- Super Finish Max Extra with Blue Tip
- Paint color of choice
- Topcoat of choice
- Stain of choice (optional)
- Upholstery (optional)
- Stapler/staples (optional)
- Respirator/safety goggles/ear plugs
Do you have an outdated dining table set that needs spruced up? Or maybe you have a hand-me-down that doesn't fit your decor? In either instance, you can have the look you're after in no time at all. With the HomeRight Super Finish Max paint sprayer I was able to take this curbside set of chairs and give them a fantastic new look.
When a friend spied this set of chairs on the curb, she knew that I would have interest in them. Gotta love friends who know your vices, right? haha. They are in great structural shape and just needed a bit of TLC . They're about to get a fresh new look with paint and upholstery.
In order to get them looking new, prep work is key. Begin by making any structural repairs, tightening loose screws, removing the seats (if upholstery is present) etc. Then, if needed, give them a good sanding. In my case, this set was previously painted, so I needed to sand down all the chips and give the surface some "tooth" for the new paint to stick to.
Once sanded, I clean them up with a mild soap and a bit of water. Sometimes with paint, you can use rubbing alcohol to remove the top finish as well. You could always do a test area to check and see since if the paint comes off with rubbing alcohol, you'll know it's a latex paint and not oil. Now it's time to have a blast! This is where one of my favorite tools comes into play. The Super Finish Max paint sprayer has interchangeable tips that make the job a breeze. For this project, I'm using the black nozzle and blue tip for the paint and the topcoat. You can view my YouTube Video describing how to use it HERE. The sprayer can even be used to apply stain too. Woot!
Be sure to read your manufacturer's instructions on how to thin your paint or stain (if you're choosing that route). I chose to use a custom color I had on hand for my chairs. It's a great idea to practice your paint sprayer flow on a piece of scrap wood or cardboard until you get it right. The key to nice, even coats is to have the flow adjusted, but also move your spayer using your shoulder and elbow, not your wrist. Keep the sprayer held about 12 inches away from your project piece.
For my chairs, I sprayed two coats of paint, letting cure 2 hours at least in between. After I spray the first coat, I wash up the sprayer to prevent any clogging as it shouldn't sit full for more than 20 minutes or so at a time. Once my second coat of paint had cured, I applied 2 coats of a satin poly, again, letting fully cure between coats. It still amazes me I can have all those steps done in a day. If I were to be using a paint brush for all of this, it would take days! TIP: While paint is curing, you can be removing and recovering the seat cushions with new upholstery and batting to save time.
The table for this set was found second hand and also needed TLC, but I was delighted that it matched the era of the chairs. I sanded down the top and used a gel stain with satin poly, while the legs and skirt got a fresh coat of a soft white. Now the whole set looks brand new, don't you think? My hope is that you are inspired to give DIY a try and refresh that tired old dining room table set to make it new. Come see me for a visit at my blog, Prodigal Pieces, and feel free to ask any questions you may have. Until next time!
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