Monday, May 4, 2015

Farmhouse Dining Room ~ Buffet Makeover (Before & After)

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...

And after...

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!


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  1. Love the paint. Is it food grade? I have my kitchen that is country blue and I want to paint it another color. But, I think it needs to be ok for food to be on it. I really love yours. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you! No, it isn't food grade paint. The mfr. says it's non-toxic, but not certified food grade. I'll use the buffet for serving, not food prep, so I'm okay with it. :) Rustoleum has a countertop paint that I believe is food grade... it's harder to work with, in my opinion, because it's oil-based. But, if you're looking for a surface that food can be on, it may be worth looking into...

  2. I love how that turned out! It looks a lot better. You're so lucky to have all that counter space and cabinet space in your dining room!

  3. Painting your formica really makes a difference for your dining room. Love the result!!
    Mary Alice

    1. Yes, amazing what some paint and a little elbow grease can do! Just wondering why I waited 18 months to do it! ;)

  4. What a dramatic difference paint makes. Great job!

  5. Oh yes! I've painted Formica a few times before, even on old furniture pieces. I have a friend who went from country blue to French whites and it made a world of difference walking I to her I can imagine how you beam with joy seeing the Green be gone, and now Farmhouse country white.

    It's amazing!


    1. Thank you, Dore... it really did make such a difference in the feel of the room! Hope you are doing well!

  6. Wow, what a huge difference. Yes, the power of paint!

    1. I think I'm addicted now. :) If only there were more hours in the day!

  7. turned out gorgeous, thanks for sharing the product list!!

  8. LOVE LOVE the ties in with you style perfectly!! Such a pretty room!!

  9. I can't tell you how much I love how your make-over turned out! It is wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

  10. This looks beautiful. I have a formica countertop I'm ready to paint as well. How has this held up? I curious about its wear...


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