Bliss at Home has shared an easy way to turn furniture that’s drab into something truly fab with their How to Spray Paint Furniture tutorial!
We love finding easy ways to spruce up our homes, so we couldn’t wait to get our spray on!
Please click here to visit Bliss at Home and see the instructions that we followed!
Reviewer #1 – Alicia
Mission: When I found out that this project was chosen, I jumped for glee until my hubby put the kibosh on painting our lovely night stand. Phooey! I settled for a chair to paint instead and will wait until he goes out of town to tackle the night stand. Ha!
- I am obsessed with red. I used Rust-Oleum American Accents Craft Spray Paint in Gloss Apple Red
- Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Multi-Purpose Primer
- Sand Paper
- Chair found at Goodwill for $4.49
Tips & Tricks Learned:
With the weather being hotter than Hades and this ridiculous humidity that blows my hair into a brillow-pad fuzz ball, it was not very conducive for spray painting. I went with it anyway. I would suggest waiting until the weather is a bit cooler to take on a painting project. Cooler weather= faster drying times.
The original post suggests sanding and applying a clear gloss top coat. I did a half ass job of sanding and did not use a top coat. Totally optional, in my opinion.
Be sure to start painting in a well ventilated area and cover your space to protect from random flying paint.
This was seriously super easy!
I am totally in LOVE with my chair and the red is so bold and bright. I was pleasantly surprised on how easy and cheap this project came together. Such a huge difference in what a little paint can do. Can’t wait to start painting more things – with the hubby’s approval of course. YEAH RIGHT!
Reviewer #2 – Amanda
Mission: Turn something old into something beautiful using spray paint!
- I purchased this adorable little shelf at the Goodwill to hang in my daughter’s room.
- For paint I chose Krylon ‘Dual’ Gloss White Paint and Primer which is a paint and primer in one. One less step! Yeah! This worked for me since I intended to have more of a worn or antiqued look to my piece (it was already very loved in life and clearly wasn’t going to ever look brand new).
- I used the same sanding sponge used in the original post by Bliss at Home. I personally use this time of sanding tool often. It can be washed for reuse and works for so many different projects! I did add a little twist to my project.
- After two very light coats of paint I sanded then applied a light layer of stain (then wiped it off after a couple of minutes) to give it an older look. I used Cabot Limed Oak Interior Oil Stain purchased at my local hardware store. I let it dry for 24 hours then applied Minwax Semi Gloss Polycrylic Protective Finish. This was my first time working with Polycrylic Protective Finish and I have to say I am in love! It won’t yellow over time like a lacquer and it is water based. Win-win! I chose the clear semi-gloss option. Sometimes I feel like high gloss makes it high maintenance.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Don’t spray paint in extreme heat. It is just bad for your health and takes longer to dry.
Also, when working with Polycrylic Protective Finish do not shake the can. It is important to simply gently stir instead. If you shake the can you may create air bubbles. Apply with a brush (sponge or bristle – I chose bristle) in thin layers. It dries quickly so you can reapply several times for added protection.
The spray paint really saves time since it cuts down on dry time as well as application time.
I loved this because it allowed me to get a little intricate with my additional stain application.
None! I just love how this piece turned out!
This style of painting could be used on so many things. I can’t wait to discover the next hidden gem at our local thrift shop!
Reviewer #3 – Kristy
Mission: Give my bedroom furniture a complete makeover!
- I opted for Rust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 White Water-Based Interior/Exterior Primer Sealer. I applied it with a Sponge Brush.
- I first chose a high gloss spray paint in black and began painting. I stressed about this as if y’all can recall, my last project piece was the night stand and I used the Benjamin Moore Super Spec Low Luster Paint in a true black. The piece that I am spraying is the matching dresser. I had purchased the high gloss until I learned from Maren that the same paint came in a satin finish similar to my low luster paint which will match the nightstand. I finally found Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Multi-Purpose Spray Paint in Satin Black at Hirshfield’s.
- According to Maren, if you are going for glam, go with high gloss, but typically a satin finish is best for furniture. Well in my opinion, she is right because I love the softer finish.
- Since I first used high gloss paint and then I went and used the Satin Black over it, I think I went through about 12 cans of spray paint. Still cheaper than new furniture!
- The gal at Hirshfield’s said the paint had a protectant coat so I didn’t need a sealer.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Be sure to prime or sand before you spray! My husband tried to help and began the project without me. The paint ran right off the piece without any primer for it to stick to!
Sand out all the imperfections! Well most, as I still see a few of them!
Paint then leave it alone! My problem is that I want it to be so perfect! In reality, once you put this piece in your room and add your décor to it…it will look fabulous! I love how both of my painted pieces came out!
Beware of the overspray, I have a black spotted garage floor! Be sure to put down newspaper or a drop cloth to catch the spray!
So many color options!
An inexpensive change!
Quick, this paint dries quickly!
Totally transforms a room, great for staging!!
The stress of the end result! I had to keep telling myself, “If I hate it, I will just have to break down and buy new furniture!”
I have tried spray painting and can/brush painting, both had a process that drove me crazy but both gave me the results I wanted in the end! I found the spray painting to be quicker but the can/brush paint to be cheaper! Just give it a go, either method… and get creative because you’ll love it!
Reviewer #4 – Maren
Mission: I love making old, new again! I couldn’t wait to try a new method to painting furniture, especially since this one promised to please the OCD in me!
I found most of the same items that Kristin used in her posting with a few of my own additions. I had a cute hand-me-down bench in our vestibule that was just dying for some color.
- Okay, we all know that I love my Black & Decker Multi Sander. I used it to sand the entire piece down, as it had multiple layers of paint on it and a hearty dose of grime. Wouldn’t you know, after sanding this sucker down, I found out that it already was blue! lol
- I used Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, as Kristin recommended to get all the dust paint off before starting with my primer.
- I once read that you should hammer nails into the feet or legs of furniture to keep paint from bonding with the ground. I have a set of Interlocking Drawer Organizers that I have been using for the past year that work great!
- Krylon All-Purpose Gray Interior and Exterior Primer, I used 3 cans
- Liquitex Professional Spray Paint in Turquoise, I went through 2 1/2 cans and 4 nozzles. More on that later.
- Minwax Satin Polycrylic Protective Finish
- I got the Minwax Polycrylic Paint Brush too, which was amazing! I highly recommend it, even though the sales guy told me that any paint brush would work. The bristles are super fine and soft which makes the application perfect!
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Number 1, always cover your work surface! I have painted the driveway, garage and my car before and it only took my learning this lesson several times before I now automatically take an old sheet and tape it down over the ground before I start anything else. It’s really important that you use Duct Tape or something strong to secure all the edges in case a strong breeze comes along – you don’t want the sheet to blow onto your wet paint.
I learned that when you have a piece like mine, where you have to spray at so many different angles, you’ll have paint that dries in the air and falls like dust. Be sure to use the Microfiber Cleaning Cloths to gently remove any dried paint mist before applying the next coat.
If you can, move the piece around so that you can paint at different angles. This will ensure that you get even coverage and don’t miss a spot!
Be patient. This project took me a few days to complete, but it was worth it! I have screwed up too many projects from being impatient.
Don’t panic when the Minwax Satin Polycrylic Protective Finish goes on and it doesn’t look perfect… because once it’s dry, it will be! I nearly screamed in horror after my anal retentive spray painted finish had ridges showing after I brushed on the polycrylic, however found myself kissing the can after I check in again and it was dry and back to that OCD look that I love.
This piece is GORGEOUS!
I have received many compliments not only on the end color, but in the immaculate finish. It’s flawless. I am so proud of myself!
When I ordered the Liquitex Professional Spray Paint in Turquoise, I noticed extra Liquitex Nozzles popping up everywhere in my search. Now I know why… this paint, although absolutely stunning, is a huge pain in the ass. I went through 4 nozzles with 2 cans of paint. I wanted to scream.
While I did use quite a bit of product, the results exceeded my expectations. I am so happy with my little bench!
I am also now a HUGE fan of the Minwax Satin Polycrylic Protective Finish. I had never used a product like this before and was incredibly impressed with the results.
I cannot wait to get to spray painting another piece!
Reviewer #5 – Sarah
Mission: To bring my weathered front porch wicker chairs back to life!
I purchased two naturally stained wicker chairs for our front porch in 2006 from Pier One. We’ve since lived here for over seven years and they have definitely seen better days. It was time for a facial for these darling chairs and this DIY spray paint fix was just the ticket!
- I used Rust-Oleum 249058 Painter’s Touch Multi-Purpose Primer in Red, ooops! Little did I know, when I bought my spray paint, I had purchased the only spray paint primer available which was red and made for a dark spray paint. Luckily, the rust color of the primer covered just fine with the pale yellow topcoat that I chose next, so I had nothing to worry about.
- I searched for the perfect spray paint color to coordinate with our house and the darling DIY pillows I had just finished (stay tuned for a future post about these!). I chose Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Multi-Purpose Spray Paint in Satin Strawflower. It was the perfect hue to go with the soft tones of our home and was a great compliment to our olive green siding.
- I found a piece of 120-Grit Sandpaper in our garage which I used to softly clean off the flaking wicker. That only took a few minutes to do and I made sure to cover the backs, seats and underneath the chairs and then gently tapped them to make sure everything came off so I had a clean surface to begin painting.
- Because the chairs I was fixing have bronze toned metal legs, which I didn’t want to cover with paint, I placed plastic bags over the legs to protect them from paint. I used all of the shopping bags I had on-hand, along with Masking Tape to get the job done.
After the chairs dried for about 6 hours, I peeled off the tape and plastic bags and then placed them on the front porch to finish drying. These chairs got the pick-me-up they deserved and we have really begun to use our front porch again!
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Make sure to get enough paint… the first trip to the store! I did one full coat of primer and then two full coats of the pale yellow topcoat. I ended up having to go back to Home Depot to get more of the Spray Paint as I ran out with half of my second chair left to finish. It was only then that I found out that the color I chose was being discontinued and was no longer available! Eeek! After calling around to other Home Depot stores, I was able to locate a few more cans of the “Strawflower” spray paint and made sure to stock up. Crisis averted!
Super easy once you get going! The end result is just what I was hoping for.
Overwhelming to begin this DIY as it seems like a big project!
If you’re like me and pick a color that ends up being discontinued, you may become stressed out for a bit.
I’m beyond thrilled with the finished product and love pulling in my driveway each day to see how darling our front porch looks. It sure helps our front porch look inviting!
Reviewer #6 – Sheri
Mission: With my little guy getting bigger he needs more space for his clothes. I really didn’t want to go out and purchase another piece of furniture, so I found an old piece and figured I would try to transform it.
My only thing I’m worried about is that the piece of furniture is laminate and I’m afraid this won’t work.
- This first thing I did with my piece of furniture was rough it up with some 120-Grit Sandpaper. I did every surface very well because I really wanted the paint to adhere to the laminate.
- Then I waited and waited for a descent, non-windy day so that I could prime each of the pieces. The drawers were easy and the primer applied quickly.
- I waited an hour before commencing with the gloss paint. By the time I was able to paint, the wind picked up again. I ended up bring the drawers to the basement to paint them. I ended up with blue feet and a blue floor.
- There was no way I was going to lug the base down another flight of stairs. This is definitely not a one day project. Due to weather, it basically took me two weeks to do this project. I was wishing I could just grab paint and a roller.
- After getting a good final coat of spray paint on the furniture, I made sure you give it a full 24 hours of drying before trying to move it.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Make sure you stop often to shake the can as suggested on the back of the can.
I love the new look of the piece and the fact that I didn’t have to buy another piece of furniture.
The paint seemed to adhere well to the laminate.
I can see every finger print with the high gloss finish.
When bringing the piece indoors with different lighting I noticed variation in color in some spots. I’m not sure if it’s due to coverage or from not shaking the can enough between sprays.
This project was not quite as fun as I anticipated. I’ve learned my lesson; do not paint large pieces of furniture with spray paint, choose a paint you can roll on.
I think this would work great for smaller projects. One great thing…the paint hasn’t scratched off the laminate, it actually seems to have adhered well. Just keep in mind “where” you’re going to the painting before embarking on this project.