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.
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.
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).
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.
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!