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How To Spray Paint Furniture! {in 5 easy steps}

The pros to spray paint is that there is hardly any clean up, it will stick to nearly anything, and the dry time is much faster than latex paint. The cons are that there are limited colors and it can be a little more pricey if you have a large project. Sometimes the convenience is worth the little extra cost. So, let’s Get Started!

1. Prep:

First things first! Sand and then wipe with a damp towel.  If there is a lot of dirt and grime on the piece we usually clean it with TSP.  You can find TSP at your local home improvement store, or Walmart may carry it.  It’s a great product to have on hand if you have a few projects to do.

2. Prime:

We use KILZ spray primer and sealer. The only issue we have found with this primer is that it can leave a little gritty texture once it dries so use a shop rag and rub it off. If that does not remove all the grit then use 220 grade sandpaper, and lightly buff it off.  Then wipe it down again to remove any dust or debris from the sandpaper. TIP: Sometimes if you shake the can for several minutes before use, it eliminates the gritty texture.

While your primer dries, you can work on your hardware. We like to use Oil Rubbed Bronze.  It’s an all around great finish but you can choose to use any color or metallic finish. Spray the hardware with light even coats. Let dry thoroughly.

3. Paint:

We almost always use Krylon spray paint. Do not waste your money on the $1 cans of spray paint because it will cost you a lot more in the long run. They do not have very good coverage unfortunately. Krylon and Rustoleum are the best! The key to spray painting is using light coats. Use a back and forth motion releasing the nozzle every once in a while. Don’t stay in one spot too long, or you will have drips and those have to be sanded out. Let paint dry in between coats to avoid drip or splatter marks. Spray paint can drip easily so keep an eye out for those!

4. Protect:

Polycrylic also comes in a spray paint form! We like to give each piece at least two coats of a sealer.  We usually use polycrylic or polyurethane to finish our pieces.

5. Add your hardware then you are done!

Enjoy your newly painted project! The possibilities are endless when it comes to spray paint! Next week we will show you how to get creative with your furniture finishes! Sometimes a piece needs to be jazzed up a bit! We can’t wait to show you a few of our tricks! Here are a few of our furniture makeovers that were done with SPRAY PAINT!

Navy Blue China Cabinet

Creamy Ornate Headboard

Tiffany Blue Dresser

Glazed TV Hutch

Are you ready to tackle your next project yet?? Head over to Classy Clutter for more furniture and home decor inspiration! all crafts How To Paint Wood Furniture in 3 Basic Steps!Mallory and Savannah are best friends and the brains behind Classy Clutter, a one-stop shop for all things creative with a focus on Furniture and Home Décor. Both are moms with a mission for being creative on the cheap!  Mallory is a full-time mom of two little boys and a student.  She runs her Etsy Shop –Heartfelt Designs and Photography Business from her home in New York. Savannah is a cosmetologist at an Arizona salon called Hair Do and keeps busy doing furniture, crafts and activities with her two little girls!  Classy Clutter keeps them connected from NY to AZ! Classy Clutter is your place for inspiration, tips and tutorials!  Please hop over and check us out!  We’d love to have you!


  1. rebecca

    How do you get the distressed look? i see from your examples that some paint has been rubbed off.

  2. Mallory

    Hi Rebecca!

    Great question!! We use a fine to medium grit sandpaper to distress the edges. The sandpaper rubs off some of the new paint and some of the wood shows through. We will showing you all some more tips on jazzing up furniture next week! We will include distressing and “antiquing”. Is that a word? 🙂

    Shoot us an email if you have any other questions! We’d love to help you out!

    xoxo, Mallory

  3. Stephanie S.

    Thanks for tutorial. I am about to do some spraying and did not know about the poly spray. Abit easier.

  4. Kara

    I was wondering if you attach one of those nossels to the end of your spray paint or if u just spray right from the can. Im going to be painting a crib and want a real even spray. wondering what your thoughts or tips are on painting a crib. thanks

  5. Anzhela Tesker

    Im glad I found this..I just got my daughter a new bed and her old dresser doesnt match. It does have a finish on it..can I just sand it down or do you recommend paint thinner?

  6. Dave

    I own home decor store so its very wonderful guide for me. Thanks for explaining practically using images

  7. Laurie

    I wish I had seen this 6 months ago. I re-purposed a dresser from my childhood for my daughters. I used latex paint and now it is very sticky. Do you think if I seal it, it will be less sticky? Or should I start over next summer and use spray paint?

  8. Mallory Nikolaus

    Hi Kara,

    We do not use the spray paint attachment. The Krylon brand spray paint has a nozzle that can spray both directions depending on which way your arm movement is to give it a more even spray, however, you may find it to be more comfortable for your spraying finger and your hand. It’s really up to you but you can absolutely achieve a nice even spray without it!

    Happy Spraying! 😉

  9. Mallory Nikolaus

    You should be able to sand it and prime it and it will be just fine! Unless the finish is really bad (bumpy, drippy, clumpy) we do not strip the furniture before sanding!

  10. Kim P

    Your grey and white buffet from last March: how do you scuff off so much white to show the grey and not scuff into the actual wood? I’ve scuffed before but not had so much luck scuffing off such big chunks.

    All your stuff looks great! Thanks for the help 🙂

  11. Shawn

    Love all your projects ladies! What type of sand paper do you typically use? Do you sand just to even out edges or do you attempt to get the old finish off? Also, I don’t have an electric sander, can it still be done nicely by hand or should I invest in a sander? Thanks!

  12. Mallory Nikolaus

    HI Shawn!

    Thanks so much! We usually use 3M sand paper or sanding blocks. We both have electric sanders (I got mine at walmart for $20!) GREAT investment but not 100% necessary! You can do it by hand it just takes more time and muscle! Hope you’ll stop by our blog and follow along for the latest tips and posts! Thanks so much for your sweet comments!

    xo, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  13. Mallory Nikolaus

    HI Laurie!

    Typically, if it becomes sticky, it was probably not 100% dry between coats. Some latex paints will do that if you do not let it dry between each coat. Sealing it may help. You could always try that to save you the time and if all else fails, start over! We’ve been there! Trial and error makes perfection 😉

    Good luck,
    Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  14. saqib khan

    a great way of explaining things very effectively by the use of pics.

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  16. Marcy

    I would love to paint a huge bedroom set….but in the past I’ve problems with the paint chipping off over time. I don’t want the destressed look….just a really sharp paint job. Will this achieve that look? Thanks

  17. Cathy

    I really want to paint a bunch of furniture I inherited from my grandparents. They all have routered edges and fancy curved bits. I intend to do it all with a power sander and don’t want to have to sand much by hand. How well do I need to sand the rounded indents? Just scuff it a bit or REALLY get in there and get all the varnish off? These are antiques, and the varnish is THICK.

  18. Samantha

    Great tutorial! I have a dresser that has already been spray painted white. Do I have to re sand it to spray paint a different color?

  19. Missy

    I pretty much followed all of your helpful tips. But, I have drips on my coffe table. I need some advice on what to do. Thanks!!

  20. Palak

    Thanks for your tips about painting furniture. I have a small wooden armoire which I want to paint.I was in so much hurry to re-purpose it that I coated it with yellow color. I totally forget to remove the glossy surface with sand paper and now the finish on the armoire is not so smooth or attractive. Would a 2nd coat fix it or is there any other way I can fix it?

  21. Sharon

    I am working on some bedroom furniture. It was finished a wood stain. I am spray painting it black. I did sand it, primed it with a spray primer, and given it several light coats of glossy black. It is not completely smooth. Could I use steel wool or wet sand paper to finish?

  22. Sharon

    Can you use steel wool or sandpaper to finish a spray painted piece to get a completely smooth finish?

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