Tip 1: PRIME! PRIME! PRIME!
This is a step not be skip or scrimp on. Apply 2 coats to give your paint a great base to adhere to. It'll save you lots of repainting later on. My other dining chairs were IKEA laminate and I primed and painted them and they look great. I use KILZ and it seems to do the trick.
Tip 2: Foam Brushes are Fabulous!
I've always disliked cleaning brushes. No matter how much I rinse them, they never get as clean as I'd like them to be. This time, I primarily used foam brushes and they worked great! I got mine from the hardware store, not sure if these are more durable than the craft ones. They were only 79 cents each! They spread the paint really well, with minimal brush strokes and I feel fine just tossing them when I'm done.
|Then I flipped them like this to paint the top half.|