While deciding on the changes in my Project Studio, I had choices to make besides the color. My old desks had stained surfaces, and each one had a different type of laminate top.
First this one.
The top is some sort of molded plastic or poly something-or-other. Either way, have you ever seen anything so hideous?
I happened to see this tutorial for painting over laminate at The Weathered Door one day while Pinning things onto my Painted Dressers, Desks, and Chests Pinterest board.
I planned to do exactly as Reeves at The Weathered Door instructed in her post. Until.
Firstly, I was out of Kilz primer or any type of primer except in a spray can. I was dragging my boot around at the time, so no furniture would be painted in the garage (hence, no spray painting). I couldn’t even get myself down the stairs, much less furniture!
Secondly, I planned to use a fresh can of Annie Sloan™ Chalk Paint, which is supposed to be fine over any surface with no sanding required. On this desk I decided to sand the top – just for kicks (in my stylish boot – grin). Ah…looks better already!
I cleaned the entire desk with the TSP we had in the garage and then gave it a water bath.
I painted the entire desk, front and back, top side and under side, with two coats of chalk paint (Annie Sloan™ Pure White). Ahem…the dark streaks on the desk are shadows cast from the large foyer light against the stair railings.
For the next desk, I got really bold and daring. I didn’t sand it. At all.
But, I did give it a bath with the TSP followed by a rinse.
Two coats of Annie Sloan™ Chalk Paint later (and Minwax Paste Finishing Wax), and this desk was ready for action.
I wish I could tell you how they will hold up over time. I’ll need to get back to you next year. So far…they are holding up well with no nicks or scars yet, heavy sewing machines and all!
I’m glad I did my desks with two different procedures so we’ll know which one (or both – or none) holds up over time.
Have you ever painted over laminate? How did yours hold up over time?