Like many of you, I love painting - whether it's a wall or a piece of furniture, paint really has the power to breathe new life into just about anything. As a result, I'm always on the lookout for new tools to make the painting process a little easier. So, when I stumbled upon this product at Sherwin Williams, (for less than $12), I was intrigued.
A portable sprayer? Where I can turn any paint into spray paint? Yes, please!
I love the finished look that spraying gives, and while my HVLP spray gun of awesomeness is one of my all-time favorite tools, sometimes I don't feel like dealing with the hassle of lugging out my air compressor, and cleaning up the mess. I'm thinking for smaller jobs, this little tool could come in handy.
And I just so happen to have a little project to put this baby to the test.
This table was a garage sale find awhile back. This is where it started.
I transformed it once, ala the power of paint.
And it found a place in my son's room.
While I still like the table, now that we're changing things up in his room, it doesn't quite fit. I love Benjamin Moore's Advance paint, and use it for the cabinet makeovers, so I figured it would be a great one to use in my portable paint sprayer. Plus, I had some on hand, which was a bonus.
The key to using this tool is thinning the paint. I thought that I had it thinned enough (with water, per the directions) when I attempted to use it the first time, but I was unsuccessful. I got a teeny little whiff of paint out of the thing, got frustrated and used a brush for the first coat. (FYI - I did prime this table with regular spray paint, just didn't show it here). The color is "Gray" by Benjamin Moore.
I decided to give it another whirl with my portable paint sprayer, and thinned it like crazy the second time. MUCH better. It still isn't always consistent in terms of delivering a constant flow of paint, but good enough to where I could deal with it for this little piece of furniture.
Much better finish, yes? This was right after I painted it, so the color looks lighter than the finished look.
Once it dried, I jazzed it up with a fun orange stripe, since that's the accent color I'm using in my son's room. I had orange spray paint on hand for this, so I didn't put the sprayer to task for that part.
I'm having a hard time getting this gray to read right in the photos - this first one is probably the most accurate reflection of its true color.