Repurposing Furniture

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Yes you can paint laminate!

Here is what you need to do.  Think about furniture in a new way, embrace the unusual and fix the ugly.  I took the front panels on either side of the cabinet off and filled the holes.  I then went to Home Depot, but their panel saw could not cut wood small enough for new shelves.  So I went to Windsor Plywood.  I found scrap wood in their cut off pile and paid $3.00 to have shelves cut.  I installed the shelves with tiny L brackets.  Then I sanded the entire piece of furniture with 120 grit sand paper so the paint would stick to the laminate.  I removed the door and hardware so it would be easier to paint with a roller.  I painted the corners and crevices with a sponge brush and used a mini roller for the rest.  I put 3 coats of paint on the shelf including the back and underneath.  I then lightly sanded the paint with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out the bumps.  

I gave this piece a distressed look by sanding the edges and grooves with 150 grit sandpaper.  This gives the piece character and patina.  When I say patina basically it's bound to get chipped or scratched when you distress furniture the imperfections through wear and tear become patina and blend in.  I then put 3 coats of semi-gloss Varathane on the shelf, spray painted the hardware and put furniture feet on the bottom.