How to Paint Formica Dressers

Known for being durable and easy to clean, Formica is a form of laminate sheathing used to cover a wide range of household furnishings. However, despite its versatility, Formica can become faded or appear outdated and mismatched with your current home décor. Formica dressers can be refreshed with a coat of paint, as long as the Formica surfaces are properly prepared.

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Transform old Formica dresers with any color.

Step 1

Remove the handles from the drawers, if your dresser has any. Use a screwdriver to back out the screws that secure the handles. The screws are located on the backside of the drawer front.

Step 2

Remove the drawers for separate painting.

Step 3

Lightly sand all Formica surfaces with 180-220 grit sandpaper. Sand until the Formica looks dulled. Scuffing the surfaces will create an abraded surface that will ensure proper adhesion of the paint.

Step 4

Wipe down the Formica with a damp rag or sponge to remove the sanding dust.

Step 5

Use a foam brush to paint the Formica with an even coat of bonding primer. Allow the bonding primer to dry as instructed by the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 6

Use a foam brush to apply the first coat of paint. Use latex paint. Allow the first coat to dry for at least eight hours.

Step 7

Apply a second coat of paint to ensure adequate, consistent coverage. Allow the second coat to dry for at least eight hours.

Step 8

Apply a coat of clear, polyurethane coating. This will provide a protective coating over the paint. Allow the polyurethane coating to dry as instructed by the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 9

Reattach the handles and replace the drawers.