Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Painting my Laminate Furniture

So while I was stalking some of my favorite bogs--I came across a couple posts about painting cheapy laminate furniture (THIS one is my favorite and is the one that I followed).  I was OVER JOYED with the idea and prospect of painting cheapy laminate furniture--because my house is FULL OF THE STUFF!

So for my first attempt I chose this lovely little book shelf from ikea.
(It normally is FULL of all of our DVD's and Videos (I forgot to take a picture of it while it was all full)--and yes, we still own a million videos and probably will for a while cause who wants to replace all of them?  And why do we have so many movies?  Because we haven't had and TV for the last 8 years.)

Blah, Blah, Boring
Especially since we got our new couches off craigslist (which you can read about HERE)--everything on that wall is just TAN.

Something had to be done!  And since my hubby didn't want me painting the wall--the furniture is getting the makeover!

So we start by spreading out my sheets (they make excellent drop cloths).  And yes--I am painting it right in my living room--cause it was a million degrees below zero in my garage.


Then I primed it with this TRULY AWESOME PRIMER (designed specifically to go over shiny surfaces WITHOUT SANDING!!!!):

I only did 1 coat of primer (Notice the little green vase thing in the background.  It will get a little makeover too): 

Then I started in with the paint (I used Behr Latex Semi Gloss Paint called Bison Brown)--and I started to have a heart attack because the paint out of the can looked SO HORRIBLE.  Look at the color:


And yes--now that I look back, I must have been crazy to paint with that DARK BROWN PAINT so close to my new to us couches!!!!

But thankfully not a drop of paint got anywhere it wasn't supposed to.  And DOUBLE THANKFULLY the paint dried to the nice rich deep brown that I had wanted.


After 3 coats (2 coats probably would have been fine--but I am anal that way) it was ready to put the shelves back in.  And of course while putting them in--THIS HAPPENED (on EVERY SINGLE SHELF I might add):


But really--you want the shelves to fit tightly--so there is no way to get those guys in there without a little scraping.  Nothing a little touch up paint couldn't fix.

And now they are all filled and looking AMAZING!!!


I know they would be much prettier decorated beautifully with pictures and greenery and cute baskets and such.  But in our 1200 square feet--we only have space for FUNCTIONALITY! 

But at least it is now functional AND beautiful!


I love it from EVERY ANGLE!!


Now--see the WHITE END TABLE between the couches?


Now that I know how easy it is to give my furniture a make over--I have selected this piece to be my next victim!  So hopefully I will have another great makeover very soon!

35 comments:

  1. Ok I love it, it looks so great!! I have a few pieces I would love to do that to, who knew you could?! I noticed that little green vase (and the cute red one on top of your shelf!) before you even mentioned it, I can't wait to see what you are going to do with it!

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  2. We have a ton of laminate furniture but I didn't think you could paint it. Your's looks great! If you really hate the look of the videos, you could always hang a panel of coordinating fabric over the front. I think it looks pretty good the way it is though. :) I'd love it if you would link this project up to my link party!

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  3. Great job on your bookscase!
    I ♥ your couches. Do you mind sharing where you found them? Very impressed with the little green/cranberry vase. Wonderful color match with your pillows.

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  4. This looks great! It's inspiring me to tackle the 3 boring bookshelves we own. They are laminate and also were beaten up when we moved across the country. I think it's time for a makeover.

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  5. I just featured your project on my blog! Check it out here: http://www.polishthestars.com/2011/01/link-party-monday_31.html

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  6. I saw your project on Polish the Stars and had to come and check it out! I have a laminate bookshelf that I have been dying to paint for a long time, so it's great to see how you did it. Also? Love your blog. I am your newest follower! =)

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  8. OH JUST WHAT I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR!!! I HAVE SO MANY LAMINATED GOOD PIECES BUT AM TIRED OF THE SAME COLOR AFTER SO MANY YEARS.I WAS WORRIED ABOUT THE PAINT PEELING OFF CAUSE THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO A FRIEND OF MINE WHEN SHE PAINTED HER BATHROOM CABINET. IT WAS HORRIBLE TO DO ALL THAT WORK JUST TO HAVE IT PEEL OFF. SHE USED A PRIMER BUT I DONT KNOW WHAT KIND.

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  10. I have a dresser that is laminet. do u think if i put things on top of it would scratch? or is there a paint that seals it in?

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  11. Off the subject of painting you could put all of your DVDs into albums and save a ton of space, paint looks great

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    1. That's what I did :-) It does save tons of space !! I cut the part out that told about movies and put into slot with the movie.

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