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!


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  1. 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?

  2. 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

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

  4. 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

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

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