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Living with laminate furniture


If you’re transitioning your furniture style from college chic to all-grown-up, you’ve probably got more than a few laminate furniture pieces in your house. And you’re probably sick of looking at their ugly mugs. Right?

Well, Ask MetaFilter has a pretty good round-up of suggestions for painting over them, including one at the bottom to faux-wood-grain it. Genius!

Worth a read if you’re looking to successfully transform that old desk from WalMart….

Read more about this faux finishing technique:

HGTV – Faux Wood Graining
Bob Vila – Faux Grain Finish

Best of all, it’s actually an “authentic” Victorian style. Unable to afford the rising cost of materials, the Victorians got creative and started faux finishing instead. In this article, they explain in more depth.

I’m not a huge fan of faux finish because people seem to get carried away – much like stenciling, it starts showing up on every surface in the hosue! But it does have it’s applications – and this might be worth trying.

Comments, Thoughts, and Feedback

Derek had this to say on 02.01.06:

I can’t believe my dad made laminate furniture in woodwork class in the 50’s. It’s hard to believe it was ever that fasionable.

Kristin had this to say on 02.01.06:

Ah, the hideous laminate furniture. I’m eagerly awaiting the day when Darwin builds me the built-in china cabinet for the kitchen, so I can ditch my K-mart hutch.

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