How I Paint

I take a lot of pride in my ever progressing art of painting and restoring furniture.  I officially started painting a little over a year ago when we moved into our new home and we were in desperate need of furniture.  I borrowed a paint sprayer from my uncle and the rest is history.  Prior to this, I have hand painted pieces from time to time, which works well, but doesn’t give the amazingly flawless coverage of a paint sprayer.  Once I saw the possibilities, I was hooked.  Steps and products that I use I listed below:


  • Using an electric sander, along with hand sanding, I remove any scratches, dings, and imperfections.  I usually use 220 grit sand back, but will go coarser as necessary.  At this point, I can fully see what areas may need wood fill or extra attention.
    • Drawer Rails – often these are loose or are falling off altogether, so I work to repair as necessary.  I often need to re-glue and add additional screws to properly secure the metal rails back in place.
  • If I had to use any wood fill, I will come back and sand a second time, using a 220 grit sand paper.
  • At this point in order to remove all dust, I use TSP All Purpose Heavy Duty Cleaner diluted in water and give the piece a good washing.
  • Lastly, I spray on two layers of Kilz Primer (sanding in between each layer using a 220 grit sand paper).


  • Using Benjamin Moore Paint (this is my preferred paint brand, as I have tried many others and like the way this brand works consistently) I spray 3-4 coats of paints.
  • I sand or use steel wool between each layer of paint to ensure all imperfections are removed and to give it that professional smooth finish.

These are the basic steps I take to complete my pieces.  I am really proud of the quality pieces I produce.  I enjoy this process, as I continue to learn new tricks each and everyday.  You can check out my posts to learn more about those!