We have tons a lot of posts about chalk paint, which is a great way to paint furniture without sanding, but recently I tried another method and was very pleased with the results.
I had this end table that was a laminate surface, so I was nervous about repainting it, however it turned out to be pretty quick and simple.
Clean the surface.
Cover with bulls eye primer. Use a cheap brush because you will want to throw it away after priming. I used 2 coats of primer.
Time to paint
I was able to do the whole end table using a sample jar of Valspar paint. I just barely had enough.
A roller works much better than a brush (although you will need a brush for some of the edges). You can get small rollers ones designed for painting furniture. It literally takes only about 5 minutes to paint each coat. I needed about 3 coats.
After the paint is completely dry, I used polyurethane on it. You could also use Shellac. This gave it a shiny finish and will help protect the surface. After putting this on, open some windows and leave the room for several hours. It’s pretty strong stuff.