Sunday, October 20, 2013

Spray Painting Furniture

I recently bought two new pieces of furniture. I was in a rush to get them done so I tried a new method...spray paint!!! I was hesitant to try this method, but I'm pleased with the results.

Supplies for cleaning the furniture:
TSP cleaner
eye protection
old towel
plastic tray

Steps for cleaning the furniture:

  1. Lay the tarp under the piece of furniture.
  2. Remove any knobs/handles.
  3. Follow the directions on the back of the TSP bottle. My directions said to pour the TSP in a plastic tray. Use the sponge to rub the TSP on the furniture. Let the TSP sit for about 5 minutes, and then clean off the TSP using an old towel. The purpose of the TSP is to clean the furniture and help prepare it for painting. Also, be sure to wear gloves and eye protection for safety when using TSP. 

Supplies for refinishing the furniture:
Spray Kilz Primer (about $6 at Walmart or Lowes)
Spray Paint (Rust-oleum or Krylon work well)
Polyurethane (must be clear)
Sponge brush

Steps for Refinishing the Furniture:

  1. Find a good location to work on your project. I tried to do mine outside, but the wind blew something onto my furniture (ruined the entire project). I would recommend a well ventilated garage.
  2. Lay the tarp under the piece of furniture.
  3. Spray paint the piece with Kilz Primer and let it dry for several hours. I normally like to wait a full day in between coats just to be safe. 
  4. Next you are ready to spray paint. I spray painted the chest "Rust-oleum Ultra Color 2x Black" and the other piece "Krylon Ocean Breeze." 
  5. You may need to do two or three coats of spray paint, but let each coat dry before adding another coat.
  6. As a finishing touch, polyurethane the piece using a sponge brush. Be careful not to leave any streaks or bubbles. Polyurethane is great way to protect your furniture. I'm going to use the black chest as a coffee table, so I definitely want to protect it from water marks and scratches.
  7. You will probably need two coats of polyurethane.
  8. Once the piece is completely dry, put the knobs/handles back in place. If you don't like the original knobs/handles you can either spray paint them or buy new ones. 

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