I have never been a fan of the standard medicine cabinet. I don’t really know why, but they just seem kind of plain to me. Do you feel the same? Our new house doesn’t even have medicine cabinets so a medicine cabinet makeover was in order! This idea should inspire you to be on the lookout for a different kind of storage solution. I want to thank Wagner Spraytech for sponsoring this post, all ideas, tips and opinions are completely my own.
When I was shopping our local resale shop I spotted this little cabinet for $10. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it, but I knew I needed extra storage in our house, it’s lacking in that department. So I scooped up this beauty and took her home.
When I was batch painting my thrifted finds with my Wagner Paint Sprayer I painted our new medicine cabinet! With all the scrolls and details this piece was definitely made to be sprayed. You really want a professional finish on a piece like this when it’s going to be a focal point in a room. I constantly hear people say they are scared to use a paint sprayer or aren’t sure how to use a paint sprayer so I want to share some sure fire tips that will help you get the job done and conquer your hesitation. I truly believe a Wagner paint sprayer is a must have in your DIY arsenal.
Tips To Use a Paint Sprayer Like A Pro
- I also get asked all the time what sprayer I have and it’s this one, the Wagner FLEXiO 5000.
- Practice – Get a scrap piece of wood or cardboard and practice using your sprayer before you start spraying the actual project. I do this EVERY time I start a new project, just to be sure everything is correct.
- Don’t be afraid to adjust the settings. When you are practicing try to up the paint flow, lower the paint flow, increase the paint pressure and decrease the pressure. Try the different spray head directions. You aren’t going to break your sprayer, you’re going to break yourself in!
- Different paints spray differently. The Wagner FLEXiO 5000 has the capacity to spray a wide variety of paints from oil based stains to latex and even chalk paint. You will find that even the same “type” paint from different brands or in different colors or finishes may spray slightly different. Tweak your settings and practice for the perfect finish.
- Spray slower to the project surface than you probably think you should. When using a can of spray paint if you get too close it will drip and get gloppy. With a Wagner paint sprayer you have a more controlled paint force and flow so you can get closer and get more even one coat coverage without the drips!
- Have a damp rag handy. I always find it helpful to have a damp rag on me to wipe the spray nozzle every once and a while. If the paint dries on the nozzle it will affect the spray pattern, so keep it clean.
- Move in a smooth side to side or up and down motion, keeping the spray nozzle equal distance from the project surface for the best, even coverage.
- Most of all, don’t be afraid! Paint is not as permanent as you might think and learning a new skill opens doors for amazing DIY projects in your home and craft life! Just go for it, you’ve totally got this!
Hand painting this would have left brush streaks. I know from experience how hard it is to paint a piece like this one. It only took a few minutes to spray though. ????????????
Our sweet little medicine cabinet makeover came out better than I imagined! To securely hang it in it’s new home I used Sheetrock screws to hang it from the wall. Heavens knows I have a bunch of junk to store in this little lady.
It feels so good to have a unique place for storage in our bathroom and it was so inexpensive and quick to makeover. If you need to add some storage to your home, I hope you’ll go thrifting and keep your eyes open for the right shape and size. You can change the finish/color in minutes with your Wagner paint sprayer! Now I have a fun spot in the bathroom to decorate for the holidays too! WIN WIN! Let me know if you have any questions about using a paint sprayer, I’d love to help you paint like a pro!
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