I have heard so many horror stories about painting over laminate. Despite all of my fears, I had to try it. This retro table matched my hanging Luby’s light so well that I couldn’t pass it up. It was a Craigslist score! Got it from a place that sells seat belt extenders. Weird. This thing was dated and totally the wrong color… and also a little gross looking.
I did a ton of googling and decided on my plan of attack. I read about this stuff called Zinsser 123. It comes in spray, too! Heart!
So, here’s the deal: It sticks to all surfaces without sanding. What?! Where has this been all of my flea flippin’ life?! The hardest part about this is waiting for it to dry. It dries to the touch in thirty minutes, can be recoated in one hour and has full adhesion and hardness after 7 days. That’s the killer. I primed this ugly-as-hell table with three coats of Zinsser 123, using a smooth roller brush for the top and the spray Zinsser for the metal legs, waiting about an hour between each coat. Then I waited. For seven long days. If you want this to stick and look great, you gotta wait for it to reach max adhesion before painting.
Then I sprayed several coats of Rustoleum Paint+Primer in Gloss White over the top and legs for a smooth glossy finish.
Ready?! Here it is all finished and chillin’ in the kitchen.
Just to be safe, we didn’t put anything on it for 30 days. I wanted to make sure the paint was able to fully cure and harden. We did have a little mishap with a Wendy’s bag. The bottom was wet and left a red ink smudge on the table and it dried before we noticed. Hubs grabbed a blue towel to try to remove the mark and it ended up leaving a blue smudge on top of the red one. Poor thing, he panicked. After a feeling of complete defeat and a holy-crap-all-this-time-waiting-for-paint-to-dry-has gone-down-the-tubes panic attack of my own, I used a tiny bit of Ajax to scour it off and it worked perfectly. So, go ahead and paint over that Ikea furniture! Zinsser, babe!
See more of my kitchen before and after here.
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