Do you want to know my favorite price? Free, of course! Same with you? I like to peruse the Free section of Craigslist every once in a while. Have you ever done that? People give away all kinds of stuff: pianos, boats, yard sale left overs, plaid couches, building supplies, pets, etc., etc., etc.. For the most part, I’m not the least bit interested in what I see, but a few months ago I saw this awesome nightstand posted:
School lesson: The suffix “less” means “without”. In other words, without a price. Free. Remember…that’s my favorite price. Yep, this nightstand was price-less. You can bet that I snapped it up! Once I got it home, it went straight to the back of my garage, where all good projects go to wait their turn to become awesome. Soon thereafter, HomeRight kindly sent me this awesome paint sprayer:
The HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer. Imagine a choir of angels singing…I swear that’s what I heard when the package arrived. Thank you HomeRight!
My free (I love saying that!) nightstand was the first project that I decided to tackle with my new sprayer. Piece of advice…read the instructions + follow the instructions when you are tackling the unknown. Smart people wrote those instructions, but, after reading them, I decided that I know what I’m doing. I have painted a lot. I mean, a lot, so I decided that there was no need to thin the paint. Big mistake. Once I humbled myself and thinned the paint like I should have in the first place, the thing worked like a dream. I think it took about 3 minutes to paint the whole first coat. Seriously, it took more time to open the paint, mix a batch of chalk paint (thinned a bit…the instructions show just how much), and walk out to the garage than it did to paint my nightstand. I was insanely impressed!
Hold it! I’m getting ahead of myself. Before I started painting I had some prep, of course. Worst part of painting furniture, wouldn’t you agree? Actually, it was just a bit of hand sanding. I lived through it, somehow.
Even though it is widely known that chalk paint can go on pretty much any surface, I decided to spray on some canned primer just because. I remember watching a YouTube video years ago of Annie Sloan hand painting a dresser and she painted the handles at the same time with the same paint that she painted the dresser. I really like the look of the handles being more of a texture, not a standout color, so I decided to also spray a coat of primer on those.
Ready for the after? Want to see what 2 coats of paint and about 6 minutes of total spraying time with my new HomeRight sprayer can do? Well, here you go!
Do. You. Love. It? My price-less nightstand? I totally do, but I’m not done yet. Check back soon to see the finished product. I also plan to share some things that I have learned by using my paint sprayer. I’ll keep you posted. Now, head right over to your local Craigslist and check out the Free section. Hope you find something good!
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