Melamine coated furniture is one of the most popular options today. The cost of the boards, chipboard or MDF, is relatively low, they are easy to work with and the melamine finish, with due care, is durable.

However, over the years, it is normal for our kitchen doors or furniture not to look the same. A little scratch here, a touch there … And then also the fashions, why not say. We all saw melamine kitchen cabinets that years ago looked great and today it almost hurts to look at them.

If we add it all up, it is normal for us to look for some change. If they are well preserved, a good solution may be to paint our melamine furniture. Of course it will be much cheaper than replacing them.

We don’t always use tutorials like this to paint melamine furniture completely. In fact, the most common is to paint doors or drawer fronts for kitchen or bathroom furniture, adjust some Ikea furniture, etc.

Melamine paint materials

The most common questions are: can you paint on melamine? Is it easy to paint melamine furniture? Yes, it can and it is also simple. This material is the usual one to paint directly on wood, so we will not need anything exceptional.

  • Cloth or cloth to clean.
  • Plastics and adhesive tape.
  • Trowel and wood putty.
  • Sandpaper. A 100-grain sponge and a 200-grain sponge.
  • Primer. Preferably water, as it has a much smaller smell and is less polluting.
  • Enamel. Also preferably water. I generally advise using matte finishes for DIY jobs. If we use paints with a glossy or satin finish, the small mistakes made will be much more visible. Remember that even if you are a painting expert, we will not always have access to industrial tools and products at home.
  • Brush, roller and preferably pistol. It is also possible to use spray products, both paints and primers.

Steps to paint melamine furniture

melamine painting tutorial

1. Removing hardware and cleaning the case

Remove handles, hinges and other hardware whenever possible. If we’re going to paint fronts and kitchen doors, we’re in luck. They are very easy to dismantle and we can take them to a place where we can work at ease, without fear of getting dirty or painting other elements.

Is important remove all traces of dirt or grease may have. In the case of kitchen furniture, special attention is advisable, as it is more exposed to fats and vapors.

In most cases, a damp, well-wrung cloth will be sufficient. If grease is plentiful, you can use a neutral cleaner. The one who does the dishes can help you.

First of all, make sure everything is dry.

It may be necessary to cover the areas you do not want to paint with plastic and / or tape or bodybuilder.

2. Fill holes and scratches.

This step may or may not be necessary. It will depend on the condition of the melamine furniture. If there are no big bumps or scratches, we can jump.

If there are blows, we will cover them with the dough using a spatula. Before sanding the putty in the next step, it is advisable to check the drying times provided by the manufacturer in the container.

3. Initial sanding

With a 100 grain sponge we will lightly sand the entire surface of the melamine furniture to be painted. It is not necessary to eliminate the melamine that the furniture has. Instead, it consists of lightly grating the surface so that what we apply can be fixed or glued. Furthermore, it is assumed that we are already facing a reasonably smooth surface.

Today there are melamine plates where there is a certain register or synchronization between the design, for example wood, and the touch. That is, the surface is not entirely smooth. For this case, we can use a bit thicker sandpaper. Although it is not necessary to go crazy, since the primer will also help us level the surface.

When you finish sanding, always clean and remove any remaining dust before moving on to the next step.

4. Primer application

The primer is a product applied initially on the support to favor the adhesion of the paint or enamel. In the case of solid wood it also has the function of sealing.

Can be applied by brush, roller or even spray. I personally do not like to apply primer with a roller, especially if there are reliefs, frames, etc. In the case of melamine furniture, where practically everything is smooth, the use of a roller will make work faster.

5. Sanding

We will use the 100 grit sponge again to do a light sanding.

6. Applying paint layers to melamine

Preferably spray or spray, with a brush or roller it is common to leave marks. If we use a roller or brush, we will always keep the same direction. It is not necessary to respect the direction of the wood grain design if you have this type of design. This is a printed paper coated with melamine, not real wood.

Two layers will suffice. Between these you will be sanded with fine-grain sandpaper, with sandpaper 200 it will be more than enough.