How to paint laminate furniture without sanding

How To Paint Laminate Furniture Without Sanding

I picked up this cute little end table at a garage sale down our street one Saturday morning for about $10.  I don’t usually buy laminate furniture. I’ll accept it if someone is giving it to me for FREE, but I really liked the shape of this end table and knew that it could be transformed.  I decided to use chalk paint on it because I knew I could paint it without sanding it first.

I also wanted to make it a little funky so I decided to decoupage the two little “drawers” (it’s actually one drawer) with a serviette.   I saw it on one of the blogs (can’t remember which one) and wanted to try it.

aqua chalk paint end table













Using my own home-made chalk paint recipe with latex interior paint that I had on hand, I painted the entire outside of the bedside table.  The paint matched the color of the napkin exactly.  Couldn’t have matched it better if I tried.












First coat of chalk paint on.  I use foam brushes to apply the paint as they don’t leave brush marks.  Since I was decoupaging the drawers with a napkin, I painted the rectangular part that I was covering with the tissue using Zinsser’s Bull’s eye paint (which happens to be white.)  It’s a great paint for covering up in a hurry – especially for laminate furniture.  I ended up doing a couple of coats on the rectangular section.   The tissue is very thin (read further on for the how to’s) and I didn’t want the aqua showing through.  White was the best color choice to use for the napkin since the napkin background was white. Decoupage napkin drawers, chalk paint bedside table









To decoupage the napkin onto the front, I peeled off the second and third layer of the napkin and used the top layer.  I really wanted the blue “leaves” to be emphasized so I placed them in the middle.  I measured the width and height of the drawer part.  I found the napkin stretched being wet with ModPodge so I had to try it a few times before I got the look I wanted.

I applied it with watered down ModPodge, flat finish and used a foam brush. Denise from Salvaged Inspirations has written a GREAT post about how to decoupage using napkins.  She says to use 80% ModPodge and 20% water. Unfortunately I came across this post AFTER (lol) I did my end table.  My ratio was higher Modpodge and less water which made it a little tricky for me to smooth the napkin out totally.  Since its so fragile its easy to tear.  I ended up just pushing the napkin down to get rid of the air pockets.  I actually like the krinkled look that it gives.  Do you remember krinkled cotton years ago?  It’s kind of like that.  Next time I do another napkin decoupage project I will definitely use Denise’s recommendation and add more water to the Modpodge mix.  It will make it easier to smooth out.











I put the screws back into the knobs, stuck them into the ground (so much for hubby’s lawn that he takes care of) and sprayed using Rustoleum Hammered silver.









 Decoupage & chalk paint bedside table.










Here’s an after picture of the knob close up.  Since the pattern of the napkin was busy, I liked the simple style.  I didn’t want a busy knob competing with the pattern of the drawer since my napkin was my focal point of the piece.  I used hammered silver to add texture for interest.  Up close, there is more texture in the knob than what you can see from the picture.












Here’s a side view of the bedside table.  I was showing it a flea market one VERY hot day at Sauble Beach.  I should have been on the beach (lol).













How cute is that lamp?  I picked it up strolling through Walmart one day (lol).  Who would have thought Walmart!

So what laminate furniture project are you going to tackle?



Debi Collinson is a Designer.  She renovates “fixer uppers” to flip or to rent.  She staged houses for 10 years. She has seen houses at their best and their worst. Debi passes on her knowledge to help people Add Value to their Home while making their home a stunning retreat at the same time.

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