How to Use a Paint Sprayer to Restore Old Furniture

Article Posted By: Kim Wilson

How to Use a Paint Sprayer to Restore Old Furniture

Painting old wooden furniture can be very gratifying, but also a pain. It can be especially difficult to get good results painting wicker pieces. If you know how to use a paint sprayer, though, you can get professional results and save a lot of time.

DIY expert Kim Wilson shows us how she used a paint sprayer in a project to restore old porch furniture that had succumbed to the weather.

Giving Old Porch Furniture a Second Life

Mom’s porch furniture had seen many years, endured the hot and humid conditions of the Virginia coast, and sadly, was in pretty bad shape. It was time to give the porch furniture a little well deserved T.L.C.

How to Use a Paint Sprayer to Restore Old Furniture

If you have wood rockers or chairs or wicker furniture then you are well aware that they can quickly succumb to the elements. Mom’s furniture had cracked and peeling paint, some wood rot, and the wicker table was simply a hot mess.

How to Use a Paint Sprayer to Restore Old Furniture

How to Use a Paint Sprayer to Restore Old Furniture

Hand painting patio furniture is very time consuming and laborious. It’s so much easier and faster to rent a paint sprayer. You’ll get a professional-looking finish, even in tight places, and if you want to paint wicker, it’s definitely the best way to go.

I rented my paint sprayer from The Home Depot.

Home Depot Tool Rental Center

We love our local Home Depot store’s Tool Rental Department. We have rented several tools over the years from them.

Home Depot provides an abundance of power tools that you can rent in some cases by the hour, the day, or the week. The helpful and friendly Home Depot associates will recommend the right tool for your job, and they’ll show you how to use the equipment.

The most recent tool we rented was a pneumatic floor nailer when we installed gorgeous new hard wood flooring in our home. This trip to Home Depot though was for their 20-volt cordless paint sprayer, which you can find online on the Paint Rental Equipment page. No cords or hoses are necessary with this powerful cordless sprayer!

20-volt Cordless Paint Sprayer

How to Use a Paint Sprayer to Restore Old Furniture

Tools and Materials


Step 1

Use a wire brush to remove flaking, chipping, and peeling paint.

Use a wire brush to remove flaking, chipping, and peeling paint.


Step 2

Sand the chipped and peeling surfaces with an electric sander using a 100 grit sand paper. This will quickly smooth the chipped and rough surfaces.

Sand the chipped and peeling surfaces with an electric sander using a 100 grit sand paper.


Step 3

Use wood filler if needed in any damaged areas. Lightly sand after wood filler is dry.


Step 4

Apply primer with a brush to all areas that have exposed bare wood and allow to dry. Then go over all the primed areas with the fine grit sanding block to smooth any primer texture.

Apply primer with a brush to all areas that have exposed bare wood


Step 5 

Time to prepare the cordless paint sprayer. You can use either semi-gloss or gloss latex paint. I prefer using semi-gloss.

The paint sprayer is easy to set up. You simply unscrew the paint compartment and pour in your choice of paint. Then you mix in a small amount of water. Follow the directions on the back of the paint can for the proper amount of water to mix in.

Next you screw it back onto the sprayer and start the spraying process.

Prepare the cordless paint sprayer.


It doesn’t take long to learn how to use a paint sprayer, but for spraying smoother pieces of furniture, it takes a bit of practice. I recommend practicing on a sheet of scrap plywood first. Use water to practice with, then practice with paint.

It is better to apply several light coats versus heavier coats that the wicker can’t handle. You want to avoid dripping, so being patient is key if you want to get a professional looking result.

Painting a wicker table with a spray painter

Using a spray painter to paint a wooden rocking chair

Patience and hard work pays off! We have breathed new life into these pieces. Just look at how gorgeous the furniture looks now! Even mom’s grand-doggies are enjoying the “new” porch furniture! And to think, these rockers and table might have ended up on the curb for the trash man!

How to Use a Paint Sprayer to Restore Old Furniture

How to Use a Paint Sprayer to Restore Old Furniture

How to Use a Paint Sprayer to Restore Old Furniture

So before you give up on your old and worn porch furniture, give The Home Depot’s Tool Rental Department and paint sprayer a try!

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