I thought I’d give you a little review of my sprayer experience so far. Just for review, I bought an inexpensive sprayer a few years ago from Harbor Freight, which is a type of hardware store. I kept putting off learning to use it out of fear. I didn’t want to mess up a piece of furniture!
But, the time finally came a few weeks ago when I found a very heavy duty and sturdy, but super inexpensive dresser at a barn sale that needed a bunch of work. So, I figured if it doesn’t work on this dresser, NBD (that’s ‘no big deal’ to you folks that aren’t up on your kid speak).
I had to re-glue the top because it had split, so I got to use my new big clamps. That was exciting! (It’s the little things people!) Then there were several drawers that needed to be glued and then I filled all the old pull holes, sanded them down, cleaned it up and then got out the sprayer.
I don’t have a picture of the sprayer, because, well, I broke it. I dropped it and it broke. So….now I need a new one, but this one was only $15. So, not a big loss. Plus there are a couple of other things I want different, anyway. But more on that in a minute.
I took some duck egg chalk paint and mixed it with a little water. The LVLP (Low Volume Low Pressure) sprayer that I used required a lot of paint in the sprayer, but left a lot in the bottom, so I could just pour it back into the container when I was done with the piece. The bucket is on the bottom and sucks it up, so, the next one I buy is going to have the paint bucket on top so it flows down instead of being sucked up. (Does any of this make sense?)
The thing is, you just have to go for it. I go for it with everything else, I don’t know why I was so freaked out about this!
I LOVED USING IT! It worked great. I think the top flow will be even better. I distressed it lightly and then waxed it. I also found a bunch of great old wood knobs that I rubbed some MMS Tung Oil onto and I think they just look great with this dresser!
I love the sprayer! I did a couple of other pieces with it, but I don’t think I will be able to use it on every piece, some pieces just require a brush, and I really like the look of the brush strokes too! The drying time is a bit longer with the water mixed in, but the short spraying time makes it easy to deal with!
Let me know what questions you have, if you have any!