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!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #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!

Details:

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.

We Tried It!  Spray Painted Furniture!

Pros:

This was seriously super easy!

Cons:

None!

We Tried It!  Spray Painted Furniture!

Conclusion:

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!

 

 

Details:

  • 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.

We Tried It!  Spray Painted Furniture!

Pros:

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.

Cons:

None!  I just love how this piece turned out!

We Tried It!  Spray Painted Furniture!

Conclusion:

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!

 

Details:

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!

We Tried It!  Spray Painted Furniture!

Pros:

So many color options!

An inexpensive change!

Quick, this paint dries quickly!
Totally transforms a room, great for staging!!

Cons:

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!”

We Tried It!  Spray Painted Furniture!

Conclusion:

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!

 

Details:

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.

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.

We Tried It!  Spray Painted Furniture!

Pros:

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!

Cons:

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.

We Tried It!  Spray Painted Furniture!

Conclusion:

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!

Details:

  • 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!

We Tried It!  Spray Painted Furniture!

Pros:

Super easy once you get going! The end result is just what I was hoping for.

Cons:

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.

We Tried It!  Spray Painted Furniture!

Conclusion:

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.

Details:

  • 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:

Don’t choose a large piece of furniture. Stick to smaller pieces unless you have your own paint booth and have a full DuPont Paint Suit with Ventilation Mask.

Make sure you stop often to shake the can as suggested on the back of the can.

We Tried It!  Spray Painted Furniture!

Pros:

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.

Cons:

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.

We Tried It!  Spray Painted Furniture!

Conclusion:

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.

 

We Tried It!  Spray Painted Furniture!


The gorgeous
Spray Painted Furniture and it’s photo by Bliss at Home

 

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A little birdie told us that we can refinish furniture without sanding, just the right primer!  That little birdie is Just A Girl and she shows us just how easy it can be in her post on How to Paint Furniture.

 

Longing to spice up our homes, we were excited to dive in!

 

Please click here to visit Just A Girl and see the instructions that we followed! 

Also, be sure to click on our photos for a more detailed look!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Kristy

Mission: To give my old bedroom set a bit of pizazz!

 

Details:

Headed to the local hardware store to get the paint, I opted for:

I was really nervous the paint, I wanted a shine but not super glossy…the guy was very helpful and said the one I bought would be perfect! You just never know until you use it but I over think everything and stress out too much about color!

  • Also picked up Liquid TSP Degreaser, along with the gloves…this sounded scary, I didn’t want to mess up this mixture. Don’t forget to use the gloves and just follow the directions. I used an old rag to apply before applying primer.
  • I primed using my handy dandy sponge brushes that worked perfect for the small curves in the night stand.
  • For the large spaces I used the Mini Foam Rollers that stated it was best for smooth surfaces.

Next was the painting, now this was tough for me.  I drove Mike crazy because I could not get the top surface smooth enough for my liking.  The other sides came out good but the top just drove me crazy.  So instead of using the Liquid TSP Degreaser again and mess up the already painted sides, Mike had the idea to just sand the top.  He saved my sanity with this suggestion! We lightly sanded then three coats later it came out better.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Let the coats dry, it doesn’t have to be for days…even just an hour because doubling up too soon will mess up the smooth finish.

Be careful while spreading the paint, the best tip would be to have a light touch with the roller…it gave the best finish.

Don’t forget to watch for drippings, you don’t want to have to redo this for drips.

Kristy - Furniture 1

Pros:

Honestly, I stressed out about the finish but I LOVE, LOVE the finished product!!

It’s pretty inexpensive as well – just time consuming.

Cons:

I could not get the finish absolutely perfect, it drove me NUTS!!!!

Mike thought it looked fine but I am certain that’s b/c he didn’t want to have to help paint it again.

 Kristy - Furniture 2

Conclusion:

Going into this project, I was nervous I was going to mess up my furniture but instead I learned it is such a great way to revamp old furniture and give it some pizazz! This is a perfect project for my job as well, for staging homes, this allows me to redo on furniture I have on hand to give life to a vacant home or to transform a feel of a room. I am already looking for my next project!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sheri

Mission: If furniture can be painted and look great without even sanding it, I want to know how to do it. The hard part was picking which piece of furniture to paint. I decided to give my mom’s little kitchen table an upgrade. The thing is ancient.

 

Details:

There is a process, and you need to follow the process.

  • I was introduced to a fabulous product that I am now completely in love with. KRUD KUTTER. I was going to use the TSP Degreaser as recommended, but this was more earth friendly and I figured any super power degreaser would do. This stuff was amazing. It took the years of grime right off the legs of the table with very little elbow grease.
  • I headed back to mom’s another day to prime using Kilz Latex Primer & Sealer. It’s important to use a primer that blocks stains.

Mom wanted the table done in a flat black. I was a little nervous that I would have to do a ton of coats seeing the primer was white.

  • I used Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover. I must say it’s the best paint ever! It covered great. Just two coats and it looked great.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Those little sponge tip brushes work fantastic for the little nooks. Especially if you’re working on something with detailing.

Sheri - Furniture 1

Pros:

I didn’t have to sand anything.

Cons:

None really. We’ll see how well the furniture holds up to dings!

 Sheri - Furniture 2

Conclusion:

I’m overall pleased with this project. The table came out great and I didn’t have to sand anything!

I’m just hoping that it stands up to everyday wear and tear and doesn’t chip. That’s the real test.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Amanda

Mission: To turn a tired, poorly painted dresser into a new dress up closet for my kiddos. Yet another Pinterest-inspired project!

 

Details:

While I didn’t use the same paint I did stick with the suggested:

My paint choice may have actually caused the lack of coverage and streaks I experienced. My paint choice was suggested to me by a lovely and terribly incorrect hardware store sales associate who shall remain nameless.

Because I started with a four-drawer dresser and turned it into a one drawer dresser with an opening for hooks or a hanging rack my project required some additional materials.

  • I used some left over particle board from another project that my hubby kindly cut down to size for me to frame out the inside of the dresser where the drawers no longer are.
  • I tacked them in with finishing nails.
  • I also needed to use some Elmer’s Wood Filler to make the new wood look like part of the old wood. It is easy to use and you can sand and paint it so ideal for a project like this.
  • I also added some chic and bold patterned paper to the inside of the dresser before installing hooks and a hanging rack!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Choose a GOOD and reliable paint not one you have never worked with. Have a fresh Foam Roller. Mine was a little mangled due to the texture of the particle board I used on the inside of the dresser.

Amanda - Furniture 1

Pros:

Not a ton of prep with this method. The Zinsser primer definitely helped with the texture of the wood and evening things out.

Cons:

Not so much a con but I really would have loved to have seen a before of the piece that Just a Girl used in her original post.

I feel like I may have had expectations that were not realistic.

Amanda - Furniture 2

Conclusion:

Stick with what you know! Use a good paint if you are starting with a darker piece that you plan to paint lighter.

I will definitely try this method again and may even venture into our local paint store to pick up the Benjamin Moore that was used in the original post. It sure looks great on her piece!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sarah

Mission: To give my kiddos’ dresser a new life so it looks new again.

 

 

Details:

Before my oldest child was born, my sister gifted me one of her old dressers to use in his room. It was a worn in piece of furniture, but I always loved it for its character and had dressed it up with some cute knobs from Anthropologie. It had lived up to its duty as a holder of clothes, though it was time for an overhaul on this lovely piece.

  • When I started this project, I broke the rule of following directions right off the bat. I decided to go forward with using our hand sander vs. buying the degreaser that was noted. I wanted to save some money on this project (as I overspent on it later) and honestly didn’t want to make another stop at yet another store with my three children…the taking them in and out of their car seats gets tiring!
  • I picked out a gray Benjamin Moore paint color at my local paint store and they tinted the Zinsser Cover-Stain Primer for me, as well as the Benjamin Moore Low Lustre metal and wood paint. I accidentally asked for the oil based paint though, which I highly regretted later!

While painting the dresser, I ended up doing three coats of paint total. The first was the tinted primer, the second and third were the topcoat. After the first topcoat layer dried, I could see areas where the primer was showing through, so that third coat was a must!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Use a paint roller and a small one at that! It was so easy to use, for both my son and I, and it really did a great finishing job. Also have some small sponge brushes handy for detailed areas.

If you are refinishing a piece of furniture that requires knobs, have some fun with finding the perfect ones! I went the route of Anthropologie – one of my favorite retailers – and found some great knobs that are darling and work well in my kiddos’s room.

Sarah - Furniture 1

Pros:

A fantastic finish – it honestly made this dresser look like new again and like it is worth some bucks!

Refinishing my kiddos’ dresser also motivated me to work with my very talented mother to design new quilts for my kid’s beds. We went with a gray, orange and teal color palette. I’ll share a photo of the finished update when we are all wrapped up!

Cons:

DO NOT use an oil based paint…unless you want to clean brushes over and over in paint thinner. I was cursing myself for doing that the entire project!

Sarah - Furniture 2

Conclusion:

I absolutely LOVE the end result and am inspired to do this on my dresser as it also needs a facelift!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Maren

Mission: Learn how to revive an old piece without the pain in the tuchus of having to sand it down first!

 

Details:

Since we are currently “displaced,” I didn’t have the space to refinish a large piece of furniture… and just about everything we own is in storage, I decided to try Just a Girl’s technique on a vintage shelf that I grabbed at an antique store.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Those little sponge brushes were not working for me.  I used my favorite nylon craft brushes instead.

On a super old piece like the one I had, be prepared to apply extra coats of primer.  The wood just sucked it up, leaving little brown pits that I knew would show through the top coat.  I ended up applying over 2 coats of primer in some places.  Yuck.

Speaking of primer, if you push too hard with the roller, you will remove it.  Oy!

P.S.  Before getting fancy and painting the sides of a drawer, make sure that the drawer has some wiggle room.  I did not follow this advice and ended up having to sand my pretty purple paint off the sides of the drawer when it couldn’t fit back into the shelf, aka “total waste of time.”

I got little bubbles!  I think that this may be from my foam roller not being 100% dry from washing it. Or maybe because the wood was so old?  I was freaking out.  Everyone else seems to think that it looks perfectly fine, but the OCD weirdo in me just can’t get over the fact that it doesn’t have that “factory finish.”  I’m not entirely positive that this is even possible, but I won’t stop until I find out!

Maren - Furniture 1

Pros:

It really looks great and was relatively inexpensive to do!

I am really glad that I tested the technique out on a smaller scale first; I now feel confident diving into one of our bigger pieces!

Cons:

Frustrating.  Why can’t I do things perfectly on the first try?

Maren - Furniture 2

Conclusion:

This was a great, simple tutorial that was a great first lesson on painting furniture.  I am anxious to try it again with the things that I learned the first time around.

I also imagine that a piece with a nicer starting finish would be helpful (or even a very light amount of sanding), so that makes me feel excited about the to-be painted furniture that I have around our home!

 

 

Furniture Conclusion

 

The lovely Painted Furniture and it’s photo by Just A Girl

 

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