Painting furniture is one of my favorite things to do but when I started doing custom pieces for clients, I wanted a more professional finish so I took a leap of faith and looked into a paint sprayer. After careful consideration (read agonizing indecision) I settled on a HomeRight Paint Sprayer on Amazon. I bought this one based on the reviews and the fact that it was well priced. It took me a few weeks to build up the nerve to try it. I was afraid that it would be hard to use or hard to clean up or, worse, that I’d somehow mess it up. I know. Nuts, right? But once I did figure it out, I went to town. So when HomeRight asked me to review their Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer, I was in.
To be completely fair to our readers, I wanted to try it out on a few pieces and with different paints and finishes before I wrote about it. If I don’t like something, I don’t write about it. Or I write and complain loudly. But, I’ve done about six pieces so far and I’m loving it. It’s so fast and easy that I sometimes do two or three pieces at a time.
Today I’m sharing this little Mid-Century Modern dresser makeover. Here’s what we started with….a lovely plastic type veneer that looks like wood over solid wood. (Why?)
This was a custom order from a client who wanted something grey and white to use as a media center. She also wanted me to paint some end tables along with the dresser.
I used Benjamin Moore’s Dior Grey on the exterior and my favorite Snowfall White (also Benjamin Moore) on the drawers. The Dior Grey was also used on the end tables.
Because the dresser had a plastic type veneer coating, I gave it a good sanding to scuff it up before priming it. I did the priming by hand because it was around 90 degrees and ridiculously humid. The sprayer works best when it less than 90 degrees and not so humid. How do I know this? Because I painted another piece in the blazing hot sun on a humid day and this is what happened. Looked like stucco. It was an easy fix with some light sanding but save yourself the time and trouble.
Once the pieces were primed I strained the paint (because it was over a year old) and then diluted it according to the directions. The sprayer comes with a little plastic cup (they call it a viscosity cup) that helps determine if your paint needs to be diluted with water. I usually dilute the paint about 10% with water as per directions from my paint guy at Sherwin Williams and the cup experiment. For the math challenged (like me) that means if I fill the paint cup with 500ml of paint, I add 50 ml of water and mix well. That equals out to be about 3tbsp and 1 tsp of water. This time, I added 4 tbsp (1/4 cup) of water and it worked perfectly. (Scroll to the bottom for more tips and tricks.)
Here’s the dresser after the first coat of grey paint. You can see the white drawers in the background. They had already been sprayed with the white along with another dresser I was working on. (Told you….three projects at once!…Why I love this sprayer!) I don’t have any actual pictures of me using the sprayer because I live alone with two little boys who can’t be trusted to hold a camera. Or take pictures. Or not get in the way of a sprayer.
I only needed two coats of the grey and the white and it was ready for the top coat. I didn’t clean the sprayer between coats since the first coat was dry to touch within 10 minutes. Fast and easy 🙂
I used a polyacrylic in the sprayer for the topcoat which doesn’t require diluting. One coat is usually all that’s necessary and I’ve never needed to sand like I do when I’m applying the top coat by brush.
The end table handles got some white semi-gloss spray paint and the dresser handles were spray painted with Rustoleum’s grey spray paint which is a couple of shades darker than the exterior and made a nice contrast.
Ready to be wowed?
Totally professional finish and not a brush mark in sight!
And we can’t forget these little guys.
TIPS AND TRICKS
- Always strain old paint to avoid the sprayer from clumping.
- Use the viscosity cup to determine if the paint requires diluting according to the manufacturers directions. Always. I’ve tried eye-balling it and I’ve been wrong.
- Don’t use the sprayer in temperatures over 90 degrees or when extremely humid. The paint will come out clumpy and have a stucco like finish.
- The painter has an over spray. Protect your garage walls and floors. HomeRight does have a spray tent that looks terrific. In fact, they sent me one to try which is pretty cool. What wasn’t cool was that I couldn’t put it together on my own (single parent here) so I wasn’t able to use it. Boo.
- Before using the sprayer, test on a board or cardboard until you get comfortable with how it sprays. It’s easier to make mistakes on cardboard than on something you actually care about.
- Spray side to side without bending your wrist at the end. Keep the sprayer between 10 and 12 inches from the piece for even spraying. Multiple thin coats are better than one thick coat which can lead to drips.
- Clean the sprayer immediately after using and don’t let paint sit for longer than 30 minutes or it can clog the nozzle. The paint dries really fast which means I don’t clean between coats. I keep a few wet q-tip handy to wipe the nozzle between coats. I was worried it would be a pain to clean…it’s not.
Bottom line? I love it. Like might have to marry it…love it that much.
And HomeRight is so darn awesome that they’ve offered to provide one of these fabulous paint sprayers to one of you lucky readers. Just enter below. The give away runs from September 8 closes on October 1, 2015 and I’ll announce the winner in our September Review.
This is a sponsored post by HomeRight who have also provided the giveaway prize. All opinions are, as always, my own. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t write about it. Affiliate links have been included for your convenience.