Spray painting furniture as compared to traditional painting using brushes has proven to be more time efficient way of getting your job done and have more work done in little time. By adopting spray-painting mechanism, you can also avoid the brushstroke marks from becoming visible, which more often than not, gives an unsmooth look. Most of the time, it may take only ten minutes to finish a job on one furniture item, and you are home free. Moreover, spray paint dries much quicker than brush paint.

You can spray paint any item in your home that needs a total overhaul or little touch ups. It is a much cheaper way as well as can be done by you with ease. Once you master the art of spray painting furniture, you can renew your old decorations and furniture items and give them a new look without any brush marks to provide them with the rough look and save a great lot of money as well.

Steps to Paint a Chair with Paint Spray

Step 1 Prep and Clean

Step 1 Prep and CleanTo get prepared for the project at hand and get the job done quickly, make sure you get everything sorted and stocked up so that you don’t have to waste any time getting things during the spray job as it would be time-consuming. So make a list beforehand and gather all the equipment. For spray painting your chair, you will need a mask, sandpaper, primer, spray paint and a sealer, depending on the project. Do not go for cheap or generic brands of color, as it eventually may turn out to be a tremendous disappointment. Instead, go for brands like Krylon or Rust-Oleum, which may cost you more, but they will provide you a better quality finishing that you are aiming.

You can find various finish options in spray paint, ranging from flat to high gloss. Always get the kind that fulfills your needs and for painting a chair, higher the gloss, the easier it is to clean. If the chair has high usage, you should not use flat paint, as it would become harder to keep it clean. Use of satin or gloss finish is highly recommended.

Starting with the actual painting, first, make sure that the chair you are about to paint is clean and there is no loose piece or cracks. Tighten the loose screws and if there is anything broken or loose, fix them. Sanding the chair before painting gives you optimum result. Sandpaper comes in a range from medium to a high grit, and you can use any depending on the finish you are looking. Sand the chair thoroughly removing any inconsistencies or rough patches that might get in the way of smooth finish. Make sure that you sand in the direction of the wood grain always. After sanding, wipe it with a damp cloth to remove any residual dust.

Step 2 Prime

Paint ChairPriming is the next most crucial step of spray-painting your chair, and it can even cover up poor sanding job. Priming is done to ensure that the coverage is also and gets the paint to stick. Spray paint primers are available in several varieties. They are available in tinted options as well that can assist you when you are using dark colors like red or black. Apply primer on your chair using long and even brush strokes. Do not spray on open areas as it may result in dripping of lead. Once the first coat dries, you can apply another coat or touch up if needed.

You can use sandpaper again to remove any bubbles or inconsistencies that came up during the priming process. Let the chair completely dry before you start applying the paint.

Step 3 Spray Paint it!

Step 3 Spray Paint itUse long even strokes while spray-painting. Spray paint gun should not be held too near to the piece as it can get rings or other marks of built-up paint. As with the primer, you should not try to get the job done with the first coat. Instead of getting drips that you will have to sand off later, get a second coat. Pay close attention to corners, arms legs or ornate details of the chair as those are the most problematic places where you might get drips.

Spray painting is better than traditional painting using the brush as it takes only 10 minutes for the paint to dry between coats and this makes the job quick. Darker colors will need more layers than the lighter shades you are using. Once the coating is dried thoroughly, assess whether you need another coat or not and act accordingly.

Step 4 Seal it and Let Dry

Step 4 Seal it and Let DryIf you are painting a high-use piece of furniture as in our case, it is a chair; then you will need to seal it. A coat of polyacrylic will keep the chair looking nice and new for a more extended period. You may not need to seal the furniture items that are not used quite often, though. It is one more step but is worth it to give your furniture a finished look for a more extended period.

Some other Tips

Here are some tips that will give best results.

  • If you have dripping or bubbling problem than it can be quickly dealt with using sandpaper. It is more work, but in the end, you will have a smooth finish.
  • If the paint is not sticking even after sanding and priming, you can apply another layer of primer and sand afterward before you respray paint.
  • Spray paint is not compatible with some surfaces like plastic and some metals, so before starting the spray-painting job, read the labels carefully.


Spray painting is less time consuming and provides you with the much smoother look than paintbrush painting. You can do it yourself with the same results as any professional’s work if you follow steps. Using spray paint, you can renovate any furniture item in your home and give it an entirely new look. This will not only give you a great sense of achievement having done a paint job yourself but also is quite economical, money wise and time wise as well.