6.03.2013

Table Makeover & Paint Sprayer Giveaway!

Forget unpacking– I'd rather do a table makeover. Who's with me?!

I've been lugging around this hefty dining table since my sophomore year of college. My mom passed it down to me and I've used it ever since– until we replaced it with our amazing Pottery Barn outlet bargain. I didn't want to get rid of it, so we kept it in the garage. I kept telling Scott that one day I might have a dedicated space for a home office/art studio and that this big table would make an awesome desk. Fast forward to our new house which does, in fact, have a dedicated room for my studio. I am SO giddy about having my own space and feel totally spoiled.

Fast forward again to this past weekend when we got our first taste of a miracle invention for DIY folks- a paint sprayer! Where has this thing been all my life? After about ten minutes of spraying, my old dining table had a fresh coat of paint and a new home inside my office.


OK, let's talk details!

When Graco reached out to me about trying their paint sprayer, I was thrilled because the husband had just expressed interest in buying one for the projects we have planned in this new house. The timing couldn't have been better. We received our Graco TrueCoat Plus II last week and quickly put it to work this weekend.


The sprayer comes with very clear instructions which we followed to a T. Happily the box includes some plastic baggies to use in the paint can to help with easy cleanup (like a crock pot liner!), so that is a nice touch.

I wanted a pop of color in my studio since I painted the walls white, so I chose this pretty teal color from Lowes– "Pond" by Eddie Bauer. I wasn't really paying attention when I bought this paint until the cashier rang up my total price for one gallon, which seemed very pricey. It seems the paint mixer just assumed I wanted the highest quality paint for this project, which definitely wasn't the case. Luckily Lowe's is awesome and refunded me the extra cost, only charging me for the cheapest paint instead. (The paint mixer is supposed to ask me which type of paint I wanted first, which he failed to do.) Long story short, we accidentally ended up with a really nice quality paint.


The paint sprayer is very simple to use. Before long we were testing it out on one of our table legs. Scott was basically hypnotized. "Awesome," he kept muttering under his breath. "Wow."


I remember the last time we painted this table using a regular paint brush, and it was very tedious. The base of the table has a lot of details and it's really hard to get into all those crevices with a simple paint brush. This sprayer coated the table in no time at all, and the finish was so even and smooth. No brush strokes, hallelujah!


Once we got the hang of it on the legs, we moved on to the table top.


Our new neighbors must love us so much, creating this spectacle in the front yard. Ha!

Once the table was fully painted (which probably took 10 minutes, max), we cleaned out the sprayer and applied a coat of matte polyurethane to the table for extra durability. Before I knew it, the table was assembled and waiting for me to sit down and enjoy it!


Long story short? It seems like we should have invested in a paint sprayer a long time ago! I can only imagine how much time we would have saved by now. It's just so much faster than painting by hand, plus it looks so much nicer because there are no brush strokes. The finished product on this table was just so much better than the paint jobs we've done by hand in the past. Another added bonus? You use less paint this way, so you can stretch your dollar a bit further. That's always nice!

Here's the GREAT news: Graco wants to help you "Save Your Weekend"by giving you your own paint sprayer! Less time painting, more time having fun.You can spray to your heart's content and refinish all sorts of furniture and small projects with one of these nifty tools. I'm already planning to use it to paint our front door next!



Enter to win this time-saving paint sprayer, worth $200!

How?
  1. Comment on this blog by telling me what you would paint with your new sprayer! You have to comment to enter.
Gain another entry each time you do one of the following things:
  1.  Follow this blog on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (@jordang106)
  2. Tweet about the giveaway using #SaveYourWeekend
  3. Follow Graco on Facebook and Twitter
Just make sure you come back to make a separate comment on the blog that lets me know, ie: "I just followed you on Facebook!" or "I just tweeted about the giveaway!"

Ok, clear as mud? Start by leaving a comment here and then get additional entries through social media– just make sure you come back to leave a separate comment explaining what you did on social media.

The contest is open until Thursday at midnight. A winner will be chosen by a random number generator and I'll announce the lucky person on Friday!

* Get Your Spray Guns Up! *


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94 comments:

  1. I would totally paint my new sideboard with this sprayer!!

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  2. I follow you on Twitter, and Instagram. I would paint my dogs because its easier than giving them a bath. But really- I'd paint my kitchen cabinets!

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  3. I would paint our three rental homes to spruce them up! (I also follow your blog on facebook:)

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  4. We are in the process of buying a new home and have all kinds of project we would use it for. We, like you, have an old table we have painted by hand several times! After seeing how well the sprayer works I am excited to win it and re-paint our table...minus the brush streaks!!

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  5. I would paint out built ins. The last time I did it by hand so I'm dreading doing again but it needs another coat. Also I' looking for a old dresser to paint to use as our TV stand.

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  6. I definitely need this to give my kitchen cabinets an overhaul!!

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  7. PS love the color you picked for the table :)

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  8. Oh, I've been wanting a paint sprayer so bad. I want to paint the inside of my kitchen cabinets and the built ins in our den.

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  9. I would paint lots of things: my dressers, lots of flea market finds, a side table. And help my mom paint her kitchen cabinets!

    P.S. I love how the space is turning out, can't wait to see it with drapes and styled bookshelves!

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  10. My husband and I are expecting our first child in December. We are planning on painting my old chest of drawers for the baby and a paint sprayer would totally make it a simple project.

    ps. Love the color you picked for your table.

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  11. I have a barn full of vintage furniture I'm dying to paint! But all my projects end up hand painted with dreaded brush strokes. A sprayer would be awesome.

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  12. Following you on Twitter! @WINitAJ

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  13. Tweeted :) https://twitter.com/WINitAJ/status/341693777271984128

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  14. Following Graco on Facebook & Twitter (@WINitAJ)

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  15. This is the fourth time I'm attempting to comment! Needy baby and husband are distracting me! We'd use it to paint several pieces of furniture my mother-in-law gave us to match colors in our new house! Pick me! Pick me! :)

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  16. I need to paint my entire house. Need spray gun!

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  17. Followed graco on Twitter. Already follow you on everything else!

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  18. I would LOVE to win this! I'll use it to paint some outdoor benches & my kitchen cabinets too!

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  19. I am now following Graco on facebook!

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  20. Wow! I would love this. My first house burnt down in 1999 due to an electrical fault. In building a new home I made hasty decisions that have since become outdated. I am in the process of tearing out carpet in 3 bedrooms and cheap vinyl tile in the bathrooms. I will be replacing it with laminate wood flooring. Rest of the house is ceramic tile. My whole interior is painted in a flat white (eggshell). I would love to repaint with color and accent walls giving my home a modern look.

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  21. I'd paint the four rattan balloon back chairs that I just bought off of CL with the Graco!

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  22. now following Graco's FB page

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  23. I would love to spray paint my kitchen cabinets with fresh white paint!

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  24. I would paint my patio table.

    mandaoverturf at yahoo dot ocm

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  25. What WOULDN'T I paint with a sprayer? I'd paint walls, thrifted furniture, doors, and the ceiling (after scraping off the 1970s popcorn texture).

    I spent 6 hours priming and painting our kitchen and an open stairway yesterday. And I will need to do a second coat- sigh.

    Jordan, make sure you give your desk time to cure. That way it'll stand up to regular use. Also, your studio space is beautiful. It's already got an Emily Henderson vibe going for it!

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  26. I just "liked" you on facebook. I'm excited to see updates from you there!

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  27. Table looks great Jordan. Look at that impressive footwork by Scott while he is spraying, Coach Anderson would be proud! I would use the sprayer to actually complete a project BEFORE the baby wakes up for once!

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  28. I'd paint our headboard a new color!!

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  29. So pretty!!!! I definitely need to give our front door a major face lift!! Due to heavy rains/weather/hail storms the past 2 years, the door has quite a beating! However, I'm also thinking my husband's OLD/BACHELOR furniture set that I'm dying to paint along with some new knobs for a fresh new look in our guest bedroom! Please help me!!!!!

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  30. I liked Graco Paint Sprayers on Facebook!!!

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  31. I just retired and I have so many things I want to paint and this would help me tremendously. My kitchen cabinets, a desk, a small table, etc. etc. etc.

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  32. I would use this to paint my kitchen table!

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  33. Following you on Facebook!

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  34. And following you on Twitter, too.

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  35. Like/following Graco Paint Sprayers on Facebook.

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  36. Going to follow you on facebook/already following Graco on facebook.
    What a beautiful job this sprayer does, and I can sure use one.

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  37. My husband and I always love a good DIY project. We are both teachers and plan to refinish/paint a coffee table and daybed over our summer break.

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  38. I follow you on Instagram and love seeing pictures of your home adventures!

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  39. Hello! I would use the Graco Sprayer to paint 7 full-size doors for a Pinterest project! We found a photo on Pinterest where they used the doors as a sort of double-privacy-fence, and painted each a different pretty spring color. I hope this will dress up my plain fence, with a pop of girly color!

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    1. Sorry, my user name is FinnyFish2. Not sure why that didn't post.

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  40. I also follow you on Facebook, and I just liked the Grace Facebook page. Thank you for posting the contest! (FinnyFish2)

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  41. I would paint Mia's bed, my night stand, and a side table. With the new house renovations and redecorating the sprayer would go to good use!! :)

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  42. We recently bought a new home, so the better question would be: "What wouldn't I paint with this thing?" I, too, have a table that desperately needs a little paint-love. I have been dragging my feet b/c it has too many nooks and crannies. I do hope I win!

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  43. I follow Graco on Facebook.

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  44. i tweeted about the giveaway.

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  45. My husband and I are painting our house exterior. This would be GREAT to use for our shutters and front door!

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  46. I'd like to repaint my bedroom. We asked for a color called "Grayish" and ended up with a color that is "bluish". :/

    I already follow you on FB and Twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway.

    Hand it over. ;)

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  47. I have been researching paint sprayers this week! We close on our new house June 19th, and I want to paint nearly every room before we move our things in! Plus, our dresser could use a little updating... : )

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  48. Now following the blog on Facebook!

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  49. Annnd following you on twitter.

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  50. Oops I think my first comment was eaten! I have been researching paint sprayers just this week, because we are closing on our new house in less than two weeks and I want to get nearly every room painted before we move our stuff in!

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  51. Also following Graco on Facebook.

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  52. And following Graco on Twitter.

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  53. I would use it to paint my sons furniture. It's all hand me downs and it could use a fresh look with a new coat of paint.

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  54. I am following Graco on facebook

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  55. I am following Graco on twitter

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  56. I really really would love to have a Graco Truecoat Plus. I would spray every bathroom & kitchen cabinet & door in my house & live happily ever after!!! PLEASE pick ME!!!

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