How to make the recycling craft with a brand that has proven itself, but to which we would like to give a facelift when it invaded our kitchen.

Formica, it’s not just the name of this red ant common in the northern hemisphere, it is also the name of this industry leader originally from Cincinnati who became known worldwide in the middle of last century for its decorative laminates we inevitably evoke the kitchens of the 60s and 70s. But then, Formica the group has such a reputation that the French language has even added an article to try to get him into the common names is more palatable to everyone and there are many who would love restore a youthful look to their old kitchen without breaking everything!

Formica, it revamps itself!

Everything is good to cover it with a melamine plate smooth, white or imitation wood! No matter, all is not to see it! The “simple” paint job on the sodding of zinc, aluminum or wood panels, however there are some basic rules to be respected for your mission makeover does not turn into a construction site a few months.


Heading into the paint!

As on any smooth surface, more so if it is not horizontal, apply paint directly can quickly become a nightmare: brush marks, inconsistent application, paint drips . It will therefore make the surface a little less smooth, a little more “catchy”, before beginning to paint. For this, several solutions, it is not allowed to accumulate:

# Sand the surface to be painted to remove the glossy effect of Formica. Sandpaper between 150 and 180 will do: not too rough, not too thin either. Not forgetting to clean then (with a damp cloth) and dry the surface.
# Apply an undercoat to facilitate the hanging of the painting: a special laminate underlayment, a primer, acrylic paint or an underlayment for tile or glass (more than smooth surfaces, too).

Then apply the paint becomes a breeze. A little tip though: as often it will be a piece of furniture water (bathroom, kitchen), think about taking a washable paint . Unless you apply after two coats of paint (and probably necessary regulatory), a layer of acrylic matt or satin varnish, which will prevent water spots and will wash his closet doors more easily!

Finally, I cover with aluminum!

The paint effect you do not like and you prefer to give a small side “industrial” in the air more time to your furniture by covering it with aluminum plate or zinc? Never mind, the adventure is just more complicated than painting! Large retail home improvement and decoration have understood that the craze for Formica furniture, except for collectors, and that was definitely past time was the worship style of industrial and gray tones, and they therefore propose to sale of aluminum plates of different sizes and different styles (plain or patterned). They are attached with rivets and adapted to a good saw blade teeth tightened trapezius (unless you take steps to make the cuts in store).

Go for wood!

If the end is rather a rustic country air and you want your furniture, wooden boards (preferably treated against moisture) will work too. Cutting is easier than for aluminum or zinc and fixation held with wood screws A breeze!

DIY for less

Provided you have cleaned the laundry St. Mark the surfaces to remove residues of grease and dust, you can opt for an adhesive coating that will be the most beautiful effect. Easily caught and the range of choices is vast plain imitation aluminum, with patterns . Impossible not to find the Shoe Fits!