Painted Rocking Chair with a Paint Sprayer
Posted By
Ashley Phipps
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Materials Needed: 
  • HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra HVLP Paint Sprayer
  • Oil Based Primer
  • Brush for Oil Based Primer
  • Latex Paint in Your Choice of Color
  • HomeRight Medium Spray Shelter

Project Steps


Repainting a rocking chair for my daughter was a great way to make this child-sized piece of furniture match with our existing furniture. And the best part is that I was able to do it without sanding!

Step 1

Prime and Prepare the Surface

I did not want to have to sand all the corners, crevices and small delicate areas of this rocking chair, so I decided to repaint this rocking chair for my daughter without sanding it! 

Yes. It actually CAN be done!  Go HERE to learn more about why and how to repaint furniture without sanding.

I began this project by simply painting over the existing stain sealer with an Oil Based Primer. Using an oil-based primer meant I did not need to sand first. I used a brush that I could throw away to keep clean-up easy (you can also use a sprayer for this step). Then I let it dry completely.

Step 2

Paint the Furniture

Then I filled my Super Finish Max Extra Paint Sprayer with a grey latex paint and thinned it according to manufacturer instructions.  

I have used several paint sprayers in the past, but I love that the Super Finish Max Extra Paint Sprayer from HomeRight is powerful enough to handle thicker paints and very little thinning is required! You could also use the classic Finish Max. This makes painting so easy and fast. 

I set my primed chair up in the Medium Spray Shelter. I love how easy the Medium Spray Shelter is to set up! It unfolds just like a car sun protector and is the perfect size for medium size projects like this one!

I really love that it has a built-in bottom too, although we did choose to throw down a tarp just so the bottom wouldn't end up with too much paint overspray on it.

Step 3

Paint, Dry, and Seal

Once my chair was in the spray shelter and my paint was in my paint sprayer, I was ready to get to work.

I carefully applied two coats of paint to the rocking chair. I did two very light coats because there were a lot of small areas I needed to get into and I didn't want too much paint to get anywhere. 

I let the rocking chair dry completely between coats and after the final coat of paint.

The whole process of actually painting the chair took very little time! I love how fast paint sprayers make refinishing furniture like this!

If you want, you can add a sealer as a top coat to your project. I choose not to because I actually like the natural wear of paint over time on projects like this. But the paint will stay looking better longer if you add a sealer on top.

Step 4

Enjoy the Rocking Chair! 

Once the rocking chair was dry it was ready to come in! My little one loves her new chair so much and I love that it matches my decor! 

Learn more about Repainting Furniture without Sanding on my blog HERE.

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Our little one is growing up way too fast and she loves having her own special chair to sit in. She often tries to steal my desk chair, so I thought it would be fun for her to have her own special chair. I found a small rocking chair that was just her size, but I didn't love the color. And so I thought a fresh coat of paint would update the rocking chair and help it blend into my family room while giving my daughter a perfect sized rocking chair to sit in so hopefully I can keep mine!

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Child Rocking Chair Furniture DIY with the Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer

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