Put away your messy brushes and forget streaky, splotchy paint jobs there is an easier way to give old furniture the new look you want.
Spray painting is an easy and effective way to take old drab furniture out of its rut and back into your house. With all of the recent developments in spray paint, such as color matching, you can have any color you choose made into spray paint form. This makes spray painting seem more appealing right?
Once you’ve picked the paint color you want there are only a few easy steps to getting your furniture spring ready.
The first thing you’ll want to do is remove all hardware from your furniture of choice. This is important because no matter how steady your hand may be, you don’t want to take any chances. This may also be a good time to update your hardware or give it a good cleaning.
Stop by your local hardware store and pick up some fine sandpaper. Sand the furniture on all surfaces, especially creases and hard to reach places. This step is important because many pieces of furniture have some sort of protective glaze that will inhibit your new color from soaking in.
Almost as important as the sanding, make sure you wipe the shavings off of the furniture. They sell a cloth for this at hardware stores, however using a dampened paper towel or cloth is just as effective. If you fail to do this step you’ll be spray painting dust onto your furniture, which will make the paint, if it will even stick, splotch and uneven.
Priming your piece of furniture is very important. You want to pull the smoothest color possible and primer will make a world of difference. Prime the furniture and let it sit for an hour.
Before starting to paint put an old sheet, tarp or newspaper below your furniture. This will ensure that the only thing painted is your furniture. It’s also always a good idea, especially when dealing with spray paint, to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on.
Once your set up is done you’re ready to start painting.
Shake the can well and spray about 10 inches away from the furniture to keep from spraying too hard or creating pooling excesses of paint. Run evenly back and forward across each surface. Going with the wood grain, if you’re painting wooden furniture, is best. If you aren’t, or don’t want to go with the grain, try and keep your stokes consistent throughout the process.
Two or even three coats is recommended to get the color on the can, however if you’ve reached your desired color and look then stopping after one or two coats is just fine.
Sealing in your paint is also crucial. This will not only protect your furniture from everyday use, but it will also give it a shinny polished look. Pick up any spray sealant or gloss to create the effect. Spray the furniture much like you painted it in even smooth lines.
Once you’ve put your seal on the furniture now all there is left to do is wait for paint to dry. But one reason why using spray paint is so great is because it doesn’t take nearly as long to dry as traditional paint. Let it sit for about six hours and your newly painted furniture is ready for its debut.