Painter’s masking tape
Laminate cleaner/soapy water
Restorer finish/timber polish
Some beautiful paper
Step 1: Put your sideboard on the drop sheet and give it a clean over with a laminate cleaner or lightly soapy water (depending on the level of grime). I bought the laminate cleaner, but needn’t have bothered.
Step 2: Carefully mask all the areas you don’t want painted — in my case the teak timber trims, handles, and protect the base with some newspaper.
Step 3: Give it a really quick sand, by hand is fine: we’re talking about a 10 minute job for the whole thing, just really lightly.
Step 4: Apply one coat of primer with a roller. Make it a thickish coat. You don’t want to have too much of the laminate showing through. You may need a second coat. Allow to dry.
Step 5: Another really quick sand.
Step 6: Apply 3 coats of laminate paint, allowing to dry between coats.
Step 7: Remove the masking tape and carefully apply "Restor A Finish" or similar timber polish.
Step 8: Cover the inside panels of laminate: If there are magnetic door closures then remove these first, remembering to measure where they were! Measure the size of your panels, then measure again. Cut out your paper panels and check that they fit well. Protect the freshly painted sideboard with lots of newspaper. Spray panel and back of paper with spray adhesive, carefully position paper and smooth into place. Allow to dry, and reattach any hardware.
Step 9: Stand back and admire your beautifully re-vamped sideboard that you did all by yourself! Use any excuse to open the doors. Show this off to all your friends and graciously accept the compliments that follow (prompted or not!). Oh and the fishtank is actually clean, there's some weird shadow thing happening because i took the shots at night!
Howard Products These guys make the "Restor A Finish" product, it's a liquid that you apply either with a soft cloth or if there's a lot of scratches with very fine steel wool. It literally erases surface scratches — I use it on everything!
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