Spraying Old Bedside Tables

Spraying Old Bedside Tables

Bored with your old bedside tables? Want a more modern look? Well before you think about donating them to charity why not give them a whole new look with a fresh coat of paint? Spraying your indoor furniture is quick and easy and can even be fun!

Preparing bedside units for spraying

  • Lay out a large drop cloth and ensure you have enough space to sit the unit/s and individual drawers out.
  • Take the drawers out of the unit/s and remove the drawer and door handles.
  • Remove any grease or dirt by wiping down the surface.
  • Using medium-fine sand paper, lightly sand the existing varnish to a smooth finish (either by hand or with an electric hand sander). 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.
  • Fill any holes or imperfections with wood filler. In this case we filled the 3 holes left from the existing draw handles to make way for new knobs.




  • Begin by choosing a model from the Wagner FineSprayer range (product recommendations below). For this project we used the FLEXiO 585 with the Perfect Spray attachment (which has since been replaced by the Flexio 590). 
  • 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 bedside units (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 Sprayer using the enclosed funnel
  • Using the fluid control dial on the back of the trigger, wind out to minimum 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.
  • Do some test spraying on old cardboard or newspaper to get the feel of the gun and to check your spray pattern.
  • 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, legs and top of units as well as the drawers.

TIP - you will get much better results by applying a few light, thin coats than by trying to achieve a finished result in one thick coat.



  • Once the project is completed, it is important to follow the simple cleaning instructions of the 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!



Check out the Flexio sprayer in action on our YouTube channel here.

Product Recommendations

Flexio 590

The FLEXiO 590 is the perfect all-rounder for indoor and outdoor projects around the house & garden. view

Canvas Drop Cloth - Heavy Duty

Keep your furniture, floors or garden protected while carrying out your painting project. Wagner has a range of drop cloths in a variety of sizes. A must for any DIY painting project. view