Painting a Laminate Dresser

Hello there! Itโ€™s a lovely weather in Metro Manila today. Google says itโ€™s 28ยบC perfect for a walk in the park, dip in the pool or to run around with your dog. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿถ

Hereโ€™s a photo taken from our balcony at 7:30am today, not too hot yet.


Itโ€™s a perfect time to water my super thirsty plants. Iโ€™m so sorry I sometimes forget to attend to you guys. Please donโ€™t die.


Before I totally forget what I am supposed to write about, let me share with you an old photo of our โ€œproject.โ€ I think itโ€™s a TV console or an entryway dresser, it came with the house and we used it to keep our stuff and sometimes convert it to a buffet table too whenever we have guests. It is very useful and sturdy.


It looked pretty fine, but my partner and I wanted it to match with some newly purchased furnitures, which are mostly in white or black. I had a hard time choosing the color to paint it with and for a badly needed inspiration, I always browse through photos from Pinterest and Houzz. These two apps are the best.

Aside from the color to choose, I had to visualize where to place it. Will it stay behind our sofa or should I place it elsewhere, perhaps with a different purpose?

My eyes are glued to our mini-home office right beside the entry hall which is a bit bare coz itโ€™s very challenging to find a piece to go with our  sleek Mamba Light MDF Italia desk  given to us by my partnerโ€™s parents. Hence, I thought of coming up with something to fill that spot.

Perhaps black will be too dark especially because we badly need a good lighting in our entry hall, so why not gray instead?

Time to roll up my sleeves.

This time around, I took out the cabinet doors, hinges, drawers and knobs. And, I noticed that aside from a much needed cleaning, some part of the laminate is already peeling off especially at the back of the furniture. I had to nail some part of it with the vertical frames, glue the laminates and fill in the damaged part with wood putty. Note: You can buy the glue and filler for wood locally at home depot or local hardwares.

After an hour, making sure that the glue and putty were already dry, I wiped the entire surface with a damp cloth. Some use a  TSP (Trisodium Phosphate)  cleaner  to get rid of all kinds of dirt and oil leaving your wood prepped up for painting. Unfortunately, I canโ€™t seem to find that one here in Manila. I already visited several branches of home depot and hardwares with no luck at all.

So, in this case, water is my best friend. I also use a magic cloth type because it is absorbent and you can scrub it harder versus a cotton/microfiber towel.

Now, here we go guys, a step-by-step guide for DIYers out there:

a. Detach doors, drawers, hinges, knobs

b. Clean, glue, fill in spaces with wood putty for an even surface


c. Priming

Of course, what else will I use to prime this laminated cabinet? Thatโ€™s right, I used the best primer in the metro, Dunn-Edwards Ulta-Grip Premium Multi-Surface Primer.

d. Mask and Protect the area

I used two different gray combination, a lighter and a darker variety, hence masking with a painterโ€™s tape is a must to attain clean lines just like a pro. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

d. Painting

I bought an 890ml can from Ace Hardware of Cool Dust and Charcoal Fog both in flat finish. I wanted the inner part to be lighter so I painted it with Charcoal Fog while the outer part and the edges with Cool Dust. I used two coats for each with 2 hours interval. By the way, I used a metallic black by Modern Masters  for the shelves to add a bit of gloss to a very flat gray combo.

I didnโ€™t seal this afterwards but I want to share that I had trouble re-attaching the hinges of the cabinet doors. Lesson learned: take a picture or sketch the hardwares before taking them out or youโ€™ll turn crazy as I did.

Another thing, the type of paints I used needed at least a day or two of drying time if you are painting indoors. I was so impatient that I ended up attaching the doors and  drawers after 4 hours and just when I thought they were dry enough, I couldnโ€™t pull out the drawers the next day. To make it worse, the paints went off when I forcefully pulled them open. ๐Ÿ˜ญ So please, learn from my mistake.

Alright, after several retouches, hereโ€™s the final product.

gray cabinet before_after

If you are a first-time painter, or you would like to know the tools or products I used and where to purchase them here in Manila, please check my previous blog.

Thatโ€™s all for now and thank you for dropping by! Sharing is caring. Please hit like and spread the love.


-Rez โค๏ธ

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