So, you painted your laminate kitchen cupboards, your ceiling and your stairs. Are you ready for more? Want to freshen up the style & colour scheme of your bedroom? Why not do so in an economical way by repainting your laminate wardrobe. A new coat of paint can change its look dramatically and can turn your bedroom into a place right out of a magazine!
Painting your old wardrobe is a simple task – all you need are the right step-by-step instructions! This is what we are here for – from preparing your wardrobe to applying the last coat of paint, we are to guide you. Excited to learn how to paint a wardrobe? Let’s get started!
Preparing for your project
You can’t take a paintbrush and start painting your wardrobe without preparing. Here are a few things you need to do before you start the fun DIY project of painting your wardrobe.
Things You Will Need
- Dusk mask
- Safety goggles
- Damp cloth
- Select a Color Scheme
When you are changing the colour of your wardrobe, you have to select a palette that will match the tone and colour scheme of your bedroom. You can go with a monochromatic scheme – colours from the same family – that will naturally complement each other.
Choose a colour for your melamine wardrobes that will match your bedroom furniture such as the bedside table, your dressers, etc. Varying shades of the same colour can be used to create amazing accents when you paint your wardrobe doors.
Moreover, you can go with cool colour tones such as blue base colours as well, which are relaxing in nature. Another choice you have is going with natural hues such as cream, grey, brown, etc.
When you are selecting paint, it is better to buy oil-based furniture paint since it is more durable than latex paint and will not peel over time. It is a good idea to pick paint with a semi-gloss or satin finish as they are easy to clean and the scratches, fingerprints, etc. will not show as well.
Prepare the Workspace
Before painting your wardrobe, you need to place a plastic sheet or tarp underneath. If possible, remove the drawers as well as the doors of the wardrobe and prop them against the wall. If there are any removable shelves, take them out as well.
Clean the Wardrobe
You need to clean your wardrobe’s surface first. In the case of painted furniture, you should mix some all-purpose, vegetable-oil based cleanser with warm water. Take a cleaning cloth, dip it in the mixture and clean your wardrobe thoroughly.
For a varnished wardrobe, you should use trisodium phosphate instead. Make sure that you are wearing gloves. Allow your wardrobe to dry completely before you move on to the next step.
How to paint your wardrobe step-by-step
Things You Will Need
- Paint rollers
- Paint tray
- Plastic tarp
- Masking tape.
1. Sand the Wardrobe
Move your wardrobe away from the wall. If you can, move it to a place with good ventilation. If the wardrobe isn’t moveable, that’s alright! Simply open the windows in your room for good airflow.
Wear safety goggles and a dust mask before you start sanding. With the help of a screwdriver, unscrew the knobs, pulls, handles, etc. The next step is to unscrew the door hinges and take them out. Keep all the small pieces in a plastic bag so that you don’t end up losing them.
If you don’t want to take off the doors, you can certainly do so but you might miss some tight spots this way. Take coarse sandpaper and rub it back and forth across the wardrobe. Once you start to see bare wood, you should stop.
If you want to save some time or if there is stubborn paint on the wardrobe, you can use a belt or detail sander or a chemical stripper. However, chemical strippers are often hard on wood, so keep it as the last option.
Sand the drawers and the doors as well. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the sawdust. Let the wardrobe dry completely before you begin to prime it.
2. Prime the Wardrobe
If there are some areas of the wardrobe that you don’t want to paint, such as the inside of the drawers, decorative edging, etc. you should apply blue painter’s tape or masking tape on it.
Dip a 5.1 cm brush into the multi-purpose primer and prime the tight corners, mouldings, etc. that are hard to reach with a roller. On flat surfaces, apply a coat of primer with the help of a foam roller.
Pour some primer into a paint tray and coat the foam roller with primer. Spread the primer over the frame, the sides, and the front of the wardrobe, using broad, even strokes. Lay the wardrobe doors flat on a tarp and prime them, one side at a time.
Let one side dry completely for almost 4 to 6 hours before flipping the door and priming the other side.
3. Apply the First Coat of Paint
Pour some paint into a paint tray. Take a roller and dip it in the paint. Apply a thin, even coat on the wide, flat sides of the wardrobe. Paint the inside of the wardrobe as well. To paint the edges or other detailed parts of the wardrobe, use a small brush.
Paint the doors using a roller, one door at a time. If there are really curvy, ornate details on the doors, use a small brush so that the bristles can fit into the tight spaces. Let the first coat of paint dry for 24 hours before you apply the next coat. Don’t hurry – it will not give you the results you are looking for.
4. Apply Second Coat of Paint
After applying the first coat of paint, you will probably be able to see the brush strokes. Don’t worry, the second or third coat of paint will take care of this and will be able to give you the even finish you were looking for.
After waiting for 24 hours or more, apply the second coat evenly making sure you go over each part of the wardrobe for uniform coverage. You can also paint the handles or the knobs if you want to give them a new look as well.
5. Apply the Varnish
To protect your wardrobe, you need to apply one or two coats of polish. Since we use our wardrobes a lot, applying a top coat of polish makes a lot of sense – you don’t want all your hard work to be wasted just because you skipped that step.
Take a clean brush and dip it into polyacrylic and brush it on the wardrobe in even, long strokes. Apply another coat after one hour. You can spray paint varnish as well, but we recommend using a brush to apply a smooth coat on your favourite piece of furniture!
Common mistakes that you should avoid
It is very common to make a few mistakes since you are painting the wardrobe for the first time. Here are a few of the most common of them that people make.
Not Cleaning the Wardrobe
Some people make the mistake of not cleaning the wardrobe first. There might be dust, dirt, greasy fingerprints etc. on it that need to be cleaned before you begin the painting job.
Even if sanding seems like a chore, and you would like to get started with painting, you can’t skip this important step. If you want a smooth finish, one that lasts for a long time, you need to sand your wardrobe properly.
Not Letting the Paint Dry Completely
Another common mistake to make is not giving the first coat of paint enough time to dry. Waiting for over 24 hours seems like a long time but trust us, the end result will be worth every second of the wait.
After a long, hectic day at work, all one dreams of is lying in your cosy, comfortable bedroom. If your wardrobe is outdated and doesn’t fit in with the rest of the home décor, it is time to paint it. We hope that our step-by-step tutorial will help you upcycle your wardrobe and turn it into a dream wardrobe!
Happy painting, Folks!