Weekend Project: Spray Painting Furniture


One of the best weekend projects out there is spray painting furniture! Spray paint is a quick and effective way to give life to an old piece of furniture. And it’s easier than you might think! Here’s our five step guide to spray painting furniture.

Step 1: Purchase the proper materials. 

Primer. For most furniture pieces involving wood or a glossy surface, as well as furniture that will be outside, a coat of primer should be used. Doing so will help the spray paint stick to the furniture, keep it from cracking or bubbling, and provide a softer finish.

Paint. Unless you’re painting outdoor pieces, purchasing the correct spray paint is pretty easy. Pick a color and a texture that you like. Most people who spray paint furniture regularly recommend using a spray paint gun, such as this one at Home Depot. Using a gun will help you achieve a smooth and even finish and help prevent drips.

Step 2: Sand and clean your surface. 

This preliminary step is essential to having a good finish. Sand your surface to the point that it’s smooth, and then be sure to clean off any extra debris. Make sure that your surface is completely clean before moving forward because otherwise your spray painted surface will be bumpy and uneven.

Step 3: Primer (if necessary). 

You can use either a spray-able or a brush-able primer, depending on the project. Hold the can about eight inches away and spray the surface in a sweeping motion. Don’t get too close to the surface, as this will cause drips. Do your best to apply the paint evenly so that the color coat will stick well.

Step 4: Spray paint away!

*Preliminary note*: Be careful what temperature you are using spray paint in. Follow the instructions on the back of the can regarding temperature so that your paint won’t crack or bubble in the cold.

Once your primer is completely dry, wipe down your piece again. Then, use the same process of a sweeping motion to evenly cover the surface in paint. It’s often best to start in the back or in a hidden area first. Most projects will require at least two coats of paint. Be sure to follow the instructions on the can regarding drying times. It’s usually a good rule to let the these main coats dry overnight before applying a finish coat.

Step 5: Apply a finish coat. 

To help seal and protect your paint job, apply a finish coat as your last step. You don’t always have to seal a project, but if you want it to last longer and look better, it is a good idea to consider.  Purchase a can of poly-acrylic finish to give your project a soft and smooth finish.

Once you’re done with your finish coat, your project is complete! For additional spray painting tips, check out this helpful FAQ article.

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