How to Paint a Laminate Kitchen Table

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Paint outdated laminate tables for a modern look.
Paint outdated laminate tables for a modern look. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

While being a durable and easily cleaned material, laminate is not always attractive. It has traditionally been used to cover plywood or particle board countertops, tables and flooring. Often, the pattern on the laminate is printed on to look like wood grain. Over time, laminate begins to dull and the pattern or design fades. To revamp an old laminate tabletop, you can use paint to cover it.

Things You'll Need

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Scrubbing sponge
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Sanding block
  • Tack cloth
  • Painter's tape
  • Water-based primer
  • Water-based latex paint

Clean the table thoroughly with a scrubbing sponge and all-purpose cleaner. Scrub the entire surface to remove any food particles, dust or greasy residue. Dip the sponge in clean water and wipe it over the table to rinse away the cleanser.

Sand the table with 220-grit sandpaper. Use a sanding block to get a better grip on the paper. Sand enough to remove the glossiness from the surface. This will allow the primer and paint to adhere.

Wipe the table with a tack cloth to remove the dust from sanding.

Apply painter's tape over any parts of the table you don't want painted. If you have a metal strip over the outside edge, for example, place a strip of tape over the metal to protect it from paint.

Apply water-based primer to the table, using a 4-inch foam roller. Use primer that is suitable for laminate. Allow the primer to dry.

Apply water-based paint with a 4-inch foam roller. Allow the paint to dry completely and apply a second coat.

Remove all of the painter's tape once the second coat of paint has dried completely.

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