Painting Laminated Flat-pack Furniture

Painting Laminated Flat-pack Furniture

Painting Laminated Flat-pack Furniture

Flat-pack. Laminate. MDF. Composite woods. Those are words often equated with mass-produced, low quality, disposable, boring furniture. 
The cupboard in this photo was all of the above. But a splash paint and some cool handles can work wonders!
But there was a problem. It had laminate covered composite MDF wood. Laminate is a plastic type covering to make composite wood look like, erm, wood. Real solid wood.
But its not. Its laminate. Like plastic, laminate is usually very hard to paint. Well, easy to paint, but hard for it to be durable! The surface is slick and avoids longterm comment (adhesion). 
But, I thought this would make a great linen cabinet full of lovely vintage linens, or perhaps rolled up fluffy towels. So I wanted to paint it. 
Voodoo Molly Bondcoat Primer to the rescue. This primer is a high-adhesion undercoat perfer for smooth surfaces such as laminate, formica, glass and tile. 

Painting Laminated Flat-pack Furniture Method

    1. Clean your project well, removing all traces of dirt, grease, wax and loose particles. I like to use sugar soap, but any good detergent will do. 

    2. Repair any holes or cracks with wood filler as per product directions. In this unit, there was a large scratch on one side, so a little filler smoothed that out nicely. 

    3. Sand the entire surface with 100 grit sandpaper. This will give the surface 'tooth' for adhesion. You can use an electric sander if you wish, like I did. But remember, do not over sand! You do not want to sand through the thin laminate surface.

    4. Clean off all sanding dust before painting. You don't want your finish to look gritty. 

    5. Use a paint brush to apply a thin coat of Voodoo Molly Bondcoat Primer. 

    6. Dry overnight before painting with Voodoo Molly Vintage Paint. To get this look, use Duck Egg Blue for the inside, and Antique White or Classic White on the outside. 

    7. When you have finished painting dress it up with some cool knobs. 

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