My friend Val (who blogs at Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids) asked me recently whether she should use spray paint or “brush paint” on her dining chairs.
Here’s the simple answer:
I love spray paint for “spindly” things, or things that have a kazillion surfaces. Like chairs. And table legs.
I love brushing paint on flat surfaces. Like dressers. And bookshelves.
^Spray painted the base of this table.
Plus, it drips. And drips. And drips again. And there are so many surfaces and corners that it seems impossible to catch all the drips.
I just really, really, really dislike “brush-painting” chairs. Like this one. As I was painting this, I was swearing and mumbling, “I hate painting chairs. I hate painting chairs. I hate painting chairs.” I think you get the picture.
^Should have spray painted that chair. And that blue table. But it was my favorite kind of brush paint, so I guess it’s okay.
The only time I would consider spray painting a dresser or buffet is if it had really ornate carvings or details. Then spray paint might be best. But even then, I would probably do a combination. Spray paint the ornate parts and then brush on the same (or contrasting) color on the flat parts.
Why don’t I spray paint flat surfaces? I’ve found that it is really hard to get an even finish. It seems like you can always see glossier spots with spray paint (especially with glossy spray paint!)
^Brush paint, and nevermind the brushstrokes on this set! They add character!
^Spray paint the end table. Brush paint the coffee table.
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