Can I Paint Veneer?

Today I am just checking in with a few snaps of something I finished this week and the answer to my question – can I paint veneer?

I bought this piece quite cheaply and in the back of my mind I was challenging myself to paint it as if it were wood. I had read that you could paint over veneer with chalk paint but I’d never tried it myself so I wasn’t sure if it was going to rub off or scrape easily.

As usual I didn’t get any before shots – the light inside was awful because there was a storm outside so I skipped the photos and went straight to painting. I gave it 2 coats of my own mix that is halfway between sage green and duckegg blue!

I dry brushed the inside with a slightly off white. 2 coats of clear wax to seal and protect and one of dark wax to add a bit of character.

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The weather was still awful so the photographs aren’t that good!

Use dark wax to bring out details

I like the inside but I don’t know if it will appeal to the mass market?

Dry brushing with white
On a positive note though… I didn’t notice any difference between the veneer and the real wood! I would definitely buy plastic wood (as my daughter calls it) again with the intention of painting it!

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2 thoughts on “Can I Paint Veneer?

  1. How does it hold up to a sharp scratch? I’ve heard the chalk paint works on everything but I’ve never used it. It does look beautiful!!

    1. Thanks Dana, I’ve tried scratching it with my nail after the wax and it’s fine. I think it will be ok for normal wear and tear but I don’t know how it would work if it were something like a coffee table top that’s going to have things on it constantly etc. I’ll have to find one to test it!
      Nikki x

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