Today we’re going to revisit how to spray paint furniture like a pro! The pros to spray paint is that there is hardly any clean up, it will stick to nearly anything, and the dry time is much faster than latex paint.
The cons are that there are limited colors and it can be a little more pricey if you have a large project. Sometimes the convenience is worth the little extra cost. Either way, we’re going to teach you how to get a professional look!
So, let’s get started!
First things first! Sand and then wipe with a damp towel. If there is a lot of dirt and grime on the piece we usually clean it with TSP. You can find TSP at your local home improvement store, or Walmart may carry it. It’s a great product to have on hand if you have a few projects to do.
We use KILZ spray primer and sealer. The only issue we have found with this primer is that it can leave a little gritty texture once it dries so use a shop rag and rub it off. If that does not remove all the grit then use 220 grade sandpaper, and lightly buff it off. Then wipe it down again to remove any dust or debris from the sandpaper. TIP: Sometimes if you shake the can for several minutes before use, it eliminates the gritty texture.
While your primer dries, you can work on your hardware. We like to use Oil Rubbed Bronze. It’s an all around great finish but you can choose to use any color or metallic finish. Clean your hardware really well then dry it. Prime your hardware then spray paint the hardware with light even coats. Let dry thoroughly.
We almost always use Krylon spray paint. Do not waste your money on the $1 cans of spray paint because it will cost you a lot more in the long run. They do not have very good coverage unfortunately. Krylon and Rustoleum are the best! The key to spray painting is using light coats. Use a back and forth motion releasing the nozzle every once in a while. Don’t stay in one spot too long, or you will have drips and those have to be sanded out. Let paint dry in between coats to avoid drip or splatter marks. Spray paint can drip easily so keep an eye out for those!
Polycrylic also comes in a spray paint form! We like to give each piece at least two coats of a sealer. We usually use polycrylic or polyurethane to finish our pieces.
Enjoy your newly painted project! The possibilities are endless when it comes to spray paint!
Here are a few of our furniture makeovers that were done with SPRAY PAINT!