Can you spray paint furniture indoors?
When the weather outside thinks it’s the boss of you, but you’ve got projects that need done NOW, it’s time to think outside the box.
Up until recently, I thought once the weather turned cold (or if it was too humid/too windy/too buggy) I was resigned to painting with a brush indoors. Not necessarily a bad thing, but so much more time consuming.
But then I had an epiphany.
I could almost hear angels singing.
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Why not paint INSIDE the house??
I have plenty of space in the other half of my living room. (I never quite know what to do with this side of the room anyway, so why not pitch a spray shelter, right?) I knew without a doubt I could make it work. (Excuse the red fabric on the rocking chairs…they’re on my “to do” list of pieces to be recovered.) 🙂
Now, I have to pause here and tell you: I wouldn’t spray paint anything indoors with a regular old can of spray paint. I like my brain cells and those of my children and don’t want to kill them with all the fumes in canned spray paint. (yuck)
But since I can use regular latex paint in my HomeRight sprayer, you bet I’ll use this inside! It’s no different than painting a room. *happy dance*
What you’ll need to spray paint furniture indoors:
- HomeRight large spray shelter
- HomeRight Finish Max Extra
- 2-3 large drop cloths to allow plenty of space around the outside of the shelter
- three heavy books
- wide painters tape
- cone strainer for paint (optional, but highly recommended)
- extension cord
- room to set up the spray shelter (the shelter is 6’x9′ at the base and is 5.5′ tall)
I had my little helper help me set up the shelter in our living room – he did a great job. 🙂
After the spray shelter was set up, I added another drop cloth and put three heavy books along the back bottom edge of the shelter – just to make sure no overspray got underneath. Better safe than sorry. 😉
This dresser has been mine ever since I was a little girl and while I didn’t love the wood color or grain pattern, I do love the details on it. (and the cute little note from my baby is an added bonus)
Clean and prep your piece, taping off any areas you don’t want to paint.
Oh, who am I kidding. I’m telling you to clean your piece, but I really didn’t. I gave it a quick wipe down to remove any dust and then I jumped into priming…because I’m an impatient DIYer. 😉 I gave it two coats of primer for added adhesion.
After the primer is dry, I highly recommend running your paint through a cone strainer, directly into the sprayer paint container. This prevents any tiny bits of dried paint or random chunks from clogging up your sprayer.
This step is absolutely worth the extra 2 minutes it takes. Don’t skip this or you might be saying naughty words later, if your sprayer clogs. 😉 Also – be sure to do a brief test spray on a piece of cardboard – this ensures you have the right coverage and flow for your project.
Spray paint furniture indoors – such a game changer!
You know I’m all about using what you have and doing projects on a dime – so I decided to use leftover paint I had from when I painted my ugly linoleum kitchen floors.
It took me under 5 minutes to spray this whole dresser. No joke.
You’ll notice that I had the drawers kind of pulled out in a descending order, if that makes sense. See the photos above, if you want a visual. The tape I put in place kept overspray out of my drawers (and protected the inside of the dresser) which means I didn’t have to pull them all out and do them individually. All the praise hands!
Let’s take this painting gig up a notch
Once I was done, I decided to step way out of my comfort zone and try something I’ve never done before. I went in with a couple tiny artist brushes and highlighted the details of the dresser. It took me a few hours, but I’m absolutely in love with the result.
Now, you do NOT have to do such detail work on your furniture. This was just for kicks and giggles.
The whole point of me sharing this “spray paint furniture indoors” idea with you is so you know that you *can* paint large pieces of furniture INSIDE your home safely – without fear of overspray damage – by using the HomeRight large spray shelter. This is such a huge game changer for anyone who feels limited by what’s going on outdoors.
Too hot? Spray inside.
Too humid? Spray inside.
Too windy? Spray inside.
Too cold? (I’m looking at you, Minnesota)
*** Spray. Inside. ***
So don’t let the weather dictate what projects you can and cannot do. Move some furniture out of the way and get to painting! 😀 Snatch up those curbside or thrift store finds – or those hand me down pieces that just need a little love and play with paint!
When you’re trying to make the most with what you’ve got – or maybe money is tight – paint is the miracle worker you need and will, without a doubt, give you the most bang for your buck.
And with this shelter and sprayer? Nothing will stop you now.
You’ve got this, sweet friend!