At over 26,000 views, one of my most watched YouTube tutorials is on how to paint over laminate with Annie Sloan chalk paint.
Since a lot of people are interested in this topic, I’m sharing a post that I originally published September 2014.
My posts are about my own experience with the product and are not sponsored.
I do not have a ton of patience when it comes to my projects. I see a piece, I have my vision and I just want to get started. That being said, I do spend a lot of time filling, sanding and doing light carpentry work on pieces to get them ready to paint. However, when it comes to laminate I have had great success in doing…nothing! Annie Sloan Chalk Paint will adhere beautifully to laminate. All I do is clean my piece to remove any residue or dirt and then apply the paint.
Here are a few examples of this.
This large chest came to me in the shiniest, brightest orange/red I have ever seen. My client wanted it transformed (could you blame her?) and I called it the Fireball Formica Transformation. It turned out beautifully in Annie Sloan’s soft grays with the red just peeking through the distressing.
I believe you all know the Shabby Glam dresser? Once again, laminate top. It had been glued on at some point and it was on there very securely. If I had tried peeling it off, it would have left a chipped up mess. So, instead I painted it. Annie Sloan Cream and Old White covered it perfectly.
Yesterday, I redid this great french provincial piece for my daughter’s room. It is the standard, laminate topped, 1960’s piece. It only took two coats of Annie Sloan’s Old White for it to go from dated to bright and young.I made a video of the transformation. It is on my YouTube channel and above in Tutorials. It shows how easily the paint applies and adheres to the laminate. It also shows that I really need to wear more makeup and that my movie making skills are still less than stellar!
No need to throw out the old shiny stuff – just paint it!