Painting Laminate Veneer: French Country Table

by Patricia
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The clerk at the second hand store practically begged me to buy this table (she didn't have to twist my arm too hard!). It had a dated look and I think buyers were turned off by the laminated top. But I knew it could be given a second chance with paint.
The table was a little worn and dated. It is constructed of solid oak with a laminated top, probably from the 1970s. There are a variety of methods and paint products that can be used to paint laminate, but for my project I selected Chalk Paint.
I chose a color scheme of Arles yellow and Aubusson blue to give my project a French Country theme.
Before painting the top I used a sanding block to lightly scuff up the finish. This helps give the paint some texture to stick to.
I applied a very thin coat of Arles for my first coat. I wasn't worried about brush strokes as I wanted to create a bit of texture. I applied 3 - 4 more coats of paint to the table top and the leaves. Next I sanded against the "grain" of my brushstrokes to smooth out the paint while still leaving a bit of texture.
I sealed the paint with soft clear wax. Then I used a foam brush to apply a glaze. This part always looks like a bit of a hot mess! It's important to first seal the paint before applying glaze otherwise the paint will absorb the glaze and it won't be pretty! After applying the glaze I immediately wiped off the excess with a shop towel.
Next I painted the base in Aubusson blue. I used 220-grit sandpaper to give it a distressed and time worn finish.
I sealed the blue paint with clear wax and then applied dark wax. Alternatively I could have used glaze on this part of the project, too. But I like the look of dark wax over Aubusson blue, so decided to use the dark wax instead.
Now the table is transformed to a bright and cheerful French Country theme!
The table top is smooth yet the there is still a subtle texture which the glaze settled into.
I hope you enjoyed today's project! If you would like to read more about it (including the chairs) then head on over to my blog for more photos and information. You can subscribe to receive updates on new projects, or feel free to follow me on Facebook:

I didn't keep track of how much paint I used or how much time the project took, so it's difficult to give an estimate of the cost. However, this project can easily be completed in a couple of sessions over a day or two.

Suggested materials:
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint products (paint, wax)
  • Glaze
  • Misc materials: sanding block, sandpaper, shop towels, brushes
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  • Debra Hess Debra Hess on Jun 12, 2017

    WOW!!! I love the color!! awesome job!!

  • Susan Brandt Susan Brandt on Jul 13, 2019

    There is too much other stuff loading on your website. People don't have the patience to wait it out.

    • Patricia Patricia on Jul 13, 2019

      Thank you for letting me know Susan about the problem Susan. I will check the site speed on my blog and see if I can figure out what is causing the problem.