The easiest way to paint outdoor furniture: how to use a paint sprayer

furniture redo before

With summer winding down a lot of people are finishing up their outdoor projects. However, a lot of you have been on lock down inside because it is too hot. Just now peeking outside and looking forward to the next few months with it’s endless outdoor fun, without sweating profusely. This project is one that anyone can do, seriously! The easiest way to paint outdoor furniture: how to use a paint sprayer. I love redoing furniture, and getting to paint it without spending a ton of time is ah-mazing!

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Redoing furniture is not a strictly summer project, or even an outdoor furniture one. I was fortunate enough to get to use a new painting tool for this project. I got to use Homerights  paint sprayer! I am one of those woman that scoff at tools being for men. Give me the power tools, the paint sprayers, the mitre saws and plethora of wood pallets. I want them all! But, I will leave the spider killing to my husband Dale, I draw the line there in my “manliness”.


I worked on the front exterior of my home for a curb appeal challengeI did a ton of smaller projects to completely transform the front of my home. These tired and sad looking chairs and bench were immediately on my to-do list.


The first step when repainting furniture is to sand down any existing paint. You do not need to remove it all, unless the paint color is super dark. But get rid of any loose paint or chipped edges.



Then, here comes the fun and easy part of this project. Homeright has a spray shelter that is massive. My kids were very excited when they saw this put up, assuming we were going to be camping. That is how big this is, which is awesome because it means that large furniture pieces can fit in here.


I am using the Finish Max fine finish sprayer. This one is great for furniture redo’s and other similar projects. Each sprayer has a different use, so be sure to do your research before you purchase one. To use it was sooooo easy. I filled the paint into it (a turquoise color).


Aimed the sprayer.


And was amazed with how much I was able to cover with paint.


What would normally take me about 30 minutes to get one coat of paint, took me maybe 10 minutes. The best tip I can give with using a paint sprayer is to keep your movement even. Not too close to the furniture piece. Keep your hand steady and constantly moving otherwise you will get a lot of paint in one area.



The rocking chairs went through their coats just as quickly. I was blown away with the speed of this project!

outdoor rocking chair

I ended up doing two coats on each piece of furniture. It covered them beautifully!

teal furniture

I put some new outdoor cushions and pillows on o really have these furniture pieces work for my outdoor space.


mixing teal and navy blue

That blue!!! There is a reason turquoise is my absolute favorite pop of color, it is perfection.

front porch with rockers


Just as a reminder, this is what they looked like before. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the yellow. But it was time for an update to them.

front porch seating

I feel like they fit in with my home and it’s existing aesthetic so much more now. My home is a coastal decor lovers dream and these chairs fit right in. Let’s just pretend this view is one of an ocean or sandy dune and we will be good to go.

house with black shutters

Was I right?  This is  the easiest way to paint outdoor furniture: how to use a paint sprayer. I only have one regret…. not using a paint sprayer sooner! I think of all of the furniture redos I have done, and have patiently painted them all with a roller or paintbrush. I am giddy with what can be done now with my time. Really I am just planning all of the other furniture redo’s cabinet painting, room painting and more I can get done now! This is the proof I am DIY for life, I find an easier way of doing something and I am determined to do even more of it. Time to go thrift store shopping!

painted furniture before and after


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62 Comment

  1. I love how you broke this down and made it look so easy! I seriously need to do this soon. I’ve got some outside furniture that’s seen better days. 😉

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! I am happy you found this helpful!

  2. this has always been so intimidating to me! I have really avoided painting several things but may give it a try now 🙂

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Do it! 🙂 Painting furniture is not scary or difficult, either by using a paint sprayer or doing it by hand. The worst thing that happens is you might mess up and have to paint it again. You got this!

  3. Sara says: Reply

    This is cool!!! Furniture is a pain to paint! Yuck. How easy!?! Love that spray shelter too! They look great!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      This is so easy to do with the sprayer, love it!

  4. Kati says: Reply

    I love the new color you put on your chairs. So great and I love my paint strayer, makes life so much easier!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much! The paint sprayer is a game changer for me!

  5. Ooh, you just gave me a great idea for a Christmas gift for my sister! She LOVES repainting furniture and she does not have a sprayer! 🙂 Awesome!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Oh, this would be THE BEST gift for someone who paints furniture. You win sister of the year award for this gift! 🙂

  6. What a great makeover. I like that shade of blue adn those pillows are cute.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! I love having pops of turquoise in my home!

  7. Kasey says: Reply

    Such a great color for outdoor seating! They really look great!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  8. I watched a presentation on these paint sprayers at Haven, and I was impressed. As much as I paint, I need to get one of these. Love the chairs!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      These sprayers are awesome! You need one for sure Roxanne! I have no clue why I did not use one sooner, such a time saver.

  9. Wow, a spray shelter is such a great tip! I’ve never thought to do that, but it’s brilliant!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      The spray shelter is amazing! I was just told by HomeRight they have a smaller one too!

  10. I like the color that you picked for the chairs!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  11. Are paint sprayers real expensive? I know my wife would love to have one of these. She is always doing outdoor and indoor projects. Let me know and thanks!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      This would be awesome for your wife to have! They have a wide range of pricing depending on which kind you want. But typically the prices start at $7o.

  12. I have always wondered how easy one of this sprayers would be – and wow, that blue looks so good on your chairs. Much better 😉

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! I like the chairs a lot more now too! These paint sprayers make the job so quick and easy now.

  13. Beautiful color choice! Good tip on how you protected everything else from the paint. I have some painting projects later this year.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  14. Renz says: Reply

    Seriously made this seem easy. Your porch area is gorgeous

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Painting with the paint sprayer is super easy!

  15. I need one of these so bad! Makes it much easier.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      You would love it!

  16. I just got a paint sprayer now I need the tent! Great tips!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      The spray shelter is awesome Michelle! Have fun with your paint sprayer.

  17. This is something I’ve never tackled personally, but I’m LOVING that pop of color you chose for your project!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks so much!

  18. Nicole Escat says: Reply

    Oh, this is very inspiring. I haven’t tried painting a furniture before.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks! I am so happy you enjoyed seeing this!

  19. This is great! The struggle is real for me with spray painting. Thanks for the tips!!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Yay! Happy you found this helpful!

  20. bonbon says: Reply

    Furniture really looks nice. I have been wondering about using a spray paint, thanks for sharing this information

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! Painting them this way saved soooo much time!

  21. Rachel says: Reply

    Great tips and I love the spray shelter!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      The spray shelter is awesome to have!

  22. Those turned out so well! I love the little spray painting tent you have set up- very smart! 🙂

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks! The spray paint tent is awesome!

  23. I love this color! I love to use pops of turquoise in my house too! I really need to get a paint sprayer…I should try this one!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Turquoise is my favorite pop of color in my home!

  24. These are some great tips/steps for painting furniture!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Spraying the furniture is such an easy way to redo furniture!

  25. Love repurposed furniture with such vibrant colors!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Me too!

  26. I need a paint sprayer SO BAD! This looks so easy! Pinning.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      You do need one April! It is such a time saver!

  27. Love the new color, it’s perfect for you! And so funny, I’m panning to use a sprayer to paint outdoor rockers in the next couple of weeks!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Awesome! You will love how simple and easy it is to do Meg!

  28. It’s amazing how a new coat of paint can completely transform a piece. Your chairs look awesome!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  29. Alli says: Reply

    I absolutely love this and it turned out so amazingly beautiful!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  30. The transformation looks so neat and effortless. You guys did such an awesome job with it – the chairs look Fab!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! Painting the furniture this way is super easy!

  31. I LOVE my Home Right paint sprayer! It makes projects so much easier! Great job!

    1. Emily says: Reply


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