I LOVE painting furniture and for years completed bigger jobs with a paint brush and small roller which took FOREVER to complete. For smaller projects I still use my Purdy paintbrushes but for anything that will take me hours to paint I drag out my Graco Magnum X5. And let me tell you, this thing rocks. I’ve had mine a few years now and have never regretted my purchase. It comes with a DVD that is so helpful and after you use it a few times it becomes easier and easier to manuever. But Please…read the manual and watch the DVD. Everything you need to know is in there.
I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on paint so I first looked through Lowe’s Ooops paint to see if there were any colors already mixed that I liked and of course…nothing! I always look through the Ooops paint first since you can usually pick up a $35-$40 can of paint for $10-$15. So after comparing prices I chose Valspar 4000 in semi-gloss which was only $19 and had it mixed to a lovely light gray. I chose a semi-gloss finish to allow for easier cleaning since dining chairs can get a little dirty due to use.
Prep is always the most important step in painting, even with a paint sprayer. I cleaned my chairs with a bucket of sudsy water and a rag. I just added a few squirts of Dawn to the water and cleaned every inch of the chairs. Be sure you allow adequate time for your furniture to dry before priming or painting.
After my chairs dried I primed them with my favorite primer, Zinsser Cover Stain. I used the spray version due to the curves on the chairs. If I were painting something like a table or bench with a more flat surface I would use Zinsser Cover Stain in the can and just roll/brush it on. I used 3 cans of spray for 6 chairs. Once primed I let the chairs sit for a little over an hour to allow them to dry.
I started spraying and right away fell in love with the light gray. You can see the difference between the ones primed on the front row compared to the ones I painted on the back row. Remember to spray in light coats. You don’t want to spray with a heavy hand since that will create drips and runs. Several lighter coats works best.
Here is a closer look of the finished chairs. A paint sprayer creates a great professional finish and in a fraction of what it takes when using a brush or roller.
Do you use a paint sprayer in your projects? If so, which brand do you use?
Graco has not compensated me in anyway to write this post. This is just one chick’s unpaid opinion and her love for Graco…