**UPDATE: GIVEAWAY CLOSED**
Hey ya’ll! This is a sponsored post. HomeRight provided me with the HomeRight Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer and payment in exchange for my review of said product! Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to achieve a smooth modern finish to a painted piece of furniture, in case you love that undistressed look!
Gorgeous table right?
This is in a client (and friend)’s home, and is a table where I refinished the top a couple weeks ago. She is a lover of modern/contemporary design and decor and had this PB table for a couple years. Well, for the past year, the top was causing her issues. It was turning BLUE whenever it got anything wet on it, and then disappeared when it dried. Additionally, when she moved here a little over a year ago, the movers had nicked the table up a bit, so she asked me if I would refinish just the top.
First thing I did was completely strip the paint on the top and sides, down to the bare wood. I found that the table top had been refinished before and I’m assuming they used a poor-quality water-based top coat, that after time was turning blue whenever water penetrated the finish (all the time). I then sanded it with a fine grit sand-paper to smooth down any water damaged puffy-spots, and to have a completely smooth surface to paint.
This is VERY important, as any black shiny surface is going to accentuate imperfections, so you want to get it as smooth as possible. For a very black modern look, I chose to paint it with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint. I painted 4 coats with my HomeRight Finish Max Pro paint sprayer, sanding lightly between each coat. After 2 coats there was adequate coverage, but I wanted to make sure the surface was very smooth, so if a fuzzy or something dried into the paint, I needed to sand and put on another coat.
I knew, for durability’s sake, I needed to use an oil-based top coat, and the issue of yellowing on lighter colors wouldn’t matter since I used it on top of black paint. I used 3 coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly in Satin. I’ve used this before on my son’s navy bookcase, and it is SO durable with their baskets and bins of toys. I knew this would be a great top coat for this table. I also have Minwax Wipe-On Poly on my dining table and I LOVE it. So durable.
My friend has a beautiful home, doesn’t she? I took these pictures a couple weeks ago and that oak banister/railing has already been painted white! She told me she was sick of it (plus it really doesn’t go with her aesthetic) and I knew my uncle, who is a painter, would be perfect for the job! It took several days and lots of coats, but this view is even prettier now!
So, are you ready to learn how to use this AWESOME paint sprayer that DOESN’T need a compressor?
This HomeRight Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer comes with 2 paint reservoirs with lids, a long (15′) hose, a nozzle that can adjust for horizontal or vertical spraying, a regulated spray pattern (1″-6″) that you can adjust and decide (that means less overspray), and is ideal for large pieces of furniture and cabinets. Not to mention it retails for $125, so the fact you don’t need a compressor, it is a fantastic deal.
It is also one of the easiest things to use. I’ve used this with latex paint, milk paint, and chalk paint, all with fantastic results. The nozzle is also very easy to clean since you can take apart almost all of the pieces and wash them out with a little wire brush scrubber provided.
Are ya ready to learn how to achieve a modern finish now? I wouldn’t use ANY other way if you want a perfect, almost lacquer-like finish, completely smooth with no brush strokes.
1. Pull out and plug in your sprayer.
2. Pour paint into both containers provided, about 3/4 full (or a little more).
3. Add a bit of of water and test viscosity with the the viscosity cup provided. They have a chart in the instruction manual that will tell you how fast the paint (or stain or top coat) is supposed to empty. For this latex paint/primer I used about 1/4 cup I think? I’m going from memory here, so I would start with less and add a little more as you go. You’ll get a feel for how it is supposed to look, so that it sprays evenly and smoothly without dripping.
In the pic below I’m demonstrating using white paint, which I used to paint my white bookcases I have in my living room. I can’t imagine painting the bookcases with all the shelves by hand or by roller. It would have been a nightmare.
4. Attach spray nozzle and adjust the nose to either spray horizontally or vertically. Pictured above it is set to spray vertically.
5. Turn on your machine (it sounds like a vacuum and is about as loud as one), and test out the spray on a pieces of cardboard or scrap wood.
6. Once you get an even flow, start spraying your piece of furniture, maintaining an even distance. Don’t bend or rotate at the wrist when spraying, because it will get better coverage in the middle and poor coverage on the edges. Instead, move your entire arm across the surface your are spraying.
-Use protective eyewear (and mask if you have it) during use to protect your eyes and airways from the very fine paint particles that get in the close-proximity air when spraying.
-Keep a wet rag handy to clean off the spray nose. It slowly accumulates with paint, inhibiting the spray area after awhile. It wipes off easily though.
-Plan on doing at least 2-3 coats, since the thinned down paint evenly sprayed on makes for thinner coats.
-For bookcases and most furniture, if you use a satin or semi-gloss paint, you do NOT need a topcoat. Just let the paint cure (harden, completely) for 21 days before using regularly. I brought these inside after a couple days drying and was just gentle with them for a few weeks (but I still set things on them in the mean-time).
-After washing out paint after use, fill container with water, turn on and spray water in your sink or tub (or wherever you clean it out), until water is completely clear.
Here’s a refresher of what that bookcase looks like now:
Like I mentioned above, I’ve used it many times, but my favorite projects to use it on are:
anything needing a perfectly smooth, modern finish
ANYTHING with spindles!! (I used to want to poke my eyes out if I had to paint some… not anymore!)
book cases (or anything with lots of shelves and small, annoying corners!)
trim and woodwork
Finally… Giveaway Time for the HomeRight Finish Max Pro!