Grey and White Dresser Makeover and a Giveaway

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.


Home Right Paint Sprayer Review


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?)


Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover- Before


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.


End tables before being painted


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.


MCM 1st coat


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 🙂


MCM white drawers


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.


Grey dresser handles


Ready to be wowed?


MCM white and grey dresser


Totally professional finish and not a brush mark in sight!


left side mcm dresser



Mid Century Modern grey and white dresser



Grey and white dresser



MCM dresser 1


And we can’t forget these little guys.


grey end tables



  • 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.


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MCM pinterest


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.




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  1. We are moving into a new/previously loved house in MO, and I want to paint all the wood trim and make it white. This includes the cabinets too!!!! Hubs is nervous about doing this – but I bet YOU would not hesitate with this cool sprayer.
    Good Luck to all of us!
    P.S. Man, I love the dresser and how you transformed it.

    • Thanks for the videos, Laura! It’s entirely possible that my patience had worn thin trying to keep the boys off the road while I was trying to set up. They were determined to make me crazy that day lol. Looking forward to trying again (and updating everyone) the next time I paint while they’re at daycare.

  2. We are planning to update our kitchen in our new home….a sprayer would be GREAT for that pro look. Maybe I will win the contest :). Just have to say, as pretty as this one is, I love the pink and white dresser redo for the friend’s nursery….beautiful!

  3. The colors compliment each other so nice. Thank you for the tips and tricks part, I have been going back and forth with attempting to use a strayer on a few items.

  4. This gives me courage to try spray painting. I have avoided using a sprayer for several years because of so many bad experiences.

  5. This dresser turned out beautifully!!! What a cool piece, and you really highlighted the beauty with your paint color choices!! I found you on the homeright site, and glad I did! your work is great!!! going to poke around your site some more, now. Oh, and I bet you could totally put that spray tent together, LOL!!!

  6. I used the link to the sprayer and it goes to the Canadian Amazon. Are you in Canada? I was hoping to buy one through your affiliate link, but I will need to use the US .com Amazon.

    • I am in Canada. At least for the next few months. I didn’t realize there was a difference. Thanks for letting me know. Hope you love the sprayer as much as I do.

    • I used an eggshell finish but it came out smooth. I just tried the sprayer this week with a semi-gloss finish and it came out like a professional piece you’d by in a fancy furniture store. Love it.

  7. Wow! Such a difference! Thanks for the review — I’ve been wondering about buying a paint sprayer for a few projects. I’ll have to look into this one! And great tips and tricks! I’m visiting from #shine

  8. I have always painted by hand and have wanted to look into a sprayer, I have heard great things about this baby! I can understand why you want to marry it, the pieces look great. Thanks for sharing your tips, I love that! Cross your fingers that I win, I am! LOL I want to repaint my kitchen cupboards and this would be great to use, much quicker and easier!!! Thanks for the opportunity.

  9. Wow! You did a beautiful job on these pieces! The colors are perfect! I’ve been interested in furniture painting for a while. I’ve never done it. I don’t have a lot of space at the moment. It sure does look like fun though! Anywho, I really enjoyed your post. I am visiting for the first time from the Sunday Blog Hop. Can’t wait to see more projects!


  10. Jenna, this is stunning… green with envy kinda stunning….wow. I’m gonna have to break out the spray painting gear for sure! I totally get that ‘I love this thing so much I want to marry it’. I used to feel that way about my Italian car. That is, until it became the nightmare from hell repairs wise. Now it’s just a very expensive ornament…doesn’t actually drive anywhere. A bit like a very naughty child that you love to the moon and back, but who really needs some time in the corner to contemplate their wrongdoings…! Thanks for sharing this post at Five Star Frugal. Love, Mimi xxx

  11. Oh my gosh…you are amazing! This furniture turned out beautifully and I am thoroughly impressed with your talent! Thanks for linking up with us at Share The Wealth Sunday…I always love to see what you’ve been working on!

  12. Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles today and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Stumbled. Please grab a featured button off my button page or via the post guidelines graphic. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

    BTW~ You do NOT look like a grandma. Seriously! You look fantastic girl!

    • Thanks for the feature, Diana! To be perfectly fair, that picture is from 2009, I think. No little boys to raise yet and I was fresh from the Low Country beaches and all relaxed lol. Now I’m a bit of a hot mess 😉 and way too tired to pose for a new picture

  13. Hey there! Stopping by from the Sunday Blog Hop linky on Thank you so much for linking up! These pieces turned out beautiful! I love mid century looking furniture and find it at the thrift store all the time. I really need to jump in and try a refinishing project. But I’m sure it wouldn’t look as great as yours! Hope to see you again on the next linky 🙂

  14. I’ve never thought about getting a paint sprayer until now. You sure make it look doable and a good, quick refinish would make me get more projects done.

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