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« on: January 13, 2013 09:16:29 AM »

I would like to paint this wardrobe white for our nursery.  I'm sure it's press board, MDF or something of the like.  I haven't unpackaged it yet to investigate.  http://www.biglots.com/p/c/dressers-and-nightstands/storage-wardrobe-1

Any tips or suggestions on which paint and/or paint technique to use?

The nursery will be modern, so I'd prefer solid white w/o brush strokes -- a nice clean finish.  Does that mean I should spray it?  Roll it?  Hrm. Huh

Also, would you personally paint the inside?  The rest of the nursery will be a mix of white and dark wood, so really, my mind is battling itself on this option. Cheesy  The lazy half is saying leave it dark inside.  The finicky half is saying to paint the inside as well.  What do you think?
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2013 02:48:59 PM »

Gosh I really don't know. I don't think I've ever painted pressed wood. I would assume that spray paint would be better, though. I hope someone else knows for sure!!

(Also, I, too, am lazy and would leave the inside dark if it'll go along with the rest of the decor!)
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2013 04:17:27 PM »

Add something fun to the inside, like corkboard and a frame and you can put little one's newest drawing or other special info on the inside (info for babysitters about bedtimes and pjs?) ... but that's just my idea because I, too, am lazy and wouldn't paint it.  Cheesy

Or chalk board paint and the kiddos can decorate and you can shut it away when you're trying to clean!

Also hmmm ... I have two links on Pinterest about painting laminate PDF board stuff ...

http://www.sasinteriors.net/2012/08/how-to-paint-laminate-furniture/
http://thepeartreecottage.blogspot.com/2011/07/painting-particle-board-laminate.html
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2013 07:21:38 PM »

Oooh, thank you thank you!  LOVE the idea about adding some sort of decor to the inside, too.  Could do a little cork section, maybe some fun hooks, etc.
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2013 05:36:43 AM »

Definitely make the inside fun! I love the idea of using corkboard and/or some chalkboard paint. You could also decoupage the shelves with some pretty scrapbook paper that matches baby's room. Make it fun to open up! Like a mullet: business in the front, party in the back (or inside, in this case).
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2013 06:24:48 AM »

Or put pretty fabric along the back 'wall' - could be nice.
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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2013 12:30:47 PM »

Such a fun project, sweets.

Make sure your prime the surface before painting. My guess is that it is some kind of pressed wood product with veneer or paper over top. It will hold paint better with primer.

I like the idea of wallpaper of chalkboard paint for the back. You use coordinating fabric for that too. Then if you leave the doors off it will help to accent the room decor. So many possibilities. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2013 02:48:06 AM »

You need to prime it first before painting. Let the paint get dried, once it dried give final touch up.

Use small brush for cutting in the edges and a small roller (foam) for larger ones.


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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2013 01:43:45 PM »

Thanks for all of your help, guys!  I ended up with an oil-based primer (white) and then we used two coats of paint (also white) on top of that.  It looks great!  I'll post a photo once I snag some good ones of the nursery.
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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2013 02:45:01 AM »

I agree with all the above posters, of course its good to primer first and then paint.  If I am on your place then paint both the sides inside as well as outside.
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