(Disclaimer: We were given a free HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer in exchange for this post. The information and opinions expressed are 100% our own and are not influenced by HomeRight.)
So you guys all saw the dramatic mailbox makeover on the blog yesterday..right?
If not, here is a nice reminder pic for ya. She’s gorgeous, isn’t she?!
Well this project would have taken at least twice, maybe three times as long if I didn’t have a nice handy gadget from HomeRight.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Tools can be tricky and I don’t want to learn how to use another one when I can just paint with a brush. Trust me, I was in your shoes. But my eyes have been opened people. This sprayer will now be an essential part of my toolbox (okay..probably won’t fit in my toolbox, but you get the point!)
The cool thing about this sprayer is that it is airless, so you don’t need to use a noisy compressor to use it. Instead all you need is an extension cord and an outlet to get this bad boy going.
There were only a few components in the box (yay for not having a million tiny parts to put together!) and it included a funnel. The funnel is used to thin any thicker paint. Personally, I didn’t do this for my mailbox project and it worked out fine.
Once my sprayer was put together, I filled the cup with the yellow paint.
Rookie Tip: Make sure you fill it up with a good amount of paint. You can always pour what you don’t use back into the paint gallon.
Before I started spraying the mailbox, I practiced on a big piece of cardboard. This helped me get used to the sprayer. I definitely recommend this step, so you can build up your confidence to tackle the actual project. You will also get a good feel for how quickly the paint comes out and how close you need to keep the sprayer from the object you’re painting.
Once I got going, it was actually incredibly quick and easy. Spraying 1 coat of this entire mailbox took less than two minutes…and that is not an exaggeration. I was also impressed with the even, smooth surface.
Now I’ve gotta keep it real for my favorite readers. The only part I didn’t enjoy about this sprayer was the cleanup. I followed the directions and cleaned out the excess paint, nozzle, and tube and I then filled the cup with soapy water and sprayed it through to clean out the insides. It was my least favorite part of the process, but to me it was well worth it!
I cannot wait to use the sprayer for a much bigger project. I’m sure this handy tool will help me paint anything in no time at all!
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(Disclaimer: We were given a free HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer in exchange for this post. The information and opinions expressed are 100% our own and are not influenced by HomeRight.) Right now, I’m paying “rent” to my roomie via DIY projects. It’s a pretty sweet deal if you ask me. (More on that here)
So, I’ve been slowly taking inventory at Janimal’s house and seeing what I can transform to make it even more fabulous.
My mom recently painted her front door a bright and cheery yellow. We are both obsessed with it, and it really transformed the entire front of her house. It’s happy, welcoming, and friendly…just like my mom! (She also made that burlap bubble wreath using Bridget’s tutorial. It’s safe to say that she may be our only reader that actually recreates a majority of the projects we put on the blog. Way to go Janimal!)
Anyways, my mom had some leftover yellow paint from her door project and I figured I might as well put it to good use. When I spotted her mailbox…I instantly knew that the yellow paint would go towards giving that bad boy a makeover.
Her mailbox wasn’t too horrible. It just didn’t really have much personality. Also, it was rusting and the painted wood was a chippy mess. Time for me to step in and bring this bad boy back to life!
I came up with a quick gameplan, consulted my roomie, and got to work.
My first order of business…take those rusted address numbers off of the wood base.
I thought this would take me 10 minutes tops…boy was I wrong!
Those suckers didn’t want to go anywhere. That was their home for the past 15+ years and they didn’t feel like packing their bags.
After lots of prying, sweating, and maybe a bit of cursing I finally got each number off of the post.
My original plan was to reuse the numbers and spray paint them white. I moved to plan B after mangling those numbers up, and decided to buy some cheap new ones.
A quick coat of Rustoleum primer, followed up by a quick coat of Rustoleum satin spray paint (in white) and I had some new numbers all ready to go.
While those dried, I got to work on the actual mailbox.
My mom purchased a new one (@ Lowe’s for $11) simply because the current black one was incredibly creaky, old, and rusted. We decided the $11 price tag was worth it.
Now, I knew that I didn’t just want to use a paint brush to paint the metal mailbox because it could leave some noticeable paint strokes. Spray paint would give me the smooth, even finish I wanted…but there was no way I could match the yellow of the door to a random yellow can of spray paint.
That is when HomeRight came to the rescue! They recently sent me a new fine finish sprayer to try out, and this project turned out to be the perfect test for this neat gadget.
I could use the yellow paint from the door AND have the even, smooth finish on the metal mailbox. #doubleplay
The paint is “Summer in the City” if you’re interested in a nice yellow paint.
I was a bit intimidated to try out my new toy, but it was seriously so easy. Tomorrow I’ll walk you through the steps and I’ll offer some advice on this handy sprayer (and I’ll be giving out a brand new FREE HomeRight sprayer to one lucky winner! So be sure to come tune in!)
3 light coats was all it took to bring this gray mailbox from blah…to bright and beautiful!
Next up, tackling that chippy mailbox post.
I used my palm sander to get rid of the years of gunk and goo on the wooden post. Then I wiped it down really good before whipping out the white primer.
I used my favorite Zinsser primer and did a light coat all over the wood with a paint brush.
After it dried, it was time to bring out the brown paint.
I used the color “bark brown” and chose one that would last in harsh outdoor conditions.
My HomeRight sprayer again came in handy for this part of the project. I was able to get a nice even coat on the entire post in less than 5 minutes. I’m guessing this part went about 3x faster using the fine finish sprayer. #lifesaver
The sprayer also helped cover all of the nooks and crannies on the post, without the paint globbing up and creating a thick coat.
Then it was just a matter of attaching the new mailbox and hammering in the bright white letters.
A pretty dramatic before and after, right?
I love how the mailbox complements the front door. It makes the front of the house bright, without overwhelming it with color.
My roomie is definitely pleased with her new mailbox. I’m hoping this project buys me at least a few more weeks, before I’m evicted 😉
Be sure to come back tomorrow and enter to win your own HomeRight Fine Finish Sprayer!
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