The white drop leaf lamp table sold before I even had a chance to post the before and after! If I don’t do it now, I’ll forget about it!
Here is what it looked like when I bought it. And yes, that IS laminate on the top! Contrary to what many believe, laminate CAN be painted. It just takes a little more work. A little sanding to remove the sheen, and a GOOD primer. (I use KILZ.)
Don’t forget to check the drawer innards to be sure they are clean! (Do ya like my ‘painting shoes’?)
You don’t want to ‘overly distress’ the non laminate areas of your piece either. Since the top of furniture usually get the most wear, lightly distress your laminate top and you that as your gauge as to how much to distress the rest of it.
A drop leaf takes nearly twice as long as a regular table to paint because of the extra leaves. Typically I can paint an entire table ‘all at once’. Flip it upside down first and paint the lags and undercarriage. Then stand it upright an paint the top and apron. Let dry and repeat.
With a drop leaf, you have to paint the undersides of the leaves when you do the legs; but then you have to let all that dry before you flip it and paint the top because you can’t put the leaves down when they are still wet. AND you have that little ‘notch’ on the top that the leaves lift onto, so you need the leaves down when you paint the top. I hope that made sense. The moral is, you’ll need more time than usual to paint a drop leaf!