How to Paint Laminate Furniture (with Olive Green Paint)

How to paint laminate furniture in the prettiest olive green furniture paint! Plus the best tips for a professional-looking, brush-free finish!

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photo showing the shiny and slick laminate top of the dresser

We picked this cute vintage dresser up at our local thrift store.

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But the top was made of a thick shiny laminate!

I could tell that it was laminate because of the high gloss sheen the top had and because it felt completely different than wood does.

It felt almost like hard plastic.

Because it has a super shiny and slick surface, it had to be painted a little differently than wood furniture.

It’s easy though! Let me show you!

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Before Painting Laminate Furniture

Paint needs something to hold onto, or else it can easily scratch off.

So before you bust out the paint and paint brush, it’s best to spend just a little bit of time to prep your furniture.

Learn more about How to Prepare Furniture For Painting here.

(This goes for chalk paint too!)

But it’s especially important on laminate furniture.

Laminate is super slick, making it hard for any old paint to hold on.

First, clean your furniture with a grease / oil cutting cleaner.

I like to use Krud Kutter.

Check out our How to Clean Furniture Before Painting post to learn more!

bottle of krud kutter concentrated cleaner or degreaser
sanding the surface of laminate furniture to help paint stick

Then scuff sand with 220 grit sandpaper.

Learn more about the best Sandpaper for Furniture Painting here!

Rub it all over the dresser, making sure that it removes all of the shine.

Check out why Sanding Before Painting Furniture is important here.

You can also check out our How to Paint Laminate Furniture post and see the difference between sanding VS not sanding.

Then remove the dust with a vacuum hose attachment and / or a damp lint free rag.

For the best dust removal, I like to use these tack cloths!

They pick up all the dust and don’t leave any lint behind!

Paint two coats of your choice of bonding primer.

jar of country chic paint clear bonding primer

The exact bonding primer you choose will depend on what your situation is and what you want your furniture to look like.

Here is our list of the best bonding primers for laminate furniture.

For this green dresser, I chose the clear bonding primer from Country Chic Paint.

Mostly because I wanted a clear primer that I could distress.

But also because I wanted to work inside, so I wanted to use a primer that didn’t have a strong odor!

I only put the primer on the laminate top since the rest of the dresser was wood.

I painted one coat of primer on, and then I let it dry for a few hours.

Then I painted the second coat on and let it dry overnight.

Olive Green Painted Dresser

Then I set it up in my paint spraying room so I could paint it with my paint sprayer.

laminate dresser before painting

You can paint with your paintbrush, but I like the brush-free finish I get with my paint sprayer.

Learn How to Use a Wagner Double Duty Paint Sprayer here.

I painted 2-3 coats of Paint Couture Paint’s Vintage Moss, making sure to let the paint dry for a couple of hours between coats.

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Paint Couture is an acrylic paint that has excellent adhesion properties and is really really good at leveling.

Which means that even if you use a brush to paint it on, you might just get a brush-free finish!!

Here are our top tips on How to Paint Furniture Without Brush Marks.

Check out the rest of the Best Paint for Laminate Furniture options!

Learn more about the step by step process of how to paint a laminate dresser here.

spraying paint on laminate dresser

And then it dries to a beautiful matte sheen (but it’s not chalky like chalk paint)

Then I lightly distressed the dresser for a farmhouse-style look.

(Make sure to remove the dust with a vacuum and a tack cloth again!)

Check out this post of 6 great ways for distressing furniture.

If I would have used one of the other bonding primers on the market, I wouldn’t have been able to distress the laminate.

Then I sprayed 3 coats of the very best water-based polyurethane for the best durability and protection.

Making sure to let it dry completely between coats.

Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on How to Spray Polyurethane here!

If you don’t have a paint sprayer, here’s How to Apply Polycrylic to Painted Furniture by hand.

(I also like to sand with 400 grit sandpaper before the last coat of poly for the most smooth feeling finish.)

Then I finished it off with new farmhouse-style drawer pulls.

Learn more about How to Change Hardware on a Dresser in this post.

Pair this up with the perfect DIY farmhouse drop cloth curtains to complete the look.

What do you think?!

close up photo of olive green painted dresser
olive green painted dresser

More Before And After Makeovers

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olive green painted laminate dresser makeover
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How to Paint Laminate Furniture

olive green Mid Century Modern Dresser

Paint your laminate furniture with olive green paint and give it a farmhouse-style look. Here's how to paint laminate furniture.


      1. Clean off all dirt, grime and grease with Krud Kutter and an old rag.
      2. Suff sand with 220 grit sandpaper to remove shine.
      3. Remove all the dust with a vacuum hose & brush and a tack cloth.
      4. Brush on two coats of bonding primer. Let dry.
      5. Apply 2-3 coats of paint.
      6. Once dry, lightly distress the paint.
      7. Seal with 3 coats of waterbased polyurethane.
      8. Attach drawer pulls.

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  1. I see you painted the dresser with the drawers on it. What about the inside of the drawers? Do they get painted? Or the inside lip of the drawer? An example would be when you open the drawer do you see an outline of the old paint?

    1. Hey Diana!
      I either tape off the drawers with plastic so I can pull the drawers out a little bit and spray the areas I can’t get to when the drawers are closed (without getting paint inside or outside the drawer boxes). You can see how I tape off the drawers here.
      Or after I spray with the drawers in, I take out the drawers and touch up (the top and sides of the drawer fronts and the dresser if needed) with a paint brush.

  2. What do you use to fill cracks and chunks out of the wood?

  3. Could you have used a dark wax over this laminate piece? This dresser looks awesome and enjoy all your videos ??

    1. Hey Janeen!
      A dark wax at what point exactly? Over the paint? Over the plain laminate? Sorry I don’t think I am understanding exactly what you’re asking. Thank you for the love though!!

  4. ceil tarwater says:


    1. Honestly, I prefer Paint Couture because it levels better. But they are both great paints though! I love that fusion is so durable as is. But I always feel the need to topcoat it because of it’s matte sheen anyway. I always topcoat paint couture as well.

  5. Karyn Gross says:

    Where do you normally buy your new drawer pulls and knobs from?

    1. Dlawless hardware, home depot, lowes, hobby lobby and amazon are my go to places.

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