Do You like to Paint Spindles?
Do you hate to paint spindles? If you answer NO to this question, then we can be friends! The worst part of painting chairs are the spindles. If they don’t have spindles, then they aren’t too bad. So when my customer told me that her husband wanted his grandmother’s rocking chair painted, I cringed just for a second. When he told me that he wanted it distressed black it made it all ok, since black distressed is my all time favorite.
- Wagner Flexio Paint Sprayer
The Before – Unfinished Vintage Rocking Chair
The rocking chair is solid wood with an abundance of spindles and an old floral design on the top. Like always, the first step is to prep by sanding and cleaning the entire surface. Next, the rocker is flipped over and the underside painted with a black chalk type paint.
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Once the underside was finished I broke out my paint sprayer. I actually own three different sprayers but only use them for spindles, bookcases and the inside of drawers. Click here for more paint sprayer projects and tutorials: Paint sprayer
The Wagner Flexio
After using the sprayer to paint spindles, seat and arms I left it to dry while I cleaned up. Once cleaned up I went back and sanded the entire surface before hand painting the second coat. To be honest, the sprayer really is a time saver because hand painting the second coat took at least three times the amount of time.The entire rocking chair was also distressed, which always looks beautiful with matte black paint.
Ebony protective glaze and matte protective finish were both used to seal the rocking chair for protection.
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The Result – Painting Spindles with a Paint Sprayer
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