So we had a big weekend! We celebrated my sister's birthday as well as found out Baby D is a GIRL! I will blog more about the baby reveal and our sweet maternity shoot this week when the pictures come!! But for now we are in major "get the nursery done mode."
We made a little progress. The changing table is done!...well maybe...the knobs, I placed a little close together. Josh says it looks okay. I am a perfectionist so if it drives me crazy I will separate them...but it is ok for now =)
This was my first time painting over laminate wood. Parts of this changing table were real wood but most was pressed board type material or laminate. Painting this can be tricky, but I found some great tutorials online and I think it worked out pretty well!
I got this changing table on Craigslist for $30! I love to score sweet deals...and I love even more to re-do furniture! It wasn't bad looking before but I wanted it to be white...so first we re-enforced the bottom shelves with some wood. I wanted to make sure they were sturdy and I was able to store heavy stuff on the bottom, if I needed to.
Then first we sanded this guy down just a little bit and cleaned it up. You really don't need to sand it much, just to take off the sheen.Then we put a layer of Zinsser cover stain primer. This stuff was potent poison! So I steered clear while Josh primed. It took him so long!! He is such a great helper and while I sat back and watched and hung out he primed for over an hour. The primer is key here, that's what makes the paint stick so well to laminated surfaces and I researched that this was the best. We sanded in between prime coats as well. This helped forgive drips and stroke marks.
After we primed we started to paint. I used a semi-gloss, low VOC white paint. After two coats of this we were finished! We slapped some handles on the drawer and we were done folks.
Now, you could seal it and I heard that Varathane Floor Finish sealer was the best, especially if you are painting white. This will prevent the paint from chipping and protect it without it turning yellowish. We decided not to use a sealer because it is just a changing table and it won't get bumped around too much.
Now, we are no professionals but I think this turned out pretty well and will go with the nursery much better than the light wood color. On to the next project for baby girl!
Hello friends! I am Lisa. A lover of Christ and family, a former television reporter, and a wife and mom who strives to live a healthy, toxic free lifestyle.