Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer Review & Giveaway

Do you ever have a project  you build up in your mind until it seems like such a completely impossible and  insurmountable task?    That is how my dining room table’s 5 chairs have been.  I originally purchased this table from Craigslist for $125.00 over 3 years ago and painted the table in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Ironstone. I then used the chairs to do a couple of segment’s on KOKH Fox 25 for a $30.00 makeover challenge.  That was over 2 years ago.  Since then the chairs have been grouped as a misfit set – all painted different colors- being used in my dining room just begging for a makeover.  If you want to see the previously embarrassing state of my dining room chairs you can find them in this post.

But this week things have changed in a big way for me.  I finally tried using a paint sprayer for the first time.  YA’LL.  It was life changing.

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 Do you see the ridiculously smitten look on my face, whilst doing manual labor, in 97 degree weather, 7 months pregnant?  Only one thing can cause me to act like such a dork is my new paint sprayer from HomeRight.   I was able to paint all FIVE of my dining room chairs.  In TWO HOURS.

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I have been so resistant to using a paint sprayer for many reasons.

1.  I typically use paint that require very little prep work – ie: No sanding and No Priming.  So with all of the time I save skipping those steps I thought I would make up for it with the hassle of having to clean a paint sprayer.

2.  CeCe Caldwell’s Paints are generally much thicker than Latex Paints.  Trying to find the right ratio of water to paint made me nervous.

3.  I don’t have a spray booth and I was concerned about the mess all of the over spray would make.

4.  I will confess I tend to get stuck in my ways and I will fight trying new methods for as long as I can.  I am the old crotchety lady of furniture painting.

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Imagining all of the time it would take me to paint these darn chairs had me desperate to try something new.  I broke down and tried the HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer for the job.  In a nervous state I read the directions and watched a few YouTube videos like this one to get my little mind acclimated to the idea of using a sprayer.

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My dread of cleaning the sprayer was eased when I realized the only tube I needed to clean was easy to remove and relatively small.  The instructions recommended putting water inside the drum to practice spraying before trusting yourself with actual paint.  Baby steps.  That was good advice because after a few pretend sprays I was feeling more confident.

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It took a few trial runs on an old cabinet door to find the perfect consistency of paint.  Even if you are using latex paint the directions recommend watering your paint down with water.  Since CeCe Caldwell’s Paints are thicker in consistency it took me a few test batches to get the consistency perfect.  My first batch was too watery and my second batch was too globby.  I finally arrived at the perfection of silky smooth paint = 1/3 water to 2/3 CeCe Caldwell’s Paints in Pittsburgh Grey.  When I sprayed the paint on it was like butta.  Not a brush stroke to be found.  My little painter’s heart melted.

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Since CeCe’s paints are all-natural I didn’t have to worry about ventilation and the over spray was  surprisingly minimal.  I only needed a drop cloth to contain my mess.  I painted two coats on the chairs, one while the chairs were propped upside down and another while they were right side up.  I then just touched up with the sprayer here and there where needed.

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The chairs look amazing.  The finish is so smooth and it looks as if it came from a big box furniture store.  I can’t believe I put this task off for two years.  I wanted to show you the full reveal of my completed dining room but I didn’t want to steal the thunder of the awesome giveaway from the sweet folks at HomeRight.  One of you will get to win a Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer too!

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter (it might take a few seconds to load – so please be patient)  Just in case you don’t win one of these awesome sprayers you can find your nearest retailer of the Finish Max here or you can purchase it online here.
In my opinion for about $90.00 it it so worth the investment!

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How To Paint Furniture { Classes & Workshops }

Have you wanted to learn how to paint furniture like the pros?  There are only a few chances left to grab a spot in one of our furniture painting workshops this year!

What is so special about our workshops?  Here is what others are saying about them!

Here is our class line-up for the remainder of 2014…

Milk Paint 101

Only 5 seats left!

Learn the basics of furniture painting with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint while making a gorgeous, custom monogrammed sign.  Class includes all paint, supplies, and digital curriculum on how to paint your furniture.  Includes a free copy of my eBook The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Furniture Painting.

Date:  Wednesday July 30th

Time:  6pm – 8pm

Where:  Edmond Fine Arts Institute 26 E. Edwards Edmond, OK 73034

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Sign measures 2ft x 2ft and includes a hanging kit for you to attach.  Students will have a choice of three color pallets, Navy/Light Blue, Red/Coral, or Teal/Green (not pictured) and will have a custom vinyl monogram in white.

Cost: $69.00

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Fabulous Faux Finishes

Only 4 Seats Left!

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Expand your knowledge of furniture painting techniques using sample boards for you to take home.  Learn 7 different techniques including tone-on-tone, washing, crackling, and weathering techniques.  This class is perfect for the DIY artisan, furniture painting business owner, and decorators alike!  Includes a free copy of my eBook The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Furniture Painting.

 

 

This is the LAST time I will be offering this class!  Only video workshops will be available in 2015 for this class.

Cost: $100 (Seriously, that is $14 for each technique!)

Location:  The Edmond Fine Arts Institute 26 E Edwards, Edmond OK 73034

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

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Refunking 101: Furniture Make & Take Class

Only 3 classes left in 2015!

Using CeCe Caldwell’s All Green, NO VOCs, Paints and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paints you will learn aging, distressing, and old world finishing techniques, proper finishing with wax to create a  durable, gorgeous finish and custom tinting with wax and paints as well as tons of furniture painting tips and tricks to save you time help you become more efficient in your creative process.

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Workshop includes instruction and furniture painting tips and tricks learned from owning our furniture painting business!  We will teach you from start-to-finish how to professionally refinish all of your own furniture.  Our goal is for you to be 100% confident and motivated to tackle your own projects when you get home!   Classes are limited to 10 participants, so everyone gets one-on-one instruction!  Includes a free copy of my eBook The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Furniture Painting.

Cost: $175 – $50.00 due at reservation and $125 due the day of the class.

Location:  The Edmond Fine Arts Institute 26 E Edwards, Edmond OK 73034

Dates:

Saturday August 16th 10am – 2pm

Saturday September 13 10am – 2pm

Saturday November 15th 10am – 2pm

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I hope to see you in one of our classes in 2014!

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Nursery Furniture

Guess who only has 2.5 months until this chicken nugget is due? This mamma! It seems like I just spilled the beans about our family’s new addition and here I am, in the third trimester, slowly working on putting the bits and pieces of the nursery together.

My game plan is to work on the nursery now and then save the majority of the blog posts and full nursery reveal for after I have the baby. This will help me have some blog posts in my back pocket while on “maternity leave” from blogging and give me some down time from the blog while I’m in the blissful zombie fog that is taking care of a newborn.

But I get so excited when a little bit of progress is made I have to sneak in some updates here and there for ya. This weekend I put together an piece of furniture that I am thrilled to share with you. Normally, about 80% of the furniture in my house is hand-painted or refurbished by me in some way. But buying a new piece of furniture was so appealing because I am 7 months pregnant and I was not in the mood to paint anything this weekend!

I have been on the lookout for several pieces of furniture for the nursery: a bookshelf, an end-table, and a toy box. And after browsing interwebs I found the perfect fit on Sauder’s website. The Pogo Bookcase/Headboard served all three of those purposes and saved me lots of precious nursery real estate by using just one piece of furniture. How could I pass it up? I ordered the piece of furniture on Friday and it was on my doorstep the following Wednesday, ready for me to assemble.

Sauder’s instructions were a piece of cake and in 45 minutes I had my piece assembled and ready for use.

Talk about instant gratification! I wish all of my DIY projects went this smoothly. I have to confess I was feeling a little guilty going the easy route and not DIYing this piece of furniture but after a little digging around I found out Sauder’s products and packaging are made from up to 97% recycled material. Plus, Sauder Woodworking Co. is based in the United States and manufactures all of it’s furniture in Archbold, Ohio. Knowing all of that makes me feel so much better than buying a piece of furniture made in China. Sauder is still a privately held, third generation, family-run business. I love that!

The Pogo Bookcase has tons of storage, lots of room for books, and will also double as an end-table next to the glider – where I will be spending lots of time those first few months.

The soft white finish is neutral enough to grow up with the baby’s bedroom into toddler and preschool years.

Sauder didn’t skimp on the details, such as the silver ID tags, making the piece feel extra special. This bookshelf has years of use ahead of it and I am relieved to have knocked something off of my nursery to-do list!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

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A Hop Around Hob Lob

I ran into Hobby Lobby yesterday and I noticed they have stepped up their game in the home decor department.  I usually beeline to the furniture knob aisle and don’t have time to give the store a second glance because I have my 4-year old in tow.   I tend to think of Hobby Lobby as the land of resin Fleur-De-Lis and scrapbooking  supplies but yesterday they proved me wrong.

Let’s take a gander at what I found new and noteworthy at HL.  (Please excuse the quality of these photos.  The fluorescent lighting + zero natural light to speak of tend to give photos a gold hue.)

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Gold paired with black is all the rage and Hobby Lobby has taken note.  This geometric and gold diamond would look sweet in my living room built-ins.

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Lots of Etsy inspired wall art to choose from.

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Love the gold deer heads.  Sometimes Gold can go so wrong but these were done right.

 

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You can’t go wrong with Ikat and navy.

 

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It still shocks me how many people attend my workshops that don’t know about the holy grail of knobs HL offers.  Their selection has several Anthropologie knock-offs for 1/3 of the price.  Plus, the knobs are 50% EVERYDAY meaning you don’t have to wait for a sale.

 

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Loved these pillows and I’m thinking they might look perfect in baby Shepherd’s nursery.

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I love the nautical-inspired lamps and I have seen similar ones at Home Goods for twice the price.

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I love the idea-ology line by Tim Holtz.  I have used these faux key hole on several projects like this and I loved how they added some charm to an otherwise boring piece.

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What does a hipster fox say?  I don’t know but this one was adorbs.

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Fun party supplies.  Mason jars + paper straws = LOVE.

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This baker’s twine is perfect for price tags or fun projects.  Plus, even when items like this are not on sale, you can use Hobby Lobby’s App to get 40% off full-price items.

Oklahoma is home to Hobby Lobby Corporate Offices.  And I semi-regularly stalk them on Twitter to ask them why they don’t ever work with bloggers – ahem! like me!

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They never respond.  It’s like having a crush on your neighbor but you can’t get them to look at you.  Except I married my neighbor - but I keep wishing my courtship with Hobby Lobby will go the same.  So Hob Lob, if you are reading this – will you go on a date with me?  Mark yes or no.

UPDATE:  My flirting is paying off!  Hobby Lobby emailed me today and I can’t wait to see them work with more bloggers!

PS:  If you are working on projects this weekend you NEED my eBook The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Furniture Painting!  Use the coupon code DIYWEEKEND to get 40% off the $9.99 cover price!

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