Repainting Furniture Using a Paint Sprayer

Using a paint sprayer to repaint furniture makes the job easy, and you’ll get excellent results.

Katrina Sullivan of Chic Little House gave new life to a couple of furniture pieces in her dining room using a paint sprayer. Follow along as she shows us how she did it.

Using a Paint Sprayer to Repaint Furniture


  • Plastic Wood Filler
  • Orbital Sander
  • Paint Sprayer (You can rent a paint sprayer from The Home Depot.)
  • Medium Grit Sanding Sponge 

Preparing Your Furniture Piece

Clean the furniture piece with a lint-free cloth. Use mild soap and water, and it allow to dry.

Apply wood filler with a plastic putty knife filling holes. For deep holes and gouges, slowly build the damaged back up.

My favorite wood filler is the DAP Plastic Wood Filler. I prefer using it in a tub because that makes it easier to use a putty knife. This wood filler is super easy to spread, and most areas dry within two to three hours.

After the wood filler is dry, sand the body of the chair using a medium grit sanding block. Pay extra attention to smoothing out the areas where wood filler was applied.

I used an orbital sander with medium grit sandpaper to sand the seat. Seats on chairs take a lot of wear and tear, and I wanted to pay extra attention to this area. Wipe away dust from the sanding with a lint-free cloth.

Once I completed all the prep work on my four chairs and the banquette legs, I was ready to paint.

Prepare a Work Space

I created an outdoor work area on my lawn, laying down a drop cloth to project my grass from spills. I also placed a large piece of lumber on the drop cloth for a stable spot for the chairs to sit on.

Prepare the Paint Sprayer

When using a paint sprayer, you’ll need to thin the paint with water. With some sprayers I’ve used, this can involve a bit of guess work. The Wagner Home Decor Paint Sprayer makes it easy. I poured the paint directly into the canister and then used the yellow gauge to help determine how much water to add.

Painting the Furniture

Do a test run on a piece of cardboard before spraying your furniture, so you feel comfortable.

Once you’re ready to spray-paint your furniture, use broad sweeping movements start and end off your chair. Spray thin-to-medium coats of paint, allowing the paint to build-up overtime.

I waited 10 to 15 minutes before spraying the each coat. Before spraying the banquette, I covered the fabric with plastic and then sprayed the legs of the banquette. Keep a brush on hand to touch up any paint drips.

The Newly Repainted Furniture

I’m thrilled with how my dining rooms chairs turned out! The finish on the chairs is ultra smooth and the look brand new!

I’m very impressed with how easy it was to use the Wagner Home Decor Paint Sprayer; I also liked how light weight and compact it is when spraying. It was easy to get into the tight places under the legs.

I’m also thrilled with how the legs on the banquette turned out. There were several spots on the legs and bottom bar with deep chew marks on them. After prepping and painting the legs, my banquette looks brand new. I also like the rich black color paint on the legs better than the old medium stain tone.

I’m excited to start my next paint furniture makeover with my new paint sprayer.

You can find all the materials you need for using a paint sprayer in The Home Depot’s Paint Department.

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