Friday, January 23, 2015

Before and After: General Finishes Persian Blue Dresser!

(Disclosure: I received free paint from General Finishes in exchange for this post. Even so, all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.)
Happy Friday, friends! I am soooo excited to share my latest before and after with you! Let's jump right into it! I purchased this dresser from a garage sale a few months ago:

Before and After: General Finishes Persian Blue Dresser!

It was dark and dreary, but I knew a little paint would give it life again!

Before and After: General Finishes Persian Blue Dresser!

 For this project, I used Persian Blue Milk Paint, Van Dyke Brown Glaze, and High Performance Top Coat in Flat. All of these products are water based which means easy water clean up!

I removed the hardware and gave the entire piece a nice sanding. Then, I did two coats of Persian Blue... yes, just two! For a piece so dark, two coats = insanity. Once it dried, I distressed the edges of the entire piece.

I rarely use glazes or waxes, so I was a bit nervous trying the Van Dyke Brown Glaze, but after I felt like it was a fairly simple process. You brush it on, you wipe it off -- pretty easy! It makes such a huge difference, too!

Before and After: General Finishes Persian Blue Dresser!

Not only does it tone down the color a bit, but it really highlights all of the details of the piece. If you're nervous about using a glaze (like I was), watch this video from General Finishes on How to Apply Glaze Effects.

Once the glaze was dry, I put the High Performance Top Coat in my paint sprayer and sprayed the finish! I adore the flat top coat because it doesn't have a lot of sheen and it dries beautifully (even if you hand paint it). 

Normally I paint the hardware, too, but I decided the aged hardware was gorgeous as-is.

Before and After: General Finishes Persian Blue Dresser!

The After:

Before and After: General Finishes Persian Blue Dresser!

Before and After: General Finishes Persian Blue Dresser!

Before and After: General Finishes Persian Blue Dresser!
Before and After: General Finishes Persian Blue Dresser!

Before and After: General Finishes Persian Blue Dresser!
Before and After: General Finishes Persian Blue Dresser!

This color is crazy cool -- in one light it can look like a muted aqua and in another it looks like a soft green. 

Even the hardware is smiling:


Before and After: General Finishes Persian Blue Dresser!

Here's a side by side for comparison:

Before and After: General Finishes Persian Blue Dresser!

I love it so much I can barely stand to sell it in my craft and furniture booth! What do you think!?


Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After
Disclosure: I received the Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer for free in exchange for this review. Even so, all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

Hey, friends! I'm so excited to share another fantastic paint sprayer and a bathroom before and after with you guys! Before we get to the before and after, let's go over the main features of the Wagner Flexio 890 Paint Sprayer! There's plenty more to see and learn in the instruction manual, but I want to focus on a few features that I really love about this machine!

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

The entire system can be stored in the box it comes in, which is so convenient (especially when my garage is a hott mess and I can't find anything when I need it).

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

Something that sets this sprayer apart from the rest is that it comes with two spray nozzles! The iSpray Nozzle has a 1 and a half quart cup and is for larger projects. The Detail Finish Nozzle has a 20 fluid ounce cup and is for smaller projects. I love the ability to use either nozzle based on the size of my project. For example, I used the Detail Finish Nozzle on the project below because it was a small project. In the future I might be able to work on two projects at once, too, by switching back and forth between the two nozzles.

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

With one simple turn/switch, you can change the spray pattern (horizontal and vertical) and adjust the spray width. This really helps to ensure your paint is going exactly where you want it (which means less overspray and no wasted paint)!

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

You can also change the paint flow by turning the red knob on the back of the gun. This basically allows more or less paint to come out of the sprayer. If you're working with a thicker material, you'll most likely keep the flow control high. For thinner materials, you'll most likely keep the flow control low.

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

The air hose connects at the front of the power box and then the other end connects to the back of the sprayer like so:

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

The handle has to be twisted to lock it into place. This was hard for me to figure out at first (I didn't push it forward enough), but once I got the hang of it, it was easy peasy! I like that the handle and air hose lock into place -- when you're really into painting and moving the air hose around (or you know, dancing while painting, perhaps), it helps that it's totally secure.

The on/off switch is not only on the front of the power box, but there's also one on the handle. At first it seemed silly to have two, but it was so nice to turn the machine on/off in a moment's notice.

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

On the top of the handle is the X-Boost Power. This knob adjusts the air pressure going through the gun. It's hard to explain so I'm going to quote the instruction manual: "A high air power level will result in faster coverage and a smoother finish with thicker materials. Lowering the air power will result in larger drops of material being sprayed from the gun, and will create a slightly rougher finish."

If you're intimidated, don't be! The instruction manual has a detailed chart on the recommended material flow and air power settings for different types of coatings/materials. Part of the process is practicing, too! And guess what? Wagner totally thought about that! Check out this awesome practice poster:

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

Now, for the before and after!

My roommate, Crystal, wanted to redo her bathroom. Here's what it looked like before:

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

It's a small and awkward space with very little storage. This has the #RentalProbs series written all over it. She wanted to put a storage cabinet on the little empty wall across from the toilet:

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

Unfortunately, a cabinet just didn't work... the space was too small. One day at Hodge Podge, though, I found this adorable ladder shelf. It was like it was meant for the space!

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

It had some wear and tear, but nothing a little paint couldn't fix! Crystal chose a fun, bright green to match a picture frame she bought for the room. Enter, the detail finish nozzle! After hanging up plastic sheeting behind my work space and covering the floor with drop cloths, I sanded and painted this cutie in less than 30 minutes total! All the nooks and crannies of this piece seemed like nothing with the sprayer. The coverage was incredible, too! It. was. awesome.

I finished the piece with a brown metallic glaze to tone down the bright green color and this is how it looked after:

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

With a few mason jars and accessories, it's perfect for her bathroom!

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After
Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

Is it bad that I'm jealous of her bathroom now!?

Overall thoughts on the Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer:

While the sprayer requires a little extra prep work (like covering my work area with plastic sheeting and drop cloths), the professional quality finish is worth it! It also cuts my painting time in half (if not more). The machine does have a loud hum, but it's no where near the noise I've heard from other sprayers. Overall, it's an awesome machine that I will continue to use! For more information, check out the Wagner Flexio 890 intro video, the Wagner Flexio 890 set up video, and the Wagner Flexio clean up video on YouTube!

If you have any questions for me about the Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer, leave a comment below or email me. I'd be happy to answer any questions or give you advice!

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

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