piece of furniture?! Just wondering if the paint has lasted? Now that it has been a few months, is the paint is staying put? My only concern is if they peel off or scratch off with frequent use? Subscribe to our YouTube Channel There are many good primers out there from water-based to oil, pigmented shellac, hybrid and so on. Can’t wait to start this project tonight!! And I do mean everywhere! Take a look! Super post. Oil based Zinsser grips like glue in my opinion, and without sanding. I doubt that they’ll make it through this move in 2 weeks though…not like I would be unhappy about that lol. Like removes like, I use this trick all the time works great + you have nice soft hands when you are done :), so true Kath, I use vegetable oil, works great!! It is incredibly inspirational to me. You can use the water based version by Zinsser in the blue can, but you really need to sand your surface beforehand, and you also must wait for the water based version to fully cure, which is a recommended 7 days.

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