Back in March, my world was totally changed when my only favorite sister moved here from Orlando. It had been been 19 years since I had lived within a two day driving distance from anyone in my family, and now my sister is about 30 minutes away from me door-to-door. To say that this is one of the best things that has ever happened to me would be an understatement. My kids are thrilled that “Aunt Leigh Leigh” can just stop by for dinner any time, and I am thrilled that we are able to spend so much time together after 19 years of trying to catch up over quick weekend visits.
Like many people, Leigh Ann has gone gaga for Pinterest and has found some adorable projects that she wants to recreate. The thing is, though, that Leigh and I couldn’t be more opposite in our personalities. She’s the numbers girl and I’m the creative one, so she was nervous to even attempt these projects. So, we’ve had a Sister Craft Day where I’ve helped her put together the projects that she had in mind, and I have tried to teach her some things about crafting. She’s now making cute little canvas signs for herself and her friends.
But, Leigh has never painted anything before. So when she found a $40 headboard on Craigslist that she wanted me to paint, I said, “How about I teach you how to do it?” She wasn’t thrilled (to be totally honest), but she agreed. I had just gotten a HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP paint sprayer in the mail, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to use it. This isn’t the type of sprayer that you’d use for huge areas, like walls, but it’s perfect for things like furniture and cabinets.
I set up plastic sheeting in my garage and got her headboard prepped for painting (using a deglosser to remove the shiny factory finish instead of sanding it). Don’t you wish you had a big sister to do all of your prep work? Ha! Then, to try out the sprayer myself, I used it to apply a primer coat (Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3).
I have a few other paint sprayers myself, and the Fine Finish Max felt different to me than the other ones. It was much lighter weight to hold in my hand so my hands didn’t get fatigued. I did have a hard time using it the first time because you are supposed to hold it 6″-12″ away from the item you are painting – much closer than my other paint sprayers. But, once I got the hang of that, it was really easy.
After the primer dried, it was Leigh Ann’s turn. I gave her a quick set of instructions (basically just overlap the strokes by about 1/3 and use your legs to move up and down instead of your bending your wrists), and I turned her loose. Since she is not a DIYer, I had no idea how it was going to go.
As it turns out, Leigh Ann was a beast with that paint sprayer!
She just worked from one side of the headboard to the other, making sure that she was overlapping strokes and keeping the sprayer steady.
When she was finished, she remarked how easy it was to use and that there were no drips at all. The fact that someone who had never painted anything was able to use it straight out of the box with about 30 seconds of instruction has me sold. Clean up was a breeze and the paint sprayer used much less paint than any of my other sprayers. MUCH less paint.
Her headboard hasn’t made it back to her house yet, because I’m the one with the truck. A big sister who is a DIYer AND drives a truck? Leigh Ann is lucky, isn’t she? Ha!
If you are looking for your first paint sprayer to use on furniture pieces, this is the one to get. You can get it on Amazon for $70 and free Prime shipping (affiliate link).
Or, how about just winning one? Leave a comment below to be entered to win a HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer! This sweepstakes will be open through 8/6/2014 and is open to US residents, ages 18 and up. Good luck! (Edited on 8/7/14 to add that this giveaway is now closed.)
This post has been sponsored by HomeRight. All opinions – and adorable little sisters – are my own.