Particle board furniture is a cheap option when you need to decorate your home on a tight budget, but the furniture does not always withstand the test of time. If you’re noticing your particle board bookcase, end table, or coffee table starting to peel, chip, or fade, refurbish the item instead of tossing it.
Tools and Supplies
Roller and tray
Once all the damage has been filled with wood filler or replaced with new particle board, it’s time for sanding. Since particle board furniture has a glossy finish, it’s difficult for paint to stick to the surface. Sand the entire item with high grit sandpaper or a sanding block to remove any old finish, lacquer, or gloss.
Picking the right primer is going to save you time by preventing you from needing unnecessary coats of paint.
After sanding the item, apply your primer to the surface. It’s tempting to skip right over to the paint, especially if you’re using chalk paint. However, resist the urge and take the time to add a coat of primer. This step will make it more likely that the new paint will last.
For best results when painting particle board, you want the paint layers to be thin and precise. Before going on to paint the new color, make sure to lightly sand the primer layer. This will ensure that the top coat goes on smoothly and sticks well. After sanding, remove any dust with a lint-free rag.
If possible, use a roller for painting particle board furniture. While painting, make sure to watch the edges for any paint drips and use a brush to wipe them away before the paint is able to dry.
Depending on the paint, one coat may cover the furniture completely. If you need a second coat, be sure to let the first coat completely dry before applying the next one.