How to Update a Laminate End Table with Paint

laminate table after

Guess what I have for you today?!  If you guessed a painted furniture project, you are starting to see the pattern!  Updating ugly old furniture with paint and giving it a new life truly is my passion. 

This little end table came to me when a friend texted me, “You don’t want a blonde wooden night stand with a laminate top, do you?” 

laminate end table before

Welllll, when you put it that way, how can I resist??  I asked for a picture, and she sent one with this comment. “Kind of plain. Drawer pull is missing.”  To which I said, “I can do something with it!”

Furniture Prep

So, here’s what I did.  I just happened to have a new-to-me priming product called Slick Stick that I was itching to try out.  On a slippery or shiny finish, it is supposed to give paint a surface to cling to for good adhesion. 

First, I gave the table a very light hand sanding with a 220-grit sanding pad.  Then I scrubbed it with a Scotchbrite green pad and warm water, and dried it with paper towels.  There were no repairs needed, so it was ready for its makeover.

Slick Stick is a thick white product, and it dried white as well.  I was anticipating that it would dry clear, so that’s something to be aware of, especially when painting a dark color on top.  I used a flat 2 inch synthetic brush to apply an even coat over everything.  I even painted the little brass foot cover thingies.

laminate table slick stick

For paint, I initially chose a pastel blue-green color called Sea Glass.  But after painting one coat, I changed my mind.  Someone suggested black on my Facebook page, and I couldn’t get that out of my head.  So I switched course and painted a couple coats of Caviar black. 

Since it was “kind of plain”, like my friend said, I wanted to do a few things to bling it up.  I had one brushed brass ring pull leftover from the blue-gray end table project.  It gives a perfect feminine touch against the black, don’t you think?

laminate table top view

I was also itching to use this turquoise color I’ve never used before, called Mermaid Tail.  The inside of a drawer is the perfect place for a colorful surprise!

laminate table drawer

The finishing touch was the “Farmhouse” enamel tote that fit perfectly in the bottom cavity.  It came from one of my favorite stores, Hobby Lobby.

laminate table after

As a top coat, I rubbed on a coat of black wax.  It provides a nice sheen and richness, and adds a little protection.

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Look at what a difference a little paint and cute accessories make!

Laminate table before & after

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