Vintage furniture with formica tops may have a dated and dreary appearance, but they are great candidates for refinishing with paint, glaze and distressing.
Well designed and with solid bones, furniture pieces made with formica were made to last. Decades later, they can may given a whole new look that builds off a design that can keep on giving.
The place to start is with a primer that provides strong adhesion to the top formica surfaces. Zinnser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 spray Primer from Lowe’s is my product of choice.
Take this vanity refinished and repurposed as a desk in Lime Green. I used 60 grit sandpaper to rough up the glossy formica surface to insure strong adhesion.
Primer was applied to the entire piece prior to applying latex enamel, which needs a primer coat underneath.
I then painted the piece in Lime Green, and used Black Glaze to provide an antiqued look. Distressing popped out the original wood tones, and some of the white primer pops through as well, adding even more contract among the new colors.