Lacquered Furniture Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

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Who doesn’t love a quick makeover?  A bad piece of furniture + a couple cans of spray paint = problem solved.  Nothing easier or cheaper than that.  And what if I told you that the gorgeous shiny high gloss lacquer finish that used to only be achieved by auto shops now comes in the form of a spray can.  Would I be your faaavorite person in the whole world???  Ok…maybe I’m taking it a little too far…but that is one heck of a shiny smooth finish, right?


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  Let me introduce you to this rock star in a can.


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This furniture lacquer is made by Amy Howard at Home and comes in 14 fun colors.  It took my bamboo side table from this…


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to this with very little prep work.


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I did sand the top of the table since it was in pretty bad shape.  They also recommend using a liquid deglosser prior to spraying, which I applied before I primed the piece.  I used a primer because the piece was so grainy  on the top which I did not want to see.


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No more grainy finish in sight…only smooth, glossy and sleek.  I’m loving the pop of color next to all of our neutrals in our bedroom, too.


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One can of paint almost got me two complete coats on this table…in the end, I used about 1.5 cans.  The coverage is wonderful and the application is a little bit different than traditional spray paints.   There is definitely a rhyme and reason to this high performance lacquer.  Here are some tips to get the best finish.

  • Sand any rough surfaces with 400 grit sandpaper, making sure to thoroughly wipe up any leftover dust or residue
  • Degrease the piece of furniture using a liquid deglosser
  • Apply primer and sand with 400 grit sandpaper in between coats to keep a smooth surface
  • Use a tack cloth to remove all residue and dust from sanding.
  • Shake the lacquer can for 1-2 minutes after hearing the agitator ball inside the can before using.
  • Hold the can approximately 8” from the surface to be sprayed.  Spray smoothly and slowly from side to side starting from the front of the piece and moving towards the back.  *Make sure the spray path is moving away from you.  This eliminates overspray.
  • Do not move the spray motion too fast.  This will prevent the lacquer from settling and will result in more overspray than lacquer. Overspray will cause a rough flat surface.



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There you go…it doesn’t get any better than lacquer in a spray can!  Good luck with your own projects and I hope you will give this stuff a try. 😉


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I was given 1 can of High Performance Furniture Lacquer.  All opinions are 100% mine.