Lately it seems half of my clients want to see their kitchen set updated. I did two only this week, and this is the forth one since the beginning of the summer.
The difference from this latest one is that the top was not solid wood, but laminate, which means no chance of restaining it.
It is not the first time this happens to me. I had seen some tabletops painted in wood-like colors and to me they look pretty good, eventhough you can tell it is not stain.
When I worked on my first dining set a few years ago, I didn’t even consider using a paint sprayer. My only experience with spray had been a dresser I painted with spray paint, and it was super messy despite the long time I spent preparing it to avoid over spray. At the end of my project, I was not happy with the result, my work space, clothes and hair were all painted white.
(My first project entirely painted with spray paint)
The thing is, canned spray paint is oil-based and those two words together (oil+based) still scare the life out of me. The cleaning of oil based paint is a real nightmare!
Another horrific nightmare is to paint 4 or 6 chairs full of spindles using a paint brush. It is tedious, very time consuming and despite several coats and touch ups, the final look is never really nice and smooth.
I’ve been getting a lot of orders for painting kitchen sets and soon realized that brushing dozens of chairs would not be an option for me. For the sake of my own sanity, I recently decided to invest in a paint sprayer. I knew it would still be messy, but at least I could use water-based paint.
I had seen some good reviews of HomeRight sprayers and they were reasonably priced, so that was my choice. I went for this model, but there is a cheaper one.
Was the paint sprayer a time saver? OMG, definitely! Even considering the extra prep time to cover the areas of the piece I didn’t want painted. Was the finish nice, even and smooth? Well, once I got the hang of it, absolutely!
I love when a new experiment works so beautifully. This new tool is a keeper and I could even say it is one of my top 5 favorite tools. I might not be using it for all my projects, but it is my long-term partner to tackle chairs, cribs and all pieces with spindles I come across.
I painted the table top in Ben Moore classic brown and glazed it with Minwax stain, jacobean. From a distance you may even think it is stained wood.
Chairs and table legs were painted with Valspar graceful white, lighlty distressed and glazed with Rustoleum dark walnut stain.
I’m curious to know what most people use to paint their chairs, so please, share your experience with me!