These directions were a huge help and worked perfectly. The color went well in my apartment, but it does not match my new house. What a transformation. Kate, Want to paint my bathroom cabinets quickly and slightly painless process 1st time-original 94 ones as kitchen are too–what type paint product should I get and keep with the primer and minor sanding? I bought some (it’s even tintable by the paint people) and I can’t wait to use it on my countertops. This product is thick enough to block stains and knot holes in wood. Now I’ve got an oops to fix. And is it true for laminate furniture? I only needed one coat. One thing at a time for me. So just follow your steps? Kate, it looks wonderful! I hate to clean up with mineral spirits too, so I also toss the brushes (stealthily) in the trash. I used the cover stain primer over a large desk that I thought might be to glossy for just my homemade chalk paint to adhere to. There’s no need to strip the units, but you might try this product for chipping and/or peeling. KILZ Adhesion is a unique latex primer developed to bond securely on slick surfaces where a traditional water or oil-base primer will not adhere. Jul 3, 2020 - Best Bonding Primer for Laminate Furniture Discover the best primer for your laminate furniture proj :), How refreshing!! I am wanted to paint a dresser for my babies nursery. I actually started my furniture painting ‘career’ on laminate pieces so I could practice my technique and get it right…lucky for me my first piece came up better than I imagined, it turns out I have some natural talent for this! Now for some paint shopping!! Thanks!! The best primer for laminate kitchen cabinets I also recommend the Sherwin Williams Extreme Bond Primer. Do test the paint and primer first. If I use the mentioned oil based primer, what type of spray paint would I use? It is finished in shellack (goma laca). Did you peel it all off first? (Though I think I have to wait to do it til after the baby is born since it’s an oil based product.). Lots of good information. Hey there I was wondering what about cabinets? Even after you have scuff-sanded it, and even if you are using chalk paint. I just love this post! I wrote my notes down and will hopefully start this weekend. I much prefer to make repairs and restore. Valspar Bonding Primer-Sealer sands down smooth. Thank you so much for this post! You can check it out here: http://www.justalittlebit.net/2010/08/05/the-twenty-dollar-facelift/. I love it against the wall color. I chose it because it matches my trim and I already had a gallon in my garage ! This is so great to know! Back in the 90s, we used it in our family room to store all of our media equipment, but then we eventually moved it to the kids’ play space. Learn how your comment data is processed. You can see my results here, if you like! xo. Great tips! I doubt that they’ll make it through this move in 2 weeks though…not like I would be unhappy about that lol. do you wish you would have painted the pieces sooner??? It isnpired me to try to paint my nasty bookcase of dark brown wood laminate/over particleboard. My girls have bunches of Disney movies on VHS too. Kate, this was so helpful! Cleans up with soap and water. Oil=based primer is the best bonding primer for laminate kitchen cabinets and oak cabinets. Awesome!! :). Dang, Girl….You just don’t ever stop. Do you know what I maybe did wrong? it helps break down the oil in the paint and I rub it on my hands and then wash off with a hand soap…it may take a few goes to get it all off, but it saves my skin getting dried out by the chemical paint remover ;). There are several options out there, my best piece of advice is to read the back of the can. Thank you for taking the time to share this. Perhaps send AnNicole an email and ask her how the additional coat has helped protect her surface. I have a few pieces that I’d rather paint than pay to replace, and if this tolerates every day use, I may try my hand at it. I was staring at the faux maple laminate last week and I decided the day had come. If  your first-choice paint applicator for the traditionally flat surface of laminate cabinets is a brush, take a moment to reconsider. I’ve always wondered if i can paint these bookshelves …, http://www.jysk.hu/120/496/3658948/a/catalog, would appreciate your feedback. No, I was asking about adding a finish afterwards. OMG, thank you so much for the how to. I have been planning on painting my already white laminate kitchen cabinets for a while. I am so excited about this post. Your media center looks great! I’ve got a laminate cabinet that I’m dying to spiff up. It truly is amazing what a transformation some paint can do! According to the Dowdings, the best primer is INSL-X Prime Lock. haha! If I were doing a small side table, do you think that Zinnser would still be good to use for a primer? What is the green on the walls? However, if you use a cheap roller and cheap brush (my combo costs less than $2 dollars), you can toss them out when you’re done and not have to worry about cleaning your brush or roller with mineral spirits. Both pieces began chipping only a couple of months later. I can only guess it might not have been mixed properly. Thank you. I love that you don’t have to sand the nasty laminate. About 2 weeks ago I painted our laminate kitchen cabinets a white color. I painted my laminated (fake wood) paneling in my family room and it looks so great! Do you think I should have the primer tinted to a darker color? We had our home painted by professional painters three years ago, and when I asked them about some of our ugly but very functional laminate furniture, they told me to paint it. It was purchased in the leaner years from a discount furniture store. I personally love Zinssers B-I-N primer for laminate projects. You are the everready bunny! Hello Kate, I’m writing you from Argentina (sorry if my English is not so good!!) I’m sending this over to her, she will love you for it :). Love it! OMG! so needlessly to say the paint just scratched right off – any way I can fix this – do I need to sand all the previous paint job right off… or can I just sand the parts that are scratched and then reprime… any ideas? i have something laminate i want to paint but didn’t know if it would work, now i know it will! Bonding primer was something that I never knew about, until worked for Valspar and did so for 5 years. That looks terrific! Learn more. Poor adhesion after the paint has dried/cured.This will cause all your hard work and paint finish to scratch off easily long after your piece is complete.This is a perfect piece to show you The 2 Best Ways to Paint Laminate Furniture. After seeing your photos, I’m definitely encouraged! For the longest time (like most moms) I was just grateful for the storage it brought me and I didn’t care what color it was. I’ve primed and painted a laminate piece before…I didn’t use anything special, but I wish I had b/c I know it won’t hold up forever. Did you use oil or latex paint over the primer? ), but it’s been 4 days, and I can scratch it off still. Check out this post on Our Suburban Cottage ! It glided on evenly and covered flawlessly. :) Thanks so much! is there any way I can get a smooth texture or brushed on texture. Yes, my kids watch movies on a VCR – they’re cheap ! It looks great. Yes Nicole, you need to prime any faux wood surface like laminate or veneer first before painting. thank you thank you thank you thank you!!! Your armoire came out beautifully! I swear by Zinsser primer – it’s like a miracle in a can. Apply your paint to a small, inconspicuous area of the cabinet (like the back of one you hardly ever open), let it cure, then inspect the bonding. I’m so sorry you’re having a bad experience, I have had nothing but success with the product which is why I’m always using it. Consider yourself bookmarked. Totally different and so pretty. Hi, I have it all around my baseboards and windows and it is so builder’s grade circa 2000 when my house was built. Fabulous! I was puzzled but after reading your post I see why. Thank you. Now that Spring has finally showed up the past few weeks, I will be getting out in the garage and sorting out and weeding out of things in those cabinets. We have had a few houses in the past, and I have painted every room. ;), Hi Jenn, I mentioned a sewing machine in this post, I hope it’s the one you were thinking of. So I think I will go with your primer and finish it up! The Clear Bonding Primer from Country Chic Paint is hands down my favorite bonding primer for laminate furniture for two reasons. I’ve been wanting to paint my daughter’s laminate dresser for some time now, but didn’t know how to start. I’m proud of myself for being so patient (OMW, it’s so hard!! quick question, what finish did you use for the white paint? I’m always finding cheap laminate bookcases, but I never buy them. Hopefully a miracle happens in the next 3 days. But it’s good to have some on hand anyway just to get any paint off your hands ! Before you start painting laminate cabinets, gently wipe away settled-on grime and grease using trisodium phosphate. Janell. In this video, our very own Troy tests multiple waterborne bonding primers to see which dries the fastest and provides the most durable finish. Would it work just as well? This is absolutely key. The laminate or high gloss lacquer is now ready for a coat of Dulux Supergrip primer. Here’s a glimpse of the wall from last year’s post about the map room: Various bins and baskets from Target, Michaels and Pottery Barn. It now looks like a really expensive piece. So if you’ve got a laminate piece hanging around your house that you want to freshen, go ahead and paint it! I have never used the oil based primer followed by latex paint combo. Your cabinets came out gorgeous!!! Bonding primer tends to be thick, so for the smoothest application, a foam roller is best. http://lh3.ggpht.com/_nBY4hUD_lh4/TUCmoQ09MtI/AAAAAAAABHU/RZNXe8IvzbI/s512/HPIM2036.JPG Do you know if I could use the primer wihthout sanding? This primer is in Argentina (Rustoleum has a branch here), so I wonder if you kwow I could paint this chandelier using, first, the primer, and then, at last, the paint. Laminate doesn’t play well with all primers and paints, only those specially formulated to adhere to its picky surface. Hmmmm, I think I want to paint a few things. And we still use vcr tapes too. I have put one top coat on and just taken a look at it and there is a chip off the top already. I am about to embark on my first laminate painting job, and you’ve given me great hope that it can be a success. I’m not quite ready to take that plunge yet. 5 WOW!!!! With a water-based primer underneath. The island was painted wood, not laminate, but I’ve used the Zinsser CS on several laminate projects (entertainment center, credenza, shelving) and have been very pleased with the way it holds up. Thanks! I thought DH had written on the top of can the date we purchased it but didn’t see that information but know that it has been about 4 years since any painting was done around here. Then I think, I woud paint with paint in spray (aerosol). I only sand any drips or brush marks in between coats, and always lightly, but often it’s not necessary. Thanks for this post! It’s not that I don’t like blonde wood, I just don’t like faux blonde wood. Oh yes you can paint that laminate ! I’m not sure if the chandelier is of bronze. Kate. Boo on you Ohio and your stinkin ban on oil based lovliness. Does the oil based paint and primer stand up to that treatment. Totally dig your blog!! Ugh! I love it! High adhesion primer increases painting possibilities by bonding to a wide range of surfaces. Hi Carissa, I don’t think Zinsser’s oil based primer is odorless, I believe it’s their new and improved water based formula. Thanks for the inspiring post. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. I loveeeeeee your site, tackling a headboard next. I spied a gallon can of Zinnser Stain blocker/primer and wondering now how long that would keep or if I should just take it to landfill. Thank you! I have cabinets from probably the 80’s and I want them WHITE! I’m a renovator, decorator, pattern maker, and globetrotter who writes about great interior design, smart home improvement, and my travel adventures. I’m really hoping we can find the right product to adhere to glossy surfaces. Here's the Best Bonding Primers for Laminate! I have an older lingerie chest with formica on the top, it’s on my list of re-do’s so I’m hoping this same Zinser Primer will work on formica. Then all of a sudden I just couldn’t take it anymore. My mother sent me the link to your blog today. I have the Hemnes dresser as well and I wanted to update the color, as well as some laminate bookcases I want to update! Like polyurethane or something like that? I did read Lindseys post on painting laminate so that I could start painting a cheap-o credenza for our office. Thanks for your help. And how do you prevent brush strokes? Welcome to the place where I share my stories and expertise! Getting ready to do some bookcases for my office, and I need to make sure it will be pretty durable. Thanks for sharing the wealth (of knowledge!! We’ve got some ugly old laminate pieces leftover from my husband’s bachelor days that I’d love to revamp because we need the storage! Being water-soluble, Valspar Bonding Primer-Sealer easily cleans up or thins with water. Zinsser does have a ‘deep tint’ primer which will tint very dark but note that it’s water based and takes the same week long period of time to fully harden. It is magic stuff….I have even painted over mirrors in the back of china cabinets and you wouldn’t know once the paint top coats are done. thank you for sharing!! I wish I did Meredith, so sorry, it’s been years! Laminate doesn’t play well with all primers and paints, only those specially formulated to adhere to its picky surface. By the way, I LOVE your blog and appreciate tremendously the inspiration you give me with all your fabulous ideas. Hi Michelle, I’d use an enamel paint, they are harder and glossier and easier to wipe down, or you can use a protective coat like Polycrylic. Between sanding and painting, do you have to wash the dust off? It is incredibly inspirational to me. The best part of all is, I changed the look of this piece in 48 hours! New Name, Same Hardworking Formula, KILZ ADHESION 1 gal. I am worried about paint scraping off of shelves. I’ve got an Ikea cabinet that I’d LOVE to paint. It was time to paint it! Thank you so much for this tutorial. I was heading to Home Depot for some primer and I’m so glad I have your recommendation first! I love your blog. This is awesome! AWESOME! I would use that anywhere in the house. This would be perfect for my little ones toy room. Rust-Oleum 1-2-3 PrimerRust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer takes the top spot as our best primers for kitchen cabinets. Kate, Hi, I painted a laminate table top today, after reading your wonderful blog post. There are different types of primer, such as oil-based primer, acrylic primer, and spray-on primer. Great job my dear. Thanks, girl! 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