This post may also be called, “Learn From My Mistakes: Laminate Furniture Edition.”
Alternatively: “Can’t Say No to Free Furniture: The Windy Taylor Story.”
My office was cleaning out a storage unit and my boss asked if I wanted this lovely example of mid-1990s office printer cabinetry:
I saw past the super-slick laminate surface, past the shiny brass handles, past its unassuming demeanor. That thing has some serious storage space, and I was just sure that with a little paint, some casters for mobility, and some new knobs, it would be a perfect storage piece for our sunroom.
Lesson #1: Do your own homework. Do not listen to the minimum-wage-making minion at the paint counter. She assured us that using the paint-and-primer in one would be “totally fine.” She told us we didn’t need to sand (although I did, lightly, on the top).
You can probably guess where this is going.
We taped. We painted. We gave it two coats of Martha Stewart’s Bay Leaf. It looked lovely. Then Jason put a screwdriver on top of the cabinet. When he picked it up, the paint came with it.
You remember that peel-off nailpolish that was really popular in the late 1980s? It was like that. It was also like the scene in action/adventure movies where the unassuming bystander pulls of his latex face to reveal that he is Tom Cruise. In short, it was a disaster. We pulled the paint off in big rubbery sheets and tried again.
It worked! We conquered the laminate beast! I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
Part of me wants… more. A stencil on the doors? Maybe something painted on the sides? Glaze? I don’t know. I’ll probably wait until it’s back in the sunroom to see what strikes my fancy.
Until then, we’re going to put our printer on it. For old time’s sake.