The Ugly Laminate Table

Did you see the Laminate table?

It was UGLY - but it was a very pretty shape. I don't even really have a good 'Before' picture, but you can see exactly how I transformed it!

 A laminate table top turned into furniture art.  | fionadebell.com

A laminate table top turned into furniture art.  | fionadebell.com

I have been spending about 40 minutes each week doing a step by step makeover 'How to' on 'How to Paint Like a Pro'.

 Table refinished with a funky art style top.  | fionadebell.com

Table refinished with a funky art style top.  | fionadebell.com

The table was a nasty orange laminate.

 Before and after transformation of t laminate table.  | fionadebell.com

Before and after transformation of t laminate table.  | fionadebell.com


For this project I used:

HOW TO:

The steps were very simple. 

Step 1 Give the table a good clean. 

Step 2 Give everything a light sand. Please be careful when sanding laminate - I highly suggest wearing a mask for the job!

Step 3 Use the Ultra Grip to give the laminate areas of the table a good coating. I was a little naughty and skipped this step for the table top - I really should have.

You MUST allow your Ultra Grip a full 12 hours to cure. I applied with a soft sponge, but you can use a brush or roller. Just remember that as great as Ultra grip is at creating a key for your paint, it can also create texture.

Step 4 Paint the top. for my first coat I used Laurentian - that is the greenish colour you see. I allowed to dry, but because I had not used UG the paint was not really adhering as well as it should have. See what happens when you don't prep properly? Oops!

Step 5 Because I wanted texture I did a coat of Champlain but instead of painting it with a brush, I used a business card to create a checked pattern. The paint is thick enough to hold the texture.

Step 6 Once the Champlain was dry I used 3 colours, Laurentian, Champlain and Ash to create a beautiful textured multi coloured finish. I really like the look. 

Check out this video to see exactly HOW I did it.

 

Step 7 Allow to fully dry then start the FUN bit!

I removed the legs to paint them. Using Ash from Fusion for both the legs and the skirt. Once dry I replaced the legs and flipped my table back over.

Step 7 I really wanted a gloss finish. So using a sponge applicator I applied 2 coats of Gloss Varathane.  It dries really quickly and is water wash up so I was super happy!

 A close up of the texture I created on the table using 3 paint colours.  |  fionadebell.com

A close up of the texture I created on the table using 3 paint colours.  |  fionadebell.com

I utterly love this table...I just have to find room for it.

Who would have thought that ugly orange laminate could look so pretty?

Let me know if you have a go!

Fiona XOXO