Can I paint melamine or laminate furniture with Chalk Paint®?

There are many success stories from people who have painted melamine or laminate furniture with Chalk Paint®, including pieces from IKEA.  A little bit of preparation and some patience are needed.  New pieces may be coated with a light oily film for packing and shipping purposes and this should be wiped away with a cloth moistened with mineral spirits.  Lightly sand the melamine or laminate with fine grit sandpaper and dust off.  Next, apply a thin first coat of paint, and let dry about 48 hours to encourage the paint to bond to the surface.  After that, you can continue painting for your desired look.