Old Dresser Makeover: How to Paint Laminate Furniture

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Task number 1,999 on our to-do list is finally done! Last time we spoke {geez was it really two weeks since my last post?} I shared this little green booger of a dresser we scored off of Craig's List.


You can read all about my plans here on how I wanted to utilize it as a changer/dresser for Baby B's nursery. Two lessons I learned from this lil' project of ours.

1. Never shop off of Craig's List while high on pregnancy brain fog.
2. How to paint laminate furniture.

So apparently I misread the CL listing {see lesson 1 above} because I was under the impression that this was a solid wood dresser I had bargained for. Come to find out it wasn't.

Thank goodness a little on-line guidance & inspiration was able to save this synthetic bad boy.


Come to find out painting laminate is really not that difficult.

Besides your brush and paint color of choice all you need is to pick yourself up some of this
Zinsser Primer & Sealer.
The can read that it sticks to all surfaces with out the need for sanding first.
No sanding? Sold!
The hubz took over this project so I could avoid the fumes
{after all pregnancy has already killed off some of my brain cells}.
He used two coats of the primer and then the number of coats of regular paint will vary depending on what color your furniture is to begin with and also the final color you are choosing to paint it.
Since our piece was a dark green & we were aiming for a stark white dresser it took approximately 5-6 coats of paint before I felt satisfied with the coverage.


My favorite part about the dresser of course are the aqua-blue polka dotted knobs I found for 50% off at Hobby Lobby.






I think the knobs definitely helped bring that "baby vibe" to the dresser yet at the same time it's not overwhelmingly babyish or anything to where he'll outgrow it too soon!


The globe was a $4 find at Goodwill a few weeks back.
Finally, my year long globe hunting paid off!


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 So there you have it, another check mark on that to-do list!
Oh how I LURVVE seeing those check marks.

PS. You can check out my other nursery projects here:
Thrift Store Chandelier Makeover
Dream Big Little One Nursery Wall Printables


19 comments

Katie said...

you are amazing!! that looks SOOO good and i'm so impressed!! can you believe we are 7 weeks away? 6 weeks for you right? It is SOOOO close!!!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

This turned out SO cute!! Total transformation!

Megan Vaughn said...

It turned out so beautiful! I love those little knobs. Hope you are feeling well. ;)

Jenna LaFevor said...

Great makeover! I have some laminate furniture in my basement waiting for a makeover - so I will definitely be getting some of that primer! Thanks for sharing the tips! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

courtney said...

it looks great! I had pregnancy brain fog when i redid our kichen table, I thought it was all wood too. btw the knobs are adorable!

Michelle Robblee said...

The dresser looks perfect! The knobs are precious. Love the way everything looks...pregnancy brain or not--beautiful!

Krista thehappyhousie said...

It looks fabulous! And all the little touches you added on top are so cute! The knobs are so great, I love those:)
Krista

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

I love how it turned out! the color is perfect and those knobs are absolutely cute!

mari of {crab+fish} said...

I love how it turned out! Perfect for Baby B!

My first attempt at painting furniture was such a P.A.I.N!!! because I thought the piece was real wood so I citri-stripped the paint job...only to find out all the drawer fronts and major dresser panels were plywood/fiberboard -- ARGH! Could have just painted right over it to get the exact same result. But now I know for next time.

Meg {henninglove} said...

no sanding what?? ill be picking up some of that stuff for sure! i love that dresser and score for finding that globe!! patience and consistent looking eventually does pay off

Tonia Larson said...

Awesome! I soooo need to do that to a dresser in my house!

adson stone said...

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JoAnn Hutcheson said...

This turned out really nice - I love Zinsser Bulls Eye over the other brand!

Laura Tusken said...

Great job and I love those knobs! Thanks for linking up at Throwback Thursday! :)

Adam Smith said...

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Sarah said...

This room is beautiful and totally inspired me to do something similar! I was wondering where you found the grey and orange polka dot dresser drawer storage inserts.

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Hi Sarah! I actually found the drawer bins at The Container Store. It looks like they still have them http://www.containerstore.com/shop?productId=10035326&N=&Nao=20&Ntt=drawer+organizers

Stephanie said...

Since you didn't put a top coat on it, has the paint chipped any?

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Hi Stephanie, I saw you were a no-reply blogger so I couldn't directly email you back to answer your question but no luckily it has not chipped at all! There are A Lot of coats on there so I suspect it will last for awhile.

Talking to myself is no fun & borderline crazy, however, please note if your email isn't linked to your account, I have no way to reply back. Insert sad face. Feel free to leave your email in your comment so we can chat and I can answer your questions!

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