Spray Painting Furniture (Revisited)
October 9, 2013
Every DIYer knows paint has the power to transform anything. Spray paint happens to be one of my favorite tools especially on small pieces of decor, but it can work really well on furniture too. A few years ago I wrote about spray painting furniture, and most of my tips are there, and today I wanted to share two pieces I recently finished, the first is a set of chests spray painted gloss black and the second is a console table spray painted white with gold detail.
My supply list for spray painting includes the following: a drop cloth for painting in a well ventilated area, spray primer, spray paint, a safety respirator, ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, a sanding wedge or sheets of sandpaper, a spray paint nozzle gun (shown below) and a protectant (not shown).
The steps are simple, first remove all hardware and/or hinges, clean off any debris by lightly sanding, fill holes and make repairs. I’ve used this handy little sanding tool for years with replaceable sheets of sandpaper.
Tape off any drawers so you can spray the fronts but prevent overspray inside. I’ve been a fan of of ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape for years. I wrap it around the drawers, then tuck the drawers just inside before priming.
Make sure you wear a respirator when spray painting, you don’t want to breathe in any of the fumes that come with this process. Use a spray paint nozzle gun (found in the spray paint department) and spray your furniture with a bonding primer moving the can back and forth to create a thin layer and to avoid drips. When dry, lightly sand with a fine grit sandpaper (if necessary) to remove any drips that might occur.
I apply two to three light coats of spray paint – lighter fine coats are the best. When the layers of spray paint are dry, wipe down any residue with cloth and apply a protective coat to seal.
As quick and easy as it is to spray paint furniture, the one problem I run into is a splotchy sheen on the surface, meaning the color is even but the sheen is not. I discovered two ways to remedy it . For a satin or gloss finish use Polycrylic and apply with a sponge chip brush and work in cooler temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees because the product dries very fast. For a more matte finish or subtle sheen (or for white paints), use wax and apply it with a soft cotton rag, then buff it out.
This plain console I bought at HomeGoods was just fine in gray but with gloss white spray paint, it coordinates better with my guest room.
I found these gorgeous midcentury inspired chests at a local thrift store two months ago and was going to use them for a friend’s bedroom project in progress but it turned out they weren’t quite big enough for her space. My Bay Area blog friend Brittany saw them on Instagram and after a series of email exchanges I agreed to paint them for her instead and I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!
The color on the body is Rustoleum’s Gloss Black and the legs are painted with Liquitex Antique Gold (both spray paints). The new brass ring pulls with a diamond back plate are from Lee Valley and so gorgeous – note they also come in a slightly large size, and they are absolutely perfect for these pieces.
Who wants to see the black chests as nightstands in Brittany’s bedroom? Hop on over to Brittany’s blog to see how pur-tay they look, I’m so glad they live in a special place!
Yep, I’m a true believer in the power of spray paint, it’s pretty amazing what it and a little DIY effort can do :)