Learn how to spray paint indoors without making a mess! Use these simple tips to spray furniture and DIY projects inside without getting paint everywhere!
How to Spray Paint Indoors
Have you ever wanted to spray paint furniture in your house, apartment or basement but were afraid of making a big mess? What if I told you that you could use your HVLP sprayer indoors without getting paint everywhere? You would think I was crazy, right? Well, you can. Using a paint sprayer indoors is possible, and you can do it without making a mess. I’ll show you how!
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I’m in the homestretch of building some tool storage cabinets for my small workshop. First, I used a shelf pin jig to add some adjustable shelves to the cabinets. Then, I built some Shaker cabinet doors to match the other doors I built for my workshop. All that was left was to paint the cabinets and get them hung on the wall.
Priming and painting three cabinets and six doors with a brush would have taken me forever, so instead, I wanted to spray them with my paint sprayer. Painting projects with a paint sprayer is quick and easy. Plus, there are no brush marks so the paint has a smooth factory-like finish.
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What to Do When Painting Outdoors Isn’t an Option?
I like to spray paint my furniture and DIY projects outside, but when my shop cabinets were ready for paint it was about 20 degrees and my yard was covered in snow! I needed to get these cabinets installed so I could start organizing my workshop which meant I was going to have to spray them indoors.
Warmer weather doesn’t always mean we can paint outside either. Rain and wind can ruin a project pretty quick.
Sometimes we just need to get the job done so we have to use our paint sprayer indoors. But there’s something we need to think about when we spray indoors and that’s overspray.
What is Paint Overspray?
When using our paint sprayer there will always be a little overspray. Overspray is paint that sprays past our project and lands on surrounding objects. Overspray can be messy and it can be difficult to remove.
Paint overspray is something we need to think about if we’re using our paint sprayer outdoors or indoors. If we’re spraying outside the overspray can land on houses and cars. And it can drift pretty far if there’s a breeze. If we’re spraying inside the overspray can land on walls, floors, furniture and more.
Can I Spray Paint in my House, Basement, Apartment or Garage?
Yes! We can absolutely use our paint sprayer inside our house, basement, apartment or garage. We just need to do a little planning before we paint.
We’ll need to find an indoor location where we can spray, properly adjust our sprayer and protect any surrounding objects from possible overspray.
How to Spray Paint Indoors Without it Getting Everywhere
- Choose Your Location
- Adjust Your Sprayer to Reduce Overspray
- Prevent Paint from Getting Everywhere with a Spray Shelter
- Protect Floors and Surrounding Objects with Drop Cloths
- Use a Paint Turntable
Step 1. Where Should I Spray Paint Indoors?
The first thing we’ll need to do is choose where we’re going to spray paint. We’ll need a location where we can lay out the pieces we’ll be spraying. And it’s always a good idea to choose a location that’s well ventilated.
For me, that location is my small workshop. Let me show you how I transform my small, mobile workshop into a place where I can spray paint furniture and DIY projects. I’m hoping it will inspire you to think of a location where you can use a sprayer at your place.
Related: My 12×13 Small Woodshop Layout
The first thing I do when I need to use my sprayer indoors is clear some floor space. I start by folding and removing my workbench. Then, I roll my table saw out of the way. This leaves me with plenty of floor space to set up for spraying my projects.
Related: How to Make a Folding Workbench
Step 2. Adjust Your Sprayer to Reduce Overspray
My go-to paint sprayer is my HVLP HomeRight Super Finish Max. It’s easy to use, easy to clean and it’s been a huge timesaver for me.
For some expert advice about spraying indoors with the Super Finish Max, I turned to my friends Laura and Makayla at HomeRight.
Makayla’s biggest suggestion for us is to “dial in your paint sprayer.” She said this will “help reduce overspray and ensure you aren’t outputting too much paint.” She went on to say “the Super Finish Max doesn’t produce a lot of overspray, to begin with, unlike other sprayers which might leave you with a big mess.”
A while back Laura and Makayla also gave me some great tips to avoid an orange peel texture when using a paint sprayer. Orange peel is the bumpy texture that can sometimes appear on the surface of our projects when using a sprayer. Outputting too much paint can cause overspray and it can create an orange peel texture.
💡 TIP: To avoid applying too much paint Makayla says “A quick adjustment of the volume control knob will work wonders!”
How do you know if you’re applying too much paint? Skate over to 7 Ways to Prevent Orange Peel Texture and I’ll share with you how much paint we want to apply and how to adjust the sprayer so we’re outputting the right amount of paint.
Step 3. Use a Spray Shelter to Avoid a Big Mess
One of the best ways we can control overspray and avoid making a big mess is with a paint overspray shield or spray shelter. A spray shelter lets us paint our projects year round no matter what the weather is outside. And it means we can spray indoors without paint getting everywhere.
The spray shelter can also be used outdoors when the weather is good. Using the shelter outside protects surrounding objects like homes and cars from overspray. And it prevents dust and debris from landing on our project while it’s drying.
If you’ve ever gone camping in a dome tent, you’ll be familiar with the construction of the large spray shelter. There are two shock-corded poles that attach to the shelter with clips. All we have to do is lay the shelter on the floor and insert the poles. It’s a quick and easy way to protect our walls from getting messy with paint.
Spray shelters are available in several sizes depending on the size of our projects. For spraying my workshop cabinets I used the large spray shelter. For spraying Shaker cabinet doors I used the medium spray shelter.
Step 4. Drop Cloths Protect From Overspray
A tarp or drop cloth protects our floors from overspray. In the past, I’ve used a plastic tarp to protect the floor, but recently I switched to a canvas drop cloth.
The plastic tarp got a little messy after a few paint projects. The dried paint chipped off of the tarp as I folded it for storage. Then those paint chips would blow onto my project the next time I used the sprayer.
I’ve found paint doesn’t chip off of the canvas drop cloth. Plus, I can clean the canvas drop cloth in my washing machine. (I can’t be the only one who washes their drop cloths, right?!)
I also drape canvas drop cloths over any objects in the front of the spray shelter. Sometimes a project is too large to move and I may need to aim the sprayer towards the front of the shelter which means there will be some overspray. The drop cloths will project those objects.
Step 5. Use a Paint Turntable
A paint turntable is like a lazy susan for our paint projects. The turntable allows us to spin our project so we can reach all surfaces with our paint sprayer. And it allows us to always aim the sprayer into the spray shelter which prevents getting paint from landing on surrounding objects.
Related: How to Make a Spray Paint Turntable
How to Get a Smooth as Glass Paint Finish
We all want our spray painted furniture and DIY projects to be as smooth as glass right?! Skate over to 7 Ways to Prevent an Orange Peel for simple tips to get a smooth paint finish.
Using a paint sprayer indoors doesn’t have to be messy. First, choose a well ventilated indoor location. Properly adjust your sprayer. Outputting too much paint can produce overspray. Use a spray shelter to prevent paint from getting everywhere. Protect surrounding objects with drop cloths. Use a paint turntable to be sure you’re always spraying into the spray shelter.
Thank you for stopping by. If you found this information helpful, would you please pin it to Pinterest? Other DIYers would appreciate it and I would too! Thank you – Scott
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