Rolling Cabinet Forgotten NO MORE!

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Using a sprayer to paint my furniture is something I've been hearing a lot about from other furniture flippers, so I was glad to give it a try. I used the HomeRight Finish Max.
The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest, "Spray it Pretty" is sponsored by HomeRight, who sent us all a Finish Max sprayer to complete our projects.

I started with the cabinet upside-down and then flipped it after I got that part covered. After about a half an hour of sitting, I went out to check for any paint drips that may have developed after a few minutes. This was my first spray project (on furniture), so I experimented with the paint flow and my spray technique.

Here is the "BEFORE":
We bought "Ellie" at an estate sale – the same one where we got the Ethan Allen China Cabinet that I turned into a buffet a few months ago.

She was one of the last pieces remaining at the estate sale on the last day. I hadn't even noticed her the two times I had looked through the sale and only saw her when we were finished loading all of our purchases into our truck.

This piece earned the name "Ellie" which means "bright shining one" because it came from dull and boring to a shining example of how a piece of furniture can be made new again.
Her transformation was quite amazing – no matter how many pieces I refinish, I'm always in awe each time when I stand back and look at the finished product.

The Benjamin Moore Advance went on smooth and dried flawlessly. I used three coats because the wood grain was quite deep and I prefer to do thinner coats. The Finish Max allows you to adjust the paint flow as well as the spray pattern.

I played around with it, trying out different spray patterns and angles on a big cardboard box out in my new handy dandy spray room in the garage. Since we're in Wisconsin, I had to warm up the garage first with our portable kerosene heater. Once warm, I turned it off and sprayed letting it dry overnight.
This was my first time using and spraying Benjamin Moore Advance. I typically use a chalk or milk paint, but I wanted to see how this enamel worked with the Finish Max. It was amazing.

I used Buttercream Luxe Craft acrylic paint in the color "bisque" and a 12 x 12 stencil with repeating pattern to decorate the doors and top.
I used Rustoleum's Metallic spray paint to spiff up the hardware.
I Topcoated just the stenciled areas with General Finishes Flat Out Flat using a quality brush to bring a soft appearance.
Painting the trim on the body a lighter shade, "Sonnet" by Benjamin Moore Advance gave it depth and character. I was able to match the stencil paint with the trim. A couple of light coats on top of the darker tan was sufficient.

It went on smoothly and self leveled – no brush strokes and the grain pattern still showed through (which was my hope).
Taking an old boring unwanted piece and updating it with some paint, stencils and freshly painted hardware can save it from the dump and give you a one-of-a-kind beautiful piece of furniture.

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Suggested materials:
  • Benjamin Moore Advance Satin Paint   (ACE)
  • Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint   (Menards)
  • Buttercream Luxe Stencil Paint   (JoAnns)
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Val Frania {Love My DIY Home}
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