Spray paint primer

Spray paint (1-2+ cans, depending on furniture size)

Painters’ tape

Spray-painting is often considered the easiest and simplest option to update a piece of furniture. However, spray-painting is not always so simple and easy. Whenever you’re considering a do-it-yourself project that involves spray-painting furniture, it is important to know all the facts before diving in. Below is a step-by-step guide to spray-painting a wooden nightstand:

1. Preparation is everything

Make sure that the surface you are spraying is clean, dry and most of all has a texture that will allow the paint to stick. To ensure that the paint will stick, run some medium- to fine-grit sandpaper all over the piece. When using the sandpaper, don’t apply too much pressure because you may put grooves into the wood. Once you have sanded, make sure to wipe off all of the dust so that surface is not covered with grit.

2. Ready to prime

After wiping off all of the dust from sanding, priming your furniture is next. Following the shake instructions on your spray paint can (Krylon is a good option), start spraying one foot away from the surface. Spray in a specific pattern, such as left-to-right, to prevent random deposits of primer. Considering that nightstands have multiple sides be sure to allow the top surfaces to dry completely before spraying the nightstand’s underside.

Why prime?

Priming is essential in the painting process because it will make the paint appear brighter and richer. While priming may not seem necessary for furniture pieces that are in light color, it is always better to err on the side of caution when spray-painting furniture.

3. Ready to paint

After the primer has dried, you are ready to paint. Simply repeat step 2, but this time with your desired paint color. After allowing it to dry, your updated furniture piece is ready to be used.

Testing your DIY skills

For those of you looking for a Martha Stewart-status DIY project, I suggest using painter’s tape as a way to add pattern. Painter’s tape is similar to a stencil because it can outline your desired pattern. However, be forewarned that some patterns are more difficult than others. For example, the trendy chevron pattern takes precision to ensure symmetry. But no matter what pattern you decide, the final product will be well worth the extra time and effort.

After you’ve taped out your pattern, spray all over your piece. The final step is peeling off the tape. I cannot stress this enough: let the paint dry completely. I know the urge to peel off the tape is hard to resist, but premature peeling can result in a not-so-pretty finished product. So wait patiently, slowly peel off the tape, step back and admire your wonderful new nightstand.

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