Paint a Laminated Bookcase
LESLIE: Heather from New York finds The Money Pit on WABC. And you’re thinking about renovating an existing piece of furniture for your kids. Tell us about it.
HEATHER: Yes. I have a laminated bookcase and I’m just wondering if it can be painted. I’ve never done anything like that before and I was just wondering if there are any options that might be durable with – that would, you know, hold up to kids.
TOM: Well basically you’re talking about painting plastic here. And there’s one paint that came out several years ago. It’s made by Krylon. It’s called Fusion and it’s specifically designed to stick to plastic. You may want to give that a try but I will say that regardless of the paint that you use, it’s not going to be as durable as the laminate that you started with. So if this is something that’s going to take a lot of wear and tear you may not be happy. But then again, it’s pretty easy to spray paint it so you could always repeat the process.
LESLIE: Well and also, Heather, you might want to think about a different installation or a process for the inside of the bookcase. Because even though you want that paint to stick, with all the movement of toys and books from the shelving, you’re going to see things chipping off because it’s the plastic and you’re having an adhesion problem. So maybe think about putting some, you know, cork tiles or fabric or something different just to add texture. Wallpaper, shelf liners; just to do something different on the interior. But go ahead and paint that outside.
HEATHER: OK. That’s a good idea.
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