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MoonChyld3
« on: September 24, 2007 08:34:59 AM »

So I got this great vanity from a family friend, but the drawer fronts are faux wood formica (I think). The rest of the vanity is white, so I was thinking if I painted the drawer fronts and got some new hardware (the drawer pulls are hideous) I could have a pretty nice looking piece of furniture. My boy says that if I sand it, it should help the paint adhere better.

Does anyone have experience with painting formica? Any advice would be really appreciated! I'll post pics later.
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2007 08:33:50 PM »

I would sand it and then prime it with an all purpose primer (like Kilz) before you paint it.

I know there's also a product that can be used for painting over ceramic tile-- melamine paint, I think? It smells awful, but it's supposed to stick to anything.

Or what about the spray paint made specifically for painting plastic?
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2007 06:49:10 AM »

Thanks, 5year. I think I probably will end up sanding and painting and hope for the best. That melamine sounds like it would be good too but I don't really feel like dealing with the fumes....

I also saw this post about painting formica/laminate that is the same idea and has very detailed instructions. It sounds like it might work *crosses fingers* - wish me luck!
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2007 07:24:28 AM »

Good luck!

I like your screen name, btw. Neverending Story reference?
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2007 08:45:47 PM »

I beleive you have to sand it down well and then do a primer and THEN paint and probably seal over that if you're going to use it for an everyday countertop.
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2007 11:04:55 AM »

So I finally did it! Thanks for the advice!  Grin

Here's the post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=201888.msg2148784#msg2148784

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