UPDATE: Just thought I'd give a little progress report. It's been close to a year and a half since I painted these, and I'm happy to say they have held up beautifully. Not a single ding, scratch or chip in the paint, not even on the lower shelves and doors where my kids' books and toys are kept (I most definitely credit THAT to the four coats of topcoat I did on the kid wear areas!).
Let's start at the beginning, shall we? My mom loves books. She taught me to love books. We both own LOTS of books...and seem to think we need more! When I got married, I inherited two of eight big laminate bookshelves from my parents. They were in the process of building a big beautiful dream house in which laminate anything did not belong! Over the years of my marriage, I've gotten a few more of those bookshelves here and there as we've had room. And now that we've bought our own house, I've got all eight.
Enter Zinsser Cover Stain Primer. This primer is like magic. It's designed to stick to any surface without sanding. ANY SURFACE! Glossy laminate surfaces included. And to top it off (haha! if you'll pardon the pun), you can use any kind of paint on top of it.
I primed, painted, glazed and top coated seven of the eight bookshelves all at once (one was in use, so it will get painted with the next wave of furniture), not to mention ripping off the old backing and replacing it with bead board.
For seven bookshelves, I used:
1.5 gallons of Zinsser Cover Stain Primer @ $16.97 a gallon
1.5 gallons of Glidden Dapper Tan in Eggshell finish @ $22.97 a gallon
1 quart Valspar translucent Mocha glaze @ $16.49 a quart
1.2 gallons of Valspar Clear Protector @ $20.97 a gallon
5 4 ft by 8 ft bead board panels @ $19.98 each
Smooth nap rollers for primer and paint
Paintbrush and rags for glaze
Semi smooth for clear protector
Foam brushes for the corners
Grand total: About $202 for what I used ($238.21 for what I actually purchased, but there is enough of everything left for the last bookshelf and some gallery wall shelves, as well as enough glaze and topcoat for four more furniture pieces I'm planning to paint). I'd just like to say that it would cost $479.92 to buy eight of the cheapest IKEA bookshelves of comparable height and width (but not depth...these bad boys are MUCH deeper than IKEA bookshelves). I'm just sayin'.
So here's what I did to paint my laminate:
First step: Take off any decorative pieces that can come off (within reason...you're just trying to make the job easier, not harder). Wipe everything down, let it dry thoroughly.
(as in sticky, not as in tasteless) substance, and it can be difficult to get a consistent look when you're covering a large surface. I tried out a few things in the process, and found the best method for this project was to brush it on, then wipe/rub with a slightly damp rag to get the worn, antiqued look I was going for.
(which I would have loved to do, except by the time I finished glazing seven bookshelves, it was time to start with the top coat...)
Sixth step: Reassemble decorative pieces, and hammer the new bead board backs on.
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