Spray painting is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to give wood furniture a new look and a new life in your interior decorating scheme. Follow these 10 tips for spray painting wood furniture.
1. Gather the equipment that you will need for your furniture painting project, including detergent, a bucket, rubber gloves, eye protection (goggles), a good quality mask, sandpaper of various grades from rough to fine, spray primer, spray paint, clear polyurethane sealer, a screw driver (if you need to remove hardware), and newspaper or a large drop cloth.
2. Always spray paint furniture in a well ventilated area. Outdoors (if there is no wind) is ideal. Other possibilities include a garage with the door open, a porch, a deck, or a basement that opens to the outside and/or has windows. Do not spray paint furniture anywhere where there is the risk of a spark or flame.
3. Start by removing any hardware such as drawer pulls and hinges from the furniture.
4. Wash the furniture to be spray painted with warm water and detergent, then rinse it well and let it dry completely.
5. Sand the furniture. To achieve the smoothest finish, you may need to sand the surface more than once, starting with a rough grade of sandpaper and progressing gradually to a fine grade. When you are finished sanding, remove any excess sawdust with a brush, a soft, dry or slightly damp cloth or a vacuum. If you use a damp cloth, be sure that the surface of the furniture is dry before continuing.
6. Before painting, spray on primer and let it dry completely (which may take several hours). If desired, apply a second coat of primer and let dry.
7. To begin spray painting, stand one to two feet from the furniture. For the most even results, use a smooth, steady sweeping motion with the paint can. Your hand should be at least 8 to 12 inches from the furniture. If you are too close to the furniture as you spray, the paint is likely to pool and drip. Always spray in the direction of the wood’s grain.
8. Apply one coat of paint, then let it the paint dry completely before spray painting a second coat.
9. Finish by apply a coat of clear polyurethane sealer to the furniture. When it is dry replace the hardware.
10. Always take safety measures when spray painting furniture, including wearing wear goggles, a mask that covers your nose and mouth, and gloves.