Do you have an old chest of drawers that could do with a facelift? Before you think about donating it to charity or putting it out for the hard rubbish collection, why not liven it up with a fresh coat of paint? Spraying your indoor furniture is a quick and easy way to brighten up a room.

Preparing drawers for spraying

  • Remove any grease or dirt by wiping down the surface.
  • Using medium-fine sand paper, lightly sand the existing paint or varnish to a smooth finish. If there is an existing glossy finish, sand the gloss back to a dull finish.
  • Wipe down the sanded surface with a soft cloth to remove any dust.
  • Remove drawers from unit and remove drawer handles.
  • Lay out a large drop cloth and ensure you have enough space to sit the chest and the individual drawers out.



  • Begin by choosing a model from the Wagner FineSprayer range (product recommendations below).
  • Select your paint colour and type of paint to be used. Semi-gloss to full gloss enamels are ideal for indoor furniture.
  • Select a premium paint that is suitable for your drawers (refer to your local paint supplier). Depending on the existing colour of the furniture and the new colour you have chosen, you may need to spray a two coats.
  • Fill the pot of your FineSprayer using the enclosed funnel, and check  the paint viscosity using the supplied test cup/measure.
  • Using the fluid control dial on the back of the trigger, wind out to mimimum spray.
  • Adjust the nozzle to the desired spray pattern (horizontal fan, vertical fan or round jet), for this project it is recommended to use the vertical or horizontal setting.
  • Following the length/grain of the item, sweep the gun from left to right, pulling the trigger at the first edge of the timber. Once you reach the end of that piece release the trigger but continue the sweeping motion of the gun past the edge. Repeat this process, overlapping the painted surface by approximately 50% on each pass. It is important to begin and end the sweeping motion of the gun past the surface; pulling the trigger at the first surface edge and releasing the trigger just past the other edge. This will prevent any heavy paint build up at the edges.
  • Follow the same process for all sides, drawers and top of unit.
  • TIP - you will get much better results by applying a few light, thin coats than by trying to achive a finished result in one thick coat.


  • Once the project is completed, it is important to follow the simple cleaning instructions of the Fine sprayer to ensure maximum performance of the unit for your next project. For water based products, simply unclick the spray attachment, wash the container and spray attachment in warm soapy water. For oil based products, pour some turps into the paint container, connect it back up to the gun, give it a good shake and spray it out until it’s clear. Fast and easy!

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Product Recommendations

W670 FineSprayer

The newest in the FineSprayer range, the W670 is perfect for spraying furniture and other woodwork around the home. view

W610 FineSprayer

A mid-range FineSprayer ideal for medium sized projects including trims and furniture. view

W550 FineSprayer

A hand-held, entry level FineSprayer. Ideal for smaller projects. view