I have had this little end table beside my bed for quite some time now. Since the day I purchased it, I have loved the style, but not the color or the rough-textured finish. I always had the notion that some day I would change it, but never had the time or energy to paint all those little divots in the finish! So when I was offered the opportunity through the Fab Furniture Flipping Contest to Spray It Pretty
to try the HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer, this was the project that immediately popped into my head!
- Received the sprayer,
- opened the manual and read it in its entirety. YOU NEED TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS.
- They may seem wordy and somewhat complicated, but once you follow the steps, you will be happy that you did.
- Set up a mock spray tent in the basement with a large plastic tarp and some duct tape. I had no idea how far the spray would splatter, so I encircled the table and left an opening in the front.
- Grabbed a mask (these are from the dollar store. Best $$ you’ll ever spend!) and donned my safety glasses.
- Chose this pretty Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Serenity Blue. I figured if it was going to be next to my pillow, it should be serene.
- Filled the sprayer according to the instructions. I did not need to check the thickness of this particular paint, because it was pretty thin by chalk paint standards. But they show you how to do that in the instruction manual-if its too thick, it won’t spray.
- Tested the sprayer on a piece of cardboard (per the instructions). Note the cloudy, soft edge. This prevents that striped look you often get with spray paint cans.
- Tested one drawer- it took- I don’t know- 30 seconds!? Woo Hoo! Off and painting. So easy, just pull the trigger and move back and forth over the piece until it is completely covered. All those crevices filled with paint in an instant. If I saw a spot that wasn’t quite dark enough, I went back over it until the entire table was finished with an even coat of paint. And, unlike an aerosol spray paint, there was no “paint cloud” and no odor! The paint didn’t go on any surface that I wasn’t spraying directly. And NO DRIPS!! This thing is magical!
- I could not remove the knobs, they were somehow attached with whatever that texture paint was. But I wanted some sort of contrast, so I added some Martha Stewart Metallic Pearl paint to the knobs.
- Cleaning time! This is super important! If you don’t pull it apart per the manual and clean out all of the pieces, the paint will dry inside and render the sprayer useless. So, I used warm soapy water and cleaned each piece. By the time I was done, the table was dry!
- Once the piece was dry, I decided to add a stencil to the top with the same metallic paint I used for the knobs.
- The piece is done and back in its spot. Took an hour, tops to do the entire thing. I can’t wait til the weather warms up so I can start using it outside- so many pieces to paint- this is going to be fun! Many thanks to the HomeRight Company, who make all sorts of great products for the DIY enthusiast, and to the Fab Furniture Flipping Contest for providing the tools I needed to make this project a reality! Hope you are having a great day everyone. xoxo Susan