This is the part I don’t like when it comes to painting….the prepping! You must prep before painting or all of that hard work will be for nothing. So let’s get started…
My current project is a laminate cabinet that has been sitting in a corner for ages just begging for an update. I started off by disassembling the cabinet and removing all 11,135 screws! Not really, but it sure seemed that way. I wanted all the hardware and glass out of the cabinet so I wouldn’t get paint on them. Please, please people if you’re painting anything with hinges, hooks, handles, etc. remember to remove them and don’t think you are so good that you won’t get paint on them. Because you will, then you’ll end up getting mad and throwing your cabinet across the room. Not that I’m speaking from experience.
After I disassembled my cabinet I got down to business cleaning the gunky laminate. I used plain ‘ole Windex to clean the cabinet and it worked great!
Once the pieces were dry I lightly, LIGHTLY sanded the cabinet with 120 gritsandpaper. Remember it’s not wood and if you sand it too much you will end up sanding off the laminate and be left with the paper underneath.
Now we’re ready to paint. Instead of applying primer and paint separately I used an all-in-one by Valspar. It was an Ooops paint that was marked down to $2.50. I love Ooops paint. This is paint that a customer asked for but once they saw the finished color they said “Ooops, that’s not the color I wanted”. So the store marks down the price to get it sold. You can find this usually around the area where they mix the paint. The only drawback is that at times the store doesn’t specify the color by name, they just put a dab of the paint on the lid as a reference. Ooops paint is usually the only paint I ever use for the furniture I transform unless I am wanting a specific color or sheen.
Painters tip/trick- use aluminum foil to line your paint trays instead of buying clear replacement liners. Much cheaper and most everyone will have aluminum foil on hand.