Paint is a beautiful way to add color and personality to furniture. But it can also be very time-consuming, messy, and expensive. If you have ever wanted an easy alternative that doesn’t require hours of work or the use of paintbrushes then spray painting is for you!

In this article, we will give you a step-by-step guide on how to do just that using a spray gun.

Step 1: Gather The Supplies You Will Need

  • Paint: Two different colors of paint for the furniture’s original color and any additional pieces you plan on painting. The two most popular types of paint we recommend to use are acrylic and lacquer. Acrylic is the least expensive but it also has a shorter lifespan so make sure not to get any on surfaces that may need to be touched often. Lacquer is more expensive but it will also last longer than acrylic and can withstand a lot of contact without wearing off or chipping.
  • Spray Gun: A spray gun with a narrow nozzle, which is what will give your new piece that beautiful vintage look. There are many different types of spray guns available so it is important to find one that best fits your needs and skill level. If you have never used a gun before then we recommend starting with an inexpensive HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) which will produce fine atomized sprays. If you are more comfortable with a gun then an HVLP will work well for those too.
  • Safety Gear: A mask or respirator as well as safety glasses and a hat in order to protect your face, eyes, and lungs from any harmful particles. When spraying furniture, the most important thing to remember is safety.
  • T-Shirt: An old T-shirt that you can use for painting the furniture so you don’t have anything on top of it.
  • Duct Tape: A duct tape for taping off the furniture to prevent any paint from getting on it.
  • Paint Tarp: A cardboard box that you can cut up into a smaller size. You can also use a paint tarp, drop cloth, old sheets, towels, etc. in order to protect anything else you don’t want covered with paint.
  • Sandpaper: Medium-grit sandpaper (roughly 220).
  • Vaccum: Wet/dry vacuum cleaner.

Step 2: Prepare Your Furniture For Painting

One of the best tips for spray painting furniture is to prep it before you start. Remove any hardware, knobs, hinges, etc.

If your furniture has any type of lacquer or varnish on it then you will need to sand and wipe all residuals off with a rag.

Sand your furniture with medium-grit sandpaper (roughly 220) until the surface feels smooth and even under pressure.

Prevent dust from building up by wiping down the furniture with a damp rag or old T-shirt. Wipe it down with an old rag or if you have access to compressed air, use that to blow out any dust and wood shavings.

Step 3: Tape Off The Furniture

Use duct tape to cover any areas that you don’t want to be painted.

Step 4: Prime Your Furniture

If the furniture in question is not primed, prime it first before moving on. You can use interior latex paint if desired or an exterior primer for added protection from UV rays.

The first coat of primer will seal the surface so you can paint over it without worrying about ruining your work by having liquids seep in. All you need is a good-quality spray primer such as Rustoleum Primer.

Step 5: Paint Your Furniture With A Spray Gun

The next step is to set up your work area with all of your supplies and tools nearby before spraying. Once everything is set up it’s time to get started!

The first step in painting your furniture with a spray gun is to attach it properly. Make sure the top of the paint can nozzle is clean and free from dirt or dust before attaching it on top of two tubes, one at either end.

The next part involves tightening the nozzle by turning the two tubes. When you find a good tightness, place one hand on each tube and tighten them together to ensure that they are properly secured.

Once your spray gun is attached correctly, you will need some paint in order for this process to work. There are many different types of paints like latex or oil-based. However, latex paint is the most common type used for spray painting.

The first step in spraying your furniture with a spray gun is to shake or stir the can of paint before opening it.

Make sure that you have enough ventilation as well because this process should be done outdoors if possible. This ensures that any fumes and overspray from the paint will not get into the air.

After shaking or stirring your can of paint, you should then unscrew the nozzle from the spray gun and attach it to the top of a clean empty container where you aim to catch any excess paint that may spurt out while spraying. This is also known as an “emulsion jar”. The jar should be made of a material that can withstand heat because you will usually place the jar on top of your paint can.

Before opening the lid and starting to spray, make sure that all pumps are primed by pumping them until they release some air. This is done in order for more pressure to build up inside so it works best when spraying.

Finally, you are ready to start spraying your furniture with a spray gun. Make sure that the paint is in front of you and begin by pressing the trigger until there’s enough pressure. You may want to use a sweeping motion for larger areas of the furniture or just cover up smaller details like legs or handles.

Once you’ve covered an area with paint, slowly move the nozzle away from that area and continue spraying in different directions.

When you’re finished painting your furniture with a spray gun, make sure to clean up any messes or oversprays by using paper towels that are disposable and will not be affected by the paint. You can also use an old T-shirt or other types of cloth.

Step 6: Post Painting Cleaning And Care Of Your Furniture

After you’ve finished painting your furniture with a spray gun, it’s important to clean up any excess paint from the surface because this can cause damage over time if not properly cleaned.

To do this simply take some paper towels and gently wipe up the paint off of your furniture. You can also use water and a sponge for this task but make sure to clean up any spills immediately because they may dry before you have time to react.

Cover your work area with a drop cloth and put away any tools you have not already used.

Tips For Spraying Paint Your Furniture On A Complex Surface

When spraying furniture, many people wonder if it is even possible to paint intricate or detailed areas such as inlays. To be honest, it is not always easy but there are a few things you can do to make this process much easier.

Use An Airbrush

If the paint does not seem to go on evenly then try using an airbrush instead of using your spray gun’s nozzle. The results will be much more even and the surface will look better.

Use A Primer

If you just want to paint over details or inlays then we recommend using a primer first for it is designed specifically with this purpose in mind.

Practice Makes Perfect

The best way to get good at painting furniture would be by practicing with different surfaces. Once you master the process of painting furniture then it will be much easier to paint complex surfaces like inlays.

Tips For Spraying Paint Your Furniture On A Large Surface

When spraying large pieces of furniture, there are some things that you should keep in mind. If you have never done this before then we recommend starting off with something smaller, such as a chair or stool.


It is always good to practice first because it will make the process much easier in the long run.


Always remember that preparation is key when spraying furniture and take your time while doing so. You want to make sure the surface is completely covered so there are no visible gaps.

Safety Goggles

We also recommend wearing safety goggles because if you get any paint on your face or in your eyes it can be harmful. It’s better to take precautions now and avoid a big problem later!

Clean Up

Once everything has dried it’s time to clean up. Make sure to cover your work area with a drop cloth and put away any tools you have not already used.


If you want an easy alternative to painting furniture, a spray gun may be the perfect option for you. We have provided the step-by-step guide above so that your project can go as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

With just a few changes in technique, these tips will make your paint job look like it was painted by experts! All without ever having to use paintbrushes or spend hours on end working with different colors.

Whether this is something you need to do often or are doing one time for fun, we hope our guide has been helpful.