Want to transform your laminate furniture into a statement piece? With the help of chalk paint, you can give that plain-looking furniture a fresh color that will make your friends jealous. Getting started with chalk paint is simple; all you need are the right supplies and a few helpful tips. In this blog post, we’ll provide an easy step-by-step guide for how to chalk paint laminate furniture like an expert.
From prepping and priming to sealing the finished product, we’ll show you how to achieve beautiful results that look like they were done by a professional. So get ready to break out the brush and let’s get painting!
Using chalk paint is a great solution for transforming basic laminate into an eye-catching piece that lasts!
You’ve obviously heard about chalk paint, but there are a lot of misconceptions about it.
So before we dive into how to chalk paint laminate furniture, let’s chat about some things that I think you should know about chalk paint.
Things You Should Know About Chalk Paint
- Yes, chalk paint has great adhesion. But, when you use it on top of laminate furniture, it will most likely need a little bit of help to get it to adhere well. (In the form of sanding and/or priming beforehand)
- Chalk paint is a very porous paint, so if you don’t topcoat it, the paint will absorb any liquids that are spilled on it. This can cause the paint to start peeling off over time. And you won’t be able to just wipe things off if it gets dirty. It also easily gets marked up, even with the light touch of your hand. The topcoat adds protection to the paint so you don’t have to worry about any of these things.
- Chalk paint is very forgiving. And you can brush, roll or spray it on.
- It dries very quickly (within an hour or so).
- It sands into a fine powder. This is what makes it perfect for a distressed look. It also makes it easier to sand out any brush or roller marks if you don’t like those.
Read through this post to learn more about the truth of using chalk paint for furniture.
So now that you know more about chalk paint, let’s get started! But first, here are the supplies you’ll need.
Supplies Used to Chalk Paint Laminate Furniture
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- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- Vacuum with Hose Attachment
- Bonding Primer
- Paint Brush or Roller
- Chalk Paint
Now let’s dive into the steps for chalk painting laminate furniture and get you on your way to a beautiful new piece of furniture.
How to Chalk Paint Laminate Furniture
If you’re anything like me, you want to start painting. But if you want professional results, you need to do a few things before grabbing for the chalk paint.
Yeah, chalk paint companies boast that you don’t need to sand or prime, which honestly if you want your paint to stick well, isn’t true.
But when you paint laminate furniture, sanding and priming are even more important because of how slick and shiny the laminate is.
If you’re going to spend the time and money to update your furniture, take an extra few hours and do it right the first time.
That way you can enjoy your chalk painted furniture for years to come if you want to!
Preparing Your Laminate Furniture
Before you can start painting, it’s important to properly clean and prepare furniture for paint. This will help your paint last longer. Start by removing all of the hardware on your furniture.
Check out my guide on how to sand wood by hand to learn more.
This will help the paint and primer stick to the slick laminate.
Then, clean off the dust with a vacuum hose and brush attachment and wipe off anything that remains before moving on to the next step.
Using a tack cloth will remove the dust better than anything else!
How to Paint Laminate Without Sanding
If you don’t want to scuff sand, then you can use a primer that is designed to adhere directly to slick surfaces. Check out this post to choose your bonding primer for laminate furniture.
But be aware that if you don’t scuff sand, your paint job may not last as long.
You can always test the primer or paint out on a small section of your furniture before you go all in, just to make sure that it will stick.
After 24 hours, scratch at it with your fingernail. If it doesn’t scratch off, you should be good! Once it cures (after about 30 days) it will be even more durable!
Priming Your Laminate Furniture
Priming is an essential step in the painting process, especially when painting laminate!
It helps make sure that your paint will stick to the laminate. Without a good bonding primer, most paint will easily scratch off of laminate.
Check out this post on how to paint laminate furniture without sanding vs sanding to see how important a good primer is.
Let the primer dry according to the instructions on the primer’s container.
Applying Chalk Paint to Your Laminate Furniture
Once your surface is prepped, it’s time for the fun part – painting! Paint on at least two coats of chalk paint, applied evenly over the entire piece of furniture.
I’ve put together this list of the top chalk paint brands to help you choose what chalk paint to use.
Allow an hour or two for the chalk paint to dry completely, especially if you live in a cold or humid climate. You can use a paint brush or roller for the chalk paint too.
Lighter colors and yellows and reds will most likely need more coats to get full coverage. White paint usually needs 4-5 coats.
Sealing Your Chalk Painted Laminate Furniture
Once your paint has dried completely, it’s important to seal the chalk paint to help protect your beautiful new paint from wear and tear over time.
You can choose any sheen for your topcoat, matte, satin, or gloss. Learn about topcoats for painting furniture, and pick the best one for your project.
Then apply the topcoat to your dry chalk paint.
My favorite way to topcoat chalk paint is by spraying polyurethane on. Allow 24 hours of drying time before you lightly use your new piece of furniture!
Other Paints that are Great for Painting Laminate Furniture
If using chalk paint on laminate furniture sounds like a lot of work, between sanding, priming AND top coating… I have some easier options for you.
Check out this post on the best paint for laminate furniture for a list of the best types of paint to use on laminate furniture.
Chalk painting laminate furniture is a great way to transform basic pieces into something special.
With the right supplies and steps, you can achieve beautiful results that look like they were done by an expert!
So don’t wait any longer – gather up your supplies and start transforming those boring old laminate pieces today!
- Clean and prepare furniture for paint by removing hardware, cleaning with a degreasing cleaner, lightly sanding until laminate has lost its shine, vacuuming the dust off the surface, and wiping off anything that remains.
- Prime the surface using a bonding primer to ensure that your paint will stick to the laminate.
- Paint on at least two coats of chalk paint evenly over the entire piece of furniture; lighter colors may need more coats for full coverage.
- Seal chalk paint with wax or polyurethane topcoat in the desired sheen (matte/satin/gloss).
- Allow 24 hours before using your newly painted furniture.
More Painting Laminate Furniture Resources
- Laminate Desk Makeover
- How to Paint a Laminate Dresser
- How to Paint Laminate Furniture (with Olive Green Paint)
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