How to Spatter Paint Wooden Furniture


Spatter painting is a quick and simple way to create a unique look on a wall or furniture. Easy to do with children, spatter painting can be a fun way to liven up your old wooden furniture, or give your child's furniture a personalized touch. Use one color to match a room's theme, or many colors to make the furniture really stand out. Follow these tips to find out how.

Things You'll Need

  • Large wide paintbrushes
  • Paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Varnish or sealer
  • Tarp or old sheets
  • Goggles
  • Scrub brush
  • Hot soapy water
  • Protect the area. Spatter painting can get very messy, so make sure you cover up anything you don't want to get paint on. This includes plants, windows, other furniture, floors and even ceilings and light fixtures. Spatter painting is best done outside.

  • Protect yourself. You will almost certainly get paint in your hair and on your clothes unless you are careful. Cover as much as yourself as possible, and protect your eyes by wearing plastic or glass goggles.

  • Clean the wood furniture. Use a scrub brush and hot, soapy water to thoroughly clean the furniture of any dust, cobwebs or dirt. Rinse with a hose.

  • Sand the furniture. If the wood is finished, you will need to sand the finish off in order for the paint to stick. Use a medium-grain sandpaper and a sander if you have one. If not, just lightly do it by hand. If the wood is unfinished, you can skip this step.

  • Spatter paint the furniture. Dip your brush into the paint, wipe off the excess paint on the edge of the can and fling the paint at the furniture with a quick flip of the wrist. The closer you are to the furniture, the larger the paint "spatters" will be. If you are using more than one color, wait for the first layer of "spatters" to dry before adding another. Alternately, pull the bristles of your paintbrush back and let the paint fly at the furniture as you release the bristles.

  • Let the paint dry, then cover the furniture with a layer of protective varnish. This is easiest done by using a can of spray varnish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice getting your spatters just right on a piece of cardboard first. To make the paint spatter better, mix two parts of paint with one part water.

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