8 Tips for Spray Painting Furniture

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Do you own a piece of furniture that is in need of a makeover or a fresh coat of paint? Spray painting can be a fast and efficient way to get the job done with only minimal experience required. If you can hold a can of spray paint, all you need to do is pick the color and complete a bit of prep work. You can add designs and other details the more comfortable you get with spray painting furniture.

1. Prep for Spray Painting

You don’t want to spray paint in a closed room with white carpet or you’ll be asking for a disaster. Prep your work area by putting down plastic coverings, or work outside if you can. Spray painting can release a lot of fumes and chemicals into the air, so make sure the space you use is properly ventilated, or wear a mask if possible.

2. Pick the Right Piece of Furniture

Spray painting a large piece of furniture can lead to an uneven coat that just doesn’t look right. Stick to smaller pieces that require less paint, like a nightstand or small chair. Pieces that have a lot of nooks and crannies can be perfect for spray painting, since using a brush can leave uneven brush strokes.

3. Clean it Up

Make sure the furniture you’re painting is cleaned up and looking good. Remove any dust, dirt, or debris you can find. If there is old paint or varnish on the piece, it’s a good idea to sand it either by hand or with an electric sander. This will also help the paint apply more evenly.

4. Always Prime

You don’t have to prime the piece with a paint brush or roller; primer comes in spray paint as well! Priming first will leave you with a more even coat when you’re finished, and will show the true color you pick. Primer comes in a variety of colors, so make sure you pick the one that works best with the final paint color you choose.

5. Take it Apart

You’ll find it much easier to spray paint furniture if you can disassemble it as much as possible. If you’re painting a piece with multiple shelves, remove each one before you begin. Disassembling the furniture can also help if you’re using multiple colors, and again helps to keep the coat as even as possible.
6. Follow the Directions on the Can

Don’t just start spraying the paint in circles or in an uneven motion. Hold the spray can about six inches from the surface you’re painting, and use short bursts whenever possible. It’s much easier to go with the width of the furniture instead of the length to help adhere to this rule.

Start by spraying the paint off of the furniture, so make sure the floor is protected. This will help prevent dripping or areas where the paint is thicker than the rest. Again, it’s all about keeping things as even as possible.

7. Don’t Stop After One Coat

You’ll probably have to apply more than one coat of paint to cover the primer and keep things looking good. Let the first coat dry completely before applying a second coat of paint. If there is any dirt or debris leftover from the first coat, clean it down again before applying the second coat. If you’re still not happy with the look, do the same and apply a third coat of paint.

8. Buy More Than Enough to Get the Job Done

Spray paint can run out fast, especially if you’re applying more than one or two coats. It can also be more expensive than buying a gallon of paint that you’d apply with a brush or roller. If you’re on a very limited budget, keep this in mind when deciding on whether or not to spray paint.

You may find that the paint color selection is more limited when it comes to spray paint, as well. Buy a few cans of paint so you don’t need to head back to the store right in the middle of the job.

Spray painting can be a great way to freshen up a piece of furniture in need of a new coat of paint. Limit spray painting to smaller pieces of furniture that can be taken apart. Spray in short bursts and always clean, sand, and prime before you begin painting. With the proper prep work, you’ll be left with excellent results.

Brian Flax is a freelance writer based out of the Washington, D.C. area. He is experienced writing in a variety of topics including technology and business professionals such as Charles E. Phillips.

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