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10 Tips for Spray Painting Your Wood Furniture

Spray painting is an easy way of achieving a smooth, even finish on wood furniture. This is especially true of items that have intricate designs. Whereas painting with a brush can result in drips and brush marks, spray paint can bring you a near perfect look. Like all other materials, wood requires some preparatory steps before the application of spray paint.

Tip: DoItYourself’s painting consultant Edward Kimble, the author of Interior House Painting Blog, adds, “If the wood has a waxed polyurethane or shellac or lacquer finish, it will not accept paint until the existing finish is removed. However, there are some chemicals sold that can remove the wax and prepare the furniture to accept paint. Check at the paint store. Lightly sanding may help, but it may not.”

1. Choose Appropriate Furniture

When you spray paint your wood furniture, avoid upholstery. If you are painting outdoor furniture, choose paint with a high degree of moisture resistance and sun protection. Avoid painting antique furniture as altering those pieces too significantly can damage their value.

2. Remove All Hardware

Depending on the type of furniture you are painting, you may have to unscrew and remove some of the components. On cabinets and drawers, remove the knobs and handles beforehand. Remove any drawers as well. Paint all of these objects separately and reassemble the furniture when all the parts are dry.

3. Cover Surrounding Area and Objects

Spray paint consists of minute particles that can settle on surrounding surfaces, so it is important to protect them beforehand. Cover all surrounding objects and the floor with newspapers, drop cloths, or masking tape.

4. Sand the Surface Beforehand