A Simple Laminate Desk Gets a Farmhouse Makeover!

Do you have a piece of laminate furniture that you’d like to paint? Cait from Little City Farmhouse has some great tips on how to achieve a durable finish! She beautified this desk with Vanilla Frosting, Hula Hoop, Liquorice, and Tough Coat.

I get questions from my clients frequently asking if laminate furniture is paintable. Yes it is! Laminate furniture is incredibly budget friendly if you are looking for a piece that has a low price tag. With a few easy steps you can customize it to your decor – let me show you how.

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This desk started as a dark brown laminate hollow core piece. A friend of mine wanted it painted and customized to use as a table for her shop in trade shows and markets – these are the perfect pieces because they are lightweight and easy to move around.


  1. Clean! I use a TSP solution to give it a good scrub, followed by a clean water wipe down to remove residue.
  2. Sand! We need to give the piece a little tooth for the paint to adhere to, so I gave it a good scuff with 150 grit sandpaper.
  3. Clean again! Give the piece a good vacuum or wipe down with a damp rag.

My go-to for anything needing high durability is the All-in-One formula. Hands down, this is my absolute favourite paint. This formula adheres like no other and is very durable – a must have on your paint shelf! I gave the entire desk two coats of Vanilla Frosting.

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When the paint was fully dry, I taped off the stripes with blue painter’s tape and painted them with a coat of Hula Hoop – a lovely warm grey from Country Chic Paint’s limited edition line earlier this year.

When the stripes were dry, I gave the whole desk a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. I used Liquorice to paint on the shop logo.

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The All-in-One formula does have a topcoat built in, which is very durable, but for a piece like this that is going to be very highly used, I added two coats of Tough Coat for added protection.

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From boring and brown, to fully customized with a brand new look! If you have laminate furniture in your house that needs a face-lift on a budget, paint it!

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Cait {Little City Farmhouse}

Hello! I’m Cait! I am a wife and a mom of two little ones, and a proud auntie of a growing little flock! I first started by refinishing several pieces in my own home, and fell in love with it. Slowly it turned into a business and something I could do from home. I love the thrill of finding old furniture, and I adore the process of refinishing it into something new and fresh. Refinishing furniture is the heart of my business. I believe your home should reflect who you are, and I love helping people get the look they want in their homes by refinishing their furniture for them.

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3 thoughts on “A Simple Laminate Desk Gets a Farmhouse Makeover!

  1. By ‘laminate’ furniture — would an example of that be Ikea-type furniture? We have a desk from Ikea that I was wondering if I could paint… it’s most definitely not wood… I would compare it to Arborite. Would you consider that ‘laminate’? If so… I am all over giving this a try thanks to your guidance in this post! 🙂 <3

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