Name: Cheri Time: 4 days Cost: $60 Cheri says:
My purpose for this project was because the laminate counter and VCT floor in my new apartment didn't match. I couldn't stand the cold gray countertop, so decided to do a warm dark brown counter to tie in the floor. I also removed the horrible existing cabinet pulls and replaced with a simple stainless steel pull from Ikea.
- Mouse sander with 150 sandpaper
- Wide roll of painters tape
- Xylol solvent
- XIM primer/bonder for plastics
- Benjamin Moore Stain oil-based paint
- Smooth furniture grade-roller and small angled sponge brush (all paint products easily bought at Janovic)
- If it's a rental, like mine, get permission from your landlord.
- Clear out the animals.
- Wipe down surface with xylol solvent to remove any grease or dirt.
- Sand laminate to give it some 'tooth'.
- Vacuum away dust and wipe down with xylol solvent again.
- Tape off area with wide painters tape.
- Spray surface with XIM primer/bonder for plastics.
- After drying, wipe down to remove any primer dust and then apply oil-based paint with a furniture-grade roller. Get tight spots with a small/angled stain brush (sponge type).
- Allow to dry for at least 1 1/2 days.
- When paint is dry, take a fine sandpaper and gently sand away any bumps or dirt that may have been caught in the paint. Wipe away dust. Apply another coat. (You can apply up to 3 coats, I did 2). It is optional if you want to apply a satin poly on top of the oil paint.
- Make sure it's fully dry before removing tape.
- Since paint is never as durable as laminate, I bought a cutting board at Ikea to do all my work on it and prevent any future chips.