At one point I was pretty disgusted with chalky paint. Then I decided to give it another chance and was somewhat okay with it. This is in reference to the two shelves I painted. Trust me when I say that if these were pieces I was trying to sell, I would be horrified to put my name on them. Since they are for my personal use, I can live with them.
Or so I thought until I started painting the bedside table. See those sanded spots? Before I started sanding, they were bubbles caused from liquids being accidentally spilled on it. I had it covered up with a rag quilt table topper. This bedroom set is made from pressed board. I ABSOLUTELY DETEST THIS STUFF. It's horrible. I'm assuming the wood grain 'look' is laminate, but I don't know that for sure. All I know is once I started sanding it didn't take much to get to the pressed wood part and the bubbles were slowly smoothing out . . . or so I thought. I had to paint 4 layers of the chalky paint on for good coverage, and even that was not that great, but I thought it was passable. Once it was thoroughly dried, you could still see bubbles, even though I sanded it down REALLY good.
I am just so frustrated. I could NEVER refurbish furniture for a living!! I'm going to let the drawers 'cure' for 24 hours whatever that means and then rub down again and see if there is any difference. In the meantime I haven't yet applied any to the cabinet itself. As my paternal grandma used to say when she was having a bad day "Give me strength".