Painting formica. It's possible!
Our dining room is one of my favorite rooms in our house. We've shared a lot of good memories gathered around the farmhouse table. The room has many windows, so it gets a lot of natural light.
This past week, I painted the buffet countertop, which was a dark green laminate. The effect was dramatic! Instead of your eye stopping on the green countertop, the painted white buffet now blends into the room well. It looks more like the painted piece of furniture you'd expect to see in a farmhouse.
Here's the before...
And the after...
Here are the steps to take in painting formica countertop:
1. Clean the surface well.
2. Sand the surface to help paint adhere (I used a medium grit sanding block).
3. Clean the surface again.
4. Paint several coats if you are covering up a dark laminate with white. I used Home Depot's Behr Ultra (paint with primer). The color I chose was Benjamin Moore Simply White (OC-117)
5. Seal the paint with a few coats of Peel Stop Clear Binding Sealer by Zinsser (found on Amazon).
Notes: I first tried to use polyurethane as a sealant but it yellowed the white paint. Peel Stop did not yellow the paint and provides a fairly matte finish for a sealant... which I liked, since I was trying to achieve the look of an older piece of furniture. Since I just completed this project, I can't speak to the durability of the sealant yet.
One more before...
Ahhh, the power of budget-friendly paint! :)
If you'd like to see what our dining room looked like when we were first shown the house, you can see it here.
Hope you have a wonderful day!