A while back I got an awesome mid century dresser with a laminate top for a screaming deal at goodwill. I feel like there’s this negative connotation when it comes to pieces of furniture that have laminate tops. For a lot of people, it’s a reason to not buy or attempt to refinish and paint a piece. Well I’m here to tell you otherwise. I actually think it can be a good thing in some cases (Here’s the dresser I’m referring to, it only has laminate on the very top)
The reasons I embrace a piece that has a laminate top is because:
1. It can be painted over
2. It usually means the top is in good condition
Let me explain a little more. First, laminate can be painted over. It’s not difficult (at all), you just need to do it right. I’ll go into the how to paint laminate in a minute. Second, laminate is more durable than wood when it comes to scratches and dings. Most likely a piece with a laminate top will be in better condition. The tops of furniture get a lot of wear. Things are set on them, slid across them, and even dropped on them. That leads to little dings, scratches, gouges and often chipped veneer. On certain pieces that is fine, but other times if you want a clean and modern satin or glossy finish, those flaws will be highlighted when light bounces off of them.
More often then not I see laminate used on mid century pieces. When I paint mid century pieces I go for a modern, clean look without distressing. Because of that I’m not looking to highlight or embrace the flaws that can add character to antique furniture, so I happily welcome a piece with laminate while still making sure it’s well made and high quality.
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