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Spray Painting Furniture - Dresser Before & After

Spray painting furniture is an easy and fast way to transform a piece to fit in with your home decor. The most difficult part is often finding a space to do the spraying, the rest is simple if you follow our tips!

Many people have the mistaken impression that spray painting furniture won't result in a long lasting finish, that it will chip, scratch or flake off easily. It isn't true! If you take the time to prep and use the right paint for the job your finish will be just as hardy as any coat of paint. Plus, with a sprayed finish it is much, much easier to get a smooth, flawless finish. No brush stroke marks! And did I mention it is faster?

Spray paint is any home decorators friend, especially those of us on a budget. However, there are a couple of downsides. First, spray paint color choices are limited. This is a bummer when you have a very specific shade of color in mind. Second, it is messy and should never be done indoors and you have to take care to not breathe in the fumes.

The three photos below are from the same dresser over the years. I've had this dresser since I was seven. It started our a creamy color with gold trim. The glossy black was a horrible college paint job and then it was painted flat brown for a few years and used in my son's room. Finally, the glossy turquoise facelift did the trick and the dresser is as good as new...again!

before spray paint before furniture after spray painting

The first step in spray painting furniture is always sanding. Many people skip this step and this is why their paint doesn't adhere as well. Scuff up your surface (especially if it is glossy) to give your primer a better chance to stick. Yes, I know primer will say works on "any surface" and even glossy, but trust me on this, you'll have the best results if you do a quick sanding. I use a medium grit sandpaper most of the time.

sanding paint spray-painting primer

Next step is priming. Again, shortcutters will skip this step. Don't. Priming with a quality primer is key to a professional looking job and will make the final color coats stick. For this project (already painted wood) I like Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2X Primer, especially since I was covering a dark color. This kind is a bit thicker and so you'll need less.

spray painting furniture let furniture dry

After the primer is dry, add your color! (We used Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2X in satin). Spray about 10 inches from the surface and sweep back and forth with smooth, even strokes. Be sure to coat all the crevices and undersides. When finished, let dry completely before moving or putting back together.

spray painted furniture spray-painted dresser

For added durability for your finish, use a spray on poly coating or a wipe on poly coating.

Happy painting!

This post is part of Metamorphosis Monday!

After all, it's your might as well love it!



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