How to Paint and Stain Veneer on a Particle Board

Particle board furniture and cabinets are cheaper than traditional wood, but when it comes to updating them or even adding a new coat of paint, that inexpensive option becomes a hassle.
Cheaper cabinets often are made from particle board and veneer finishes.Cheaper cabinets often are made from particle board and veneer finishes.
Though it may seem more difficult, particle board is not impossible to paint. Since most particle board surfaces are covered with a laminate veneer, taking additional steps to make sure the laminate is clean for the paint to stick is important.

Step 1

Take apart the particle board piece if it is a large structure. If just working with one piece of particle board, then move on to the next step.

Step 2

Use 220-grit sandpaper on a sander or by hand to sand down the entire surface of the particle board. Make sure to get every corner and edge of the particle board to create a coarse surface. There should no longer be a shine from the laminate on top of the particle board.

Step 3

Wash the particle board with a tack cloth that is slightly damp. Remove all of the dust and wood particles that appeared during sanding and make sure the entire surface is clean and dry before moving on.

Step 4

Apply a thin coat of primer to the particle board piece using a paint roller or brush, depending on the type of surface. Allow the primed pieces to sit and cure according to the instructions by the primer's manufacturer. Most require at least 7 days to cure before adding the top coat.

Step 5

Apply the top coat of paint in one or two coats, depending on the color. Allow the particle board to dry before reassembling or using the piece again.

Things You Will Need

  • Particle board piece
  • 220-grit sandpaper with sander
  • Tack cloth
  • Water
  • Towels
  • Primer
  • Paint roller or brush
  • Latex paint
  • Finishing stain

About the Author

Shailynn Krow began writing professionally in 2002. She has contributed articles on food, weddings, travel, human resources/management and parenting to numerous online and offline publications. Krow holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an Associate of Science in pastry arts from the International Culinary Institute of America.