Painting Furniture with Latex (Sprayer vs. Roller) July 16, 2012

Greetings, Blog Sister!, Since I am painting a fair amount of furniture these days, it was time to do a latex paint-off! Sprayer vs. Roller. Well you all saw last week’s fun, hot pink masterpiece, painted by Mr. Wonderful, with his manly HVLP paint sprayer.

20120716-200950.jpg It turned out beautifully, with a smooth, shiny surface, using an interior semi gloss paint. The contender for a roller brush paint job, was a very simple dresser from the 60’s. The surface was in great shape, but it was an awful color.


20120716-201449.jpg I’m sorry I can’t show you a complete package, drawers included, but there it is, in all of its mustardly might. To tell the truth, I’m not sure what really inspired me about this piece, in the first place. But it is well made and I thought I could jazz it up by painting out the hardware. I had all sorts of ideas, but I whimped out settled on a cream-colored latex paint. (Dun Edwards, semi gloss, Vanilla Shake).

20120716-202008.jpg I followed all the rules, and painted it with an oil based primer, first (very stinky!). After a light sanding, I painted with a rounded, mini foam roller. Even after sanding lightly between coats, I could still see where at the roller had traveled. Even though it’s “ok”, it’s not great. So, from now on, if I’m going to paint a piece with latex paint, I’ll ask “the man” to spray it.

20120716-202552.jpg There she is. A big improvement over the Dijon mustard color. (I spray-painted the hardware with Rust-oleum’s silver metallic paint and used Rub ‘n Buff and painters tape to do the silver tape around the base.) Tomorrow, I take a quickie day trip to the gift mart in San Francisco. It is going to be a fun day! Do you ever use latex to paint furniture? Have any secrets you’d care to share? Come on! Cough ’em up!


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  1. Susan Allen on July 16, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    You are so talented! I will call the next time I have a painting dilemma! Love you!

    • Barbara Bussey on July 17, 2012 at 7:15 am

      Ooo! My little sister stopped by! Love you too!

  2. Shirley@housepitalitydesigns on July 17, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Barbara…love the transformation…I have a painted piece similar to the “Dijon Mustard” color…..been contemplating painting it…it does have a very pretty paint faux finish…but I think it is time…time to toss the Grey Poupon…Great job Barb!!!…Love that piece!

    • Barbara Bussey on July 17, 2012 at 7:17 am

      Thanks sweetheart! There’s a time and place for Dijon mustard! (sandwich anyone?) good luck on your piece!

  3. Donnamae on July 17, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Great job on the dresser Barbara! Beautiful! 😉

  4. designchic on July 17, 2012 at 8:20 am

    What a beautiful transformation…love to see all your painted pieces!!

  5. Nasih Brhane on June 7, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Hi, thank you so much in making me want to finally decorate my home how i visioned it. I just came in from doing my first project. I want to paint my daughters small bookshelf in grape purple, so i primed it first. Is it normal to finish a WHOLE can of primer on a small bookshelf or did i go overboard?

    • Barbara Bussey on July 6, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      So sorry for my slow response! Since I don’t know the size of the can or the shelf, it’s really hard to say if you went overboard or not. As long as you don’t have drips or puddles of primer, you’re good to go, once the primer is good and dry. Our chalk based paints only require a good cleaning, as prep, since they have a built-in primer already. Glad you are going with your love for color. It’s your home, so make it your happy place!

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