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DIY Spraypainting Wood Furniture

  1. Anne-Marie

    February 16th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    What a fantastic primer on painting furniture. It’s all in the preparation. I love that you sanded so much, i bet those drawers look just as great up close as the do in the pics. I’m going to link over to this in my post today!

  2. Heather

    February 16th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    thank you for the step by step instructions. she is a lucky girl to have such a great new room! can you tell us where you found the brand of spray paint you used.

    Thanks!

  3. effortless

    February 16th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I found the spraypaint at Blick. I link to it in the spraypainting post. Hope that helps. It’s mainly found in art stores not home improvement stores.

  4. christine {bijouandboheme}

    February 16th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for laying out all of the steps- I so would just srapy, dry, spray again so clearly, I need some instruction on spray painting. The finished desk looks fabulous.

  5. Bailey@peppermintbliss

    February 16th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    you rule but where was this post last summer wen I was destroying many a piece of furniture. Oh well, saving it for future endeavors!

  6. Design Elements

    February 16th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    wonderful step by step instructions. i like that chair. lovely greetings

  7. sparrowsandsparkle

    February 16th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Thank you for these instructions!

  8. Danielle.freshquince

    February 16th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Looks fabulous, but one question. Are the handles still usable? I have been wanting to spray paint handles on a dresser I have, but have been concerned that I will botch it up and they will be stuck in one position and not be usable.

  9. effortless

    February 16th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    The handles were still usable. We hung the handles on our laundry line. Having them dangle from the pull was great. We were able to get great coverage from all angles. Just let them set/dry and they should be good to use. I’ve done this in past and sometimes chipping occurs, but it’s normally not a lot or noticeable.

    Our handles were a really weird size and they would have needed custom pulls if we wanted to switch them up and that wasn’t an option so we sprayed them the same color as the drawer to have them disappear.

  10. Danielle.freshquince

    February 16th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Brilliant! Thanks so much for replying! You are totally inspiring me to muster the courage and go ahead and spray paint the handles on my vintage dresser! Love your blog!! xx Danielle

  11. Ashley

    February 16th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Off to buy myself some spray paint…how gorgeous is that desk!?!

  12. Morgan @ Attention to Detail

    February 16th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    The desk is gorgeous! The step by step instructions are much appreciated. Where do you spray paint in the winter?

  13. effortless

    February 16th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    In the winter we spraypaint in our shop. Our basement is finished and has a man den, laundry room and shop full of tools, our heating tank, and a work station. We had a drop cloth on the floor and then hung up a drop cloth from the clothing line that is also in the shop to prevent it from spraying everywhere. It seemed to work out really well for us.

    We made sure to open up some windows and used an odorless primer, but which helped a lot. It’s not totally odor free, but better than most sprays.

  14. Julie

    February 16th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Very helpful!

  15. Andrea {white picket fences}

    February 16th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    So much work but well worth it. Looks fantastic and the colors are awesome!

  16. Rachael

    February 16th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    This looks amazing! Thanks for the detailed instructions, and thanks for popping back in to answer questions!

  17. Sara

    February 16th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks so much for the detailed instructions!! SO helpful!

    Would you mind sharing why you opted for the spray paint, rather than the new cool compressor you have? I’d love to hear why! (Also, I’m just envying your compressor and trying to find ways to justify getting one, especially since I think I could convince my husband since it falls into the “tool” category and he already has a compressor ;)! )

  18. effortless

    February 17th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I love the compressor, but it’s on the large size and in the garage that was covered with snow. So it was just easier to use the spray-paint. I do love the compressor. So easy to use and provides great coverage and dries fast. Only downside is the clean up afterwards.

  19. Sara

    February 22nd, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Thanks so much!! Great to know! I think I will try to work on this purchase when we get to spring.

  20. Tara Sherman

    February 20th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I’m getting ready to start painting a loft bed (twin), and although your instructions seem to guarantee a perfect finish, I’m worried how many cans of pain I may need. How many cans did it take it finish the dresser?

  21. effortless

    February 21st, 2011 at 9:29 am

    It took cans for the white and one can of the pink.

  22. carol McCarthy

    May 26th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Love the painted furniture. Do you use semi gloss or satin? Thanks

  23. effortless

    May 26th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I tend to use semi-gloss. I like my pieces to be as shiny as I can get them. I just want to lacquer everything!

  24. Shelley

    July 8th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Do you need to do several coats of Krylon Crystal Clear? Or does one coat get it covered enough?

  25. effortless

    July 11th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    We just did one and it worked really well.

  26. Stephanie H

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Could you tell me the name and brand of the colour you used for the drawers? I am planning on painting a dresser white with coloured drawers but just can’t settle on the “perfect” colour!

  27. Carlo

    August 27th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Nice job there! I only wonder if you use a spray gun or a spray can. Which could be money saver of the two?

  28. Steve

    June 9th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I have a couple of automotive spray guns and two small compressors and one larger (five hp single stage). I’m doing some little wood projects, furniture type stuff, and do not want to get out these spray guns for such. That would be overkill and they probably are not the best tools for the application anyway. Can you recommend some good spray guns for wood furniture paint finishing?

  29. Laura

    August 29th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I had a question, I spray painted a wooden nightstand recently and I wanted more of a smooth/shiny/glossy finish. I did buy a sealer, but that did not work. Would you suggest painting on a sealer, if so what kind. Also, the primer I used kept on leaving a white residue, any suggestions on what I was doing wrong or a brand that wont leave that on the furniture?
    Thanks!

  30. effortless

    August 29th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I use wipe on poly in high gloss. It’s available at Home Depot. I use Kilz as a primer and have never had an issue with residue. They have it in a spraypaint version and that’s normally what I use.

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