Hello there my friends, I am SO excited for this post, not just because of my cute oak bench makeover, but because I have teamed up with a group of blogger friends to give ONE lucky winner a BRAND NEW HOMERIGHT SPRAYER and TWO SPRAY SHELTERS!!!!!!!! Here is what you will get if you win!! Ahhhhhh! Sorry, I get excited 🙂 Keep scrolling to enter!
HOMERIGHT was gracious enough to send me a sprayer and large shelter to try out. So, I decided to give this sad little bench an uplift! It looks SO SAD! doesn’t it?? This piece sat in my entry way for a while, until I decided to re-do my entryway. I’m fickle like that. I kept the bench in my basement until now.
The paint was peeling off, so I decided to strip the paint off and start from scratch. So. Much.Work! Seriously, if you ever have to strip paint, I feel for ya 🙂
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Oak Bench Makeover- Supplies I used
- Paint Stripper (The best one out there, and it doesn’t burn your skin!)
- Homeright Max Finish Sprayer
- Homeright Large Spray Shelter
- Ryobi Cat Sander
- General Finishes Milk Paint in Persian Blue
- General Finishes Flat Finish Top Coat
Step 1 : Strip
Paint, that is… Bwahahahah…Sorry, I amuse myself sometimes 🙂 I stripped the paint off this bench and I won’t lie, it was more work than I thought, but this paint stripper made things SO MUCH easier. I tried another brand before I tried this one, which was recommended by my friend and sister in paint, Lisa at The Purple Hydrangea. After trying it, I was mad at myself for not asking her input BEFORE all of the hardship.
Step 2: Set up the shelter and get painting already!
If you don’t have to strip paint, lucky you!
Here’s the truth. It took me about 15 minutes to set up the spray shelter/tent. Honestly? I was a little annoyed at how long it took. But, I’m not a camper. Need I say more? I found this video and that helped a lot. Once I set it up the first time, it was like riding a bike. It took me about 8 minutes the second time. Boom. It’s so nice to have a tent to spray paint on windy days!! You guys will love it!. And it comes with a cool carry case and everything.
Step 3: Mix Paint and Spray
Once I had the paint thinned out to manufacturer’s directions I started using my awesome sprayer. I practiced with water and cardboard first, to get the hang of it. When I was ready I used my favorite color of General Finishes milk paint. It took me literally 10-15 minutes to spray the whole thing, and that included drying time!. This paint dries super fast, which I love. I don’t want to think of how long it would have taken me to brush it on.
I used the same color in my armoire renovation. I LOVE that shade of blue!
Done and Done! (Almost)
Step 4: Sand and Apply Top Coat
I used my sander and distressed the edges a bit, then I filled the sprayer back up with top coat and sprayed once more. Isn’t it cute? For the time being, this cutie is sitting in my bedroom until I get the mudroom finished. I will, of course, share that with you, too!
Now what you’ve all been waiting for.
UPDATE 11/21/16: Congrats to our winner Ruth Olenski, who has won all 3 prizes!!! If you would like to purchase one of these amazing products for yourself, please use one of the affiliate links within the post.
See other projects using the sprayer!