I knew someone who used homemade chalky paint in a paint sprayer and it looked really good. So my friend bought me one for either Christmas or my birthday, I don’t remember which one. Anyway, I bought the HomeRight Spray Shelter and I was ready. Except using a paint sprayer for the first time intimidated me and I procrastinated.
After using one excuse after another, such as it’s the rainy season here I finally decided to use the sprayer. I put up the spray shelter, set up the compressor, mixed up the paint, and loaded the sprayer. I used my DIY Chalk Paint recipe except made sure it was thinner than normal.
The project I decide to experiment on is a child’s table and chairs. It looks like a miniature farmhouse table, so cute. The original finish was a mixture of coordinating paint colors. I selected a light blue to unify the 3 colors as the base coat.
I started spraying 2 chairs. It was looking good. The only thing I noticed is the little filter in the sprayer kept clogging up so I had to clean it out frequently. Now let me back up for a minute. I had already painted the base coat on the table with the brush when I decided to use the paint sprayer so I only had 2 chairs left after I quit for the day.
I didn’t get right back to the other 2 chairs because I had another project with a deadline. Which I used the sprayer on.
Then getting back to work I noticed the little filter was slightly torn so the paint droplets were a bit uneven. But I played with the adjustment and continued painting.
Unfortunately as I was making progress the sky got black and there was thunder rumbling. I had to get the compressor in, pack up the spray shelter and get everything put away.
To make matters more difficult the weather forecast was more rain and wind in store because of the hurricane that was coming to the East Coast.
Once it cleared up the yard was soggy from the rain so using a paint sprayer for the first time was put on the back burner. At that point I did the final coat of white paint by hand because I wanted to get the set done.
After the paint cured I used the Orbital sander and the Mouse in the tight spots to distress it. I decided to go with a heavily distressed look because of the various layers of paint that would show through. Make sure to wipe off the sanding dust with a damp paper towel and then the tack cloth.
A couple coats of wax for protection and a coat of the dark wax and my adventure in using a paint sprayer for the first time was behind me. I have plans to give it another try very soon. I just need to think up the right project.
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