How to Paint a Formica Armoire

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    • 1). Remove the doors and drawers from your armoire. Unscrew the hinges and set them aside with the screws.

    • 2). Move your armoire, if possible, outdoors or into a well-ventilated work space. If you must do this in your home, open the windows and cover the floor and surrounding furnishings with drop cloths.

    • 3). Protect yourself with a dust mask and safety glasses.

    • 4). Sand all the Formica surfaces of your armoire, including the doors and drawers, with a medium-grit sand paper. It's best to use an electric sander, as sanding can be a lot of work. You want all of the Formica surfaces to feel rough when you're done.

    • 5). Mix 1 cup of ammonia with 2 cups of warm water and wipe down all of the Formica surfaces to ensure they are dust-free and paint will adhere. Allow it to dry thoroughly.

    • 6). Prime the surfaces with a bonding primer. Use a paint roller to roll the sealer for even coverage. Allow the first coat to dry for 24 hours, then apply a second coat of primer. Allow it to dry for another 24 hours.

    • 7). Paint the armoire with the color of your choice, using oil or latex interior paint. Again, use a roller to get a smooth, even coat on all flat surfaces.

    • 8). Allow the first coat of paint to dry and give it a second coat. After the second coat dries, you can apply decorative painting techniques, such as stenciled designs or decoupage, if desired.

    • 9). Return drawers to their places, reattach the hardware, and enjoy your newly decorated armoire.

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