Your Guide to Using a Paint Sprayer & a GIVEAWAY!

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a good week.  Today I have a new tool friend I want tell you all about and also give you the chance to win one!  For years I have heard of other DIY-ers using a paint sprayer and to be honest I thought it sounded intriguing but even more so intimidating.

Unlike some DIY-ers I didn’t grow up around power tools nor do I have husband who uses power tools SO if I’m to try a new power tool I’m on my own.  For this reason I can sometimes be reluctant.

But as often happens once I get the tool in hand it is so much easier than I had imagined it would be.  This is how it went with my new tool friend, the Homeright HVLP Finish Max Fine Finish Paint Sprayer (reminds me of the “official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle”).:-)

How to use the Homeright Paint Sprayer

Since I have had it (3 months now) I have had a chance to use it on several projects.  I first used it to paint a coffee table that I got at a stager’s sale (for $20) a pale blue color.Coffee Table Before


Paint Sprayer Coffee Table Results

Below is a close up.  I love the flawless results!

Upclose of Paint Sprayer Finish

When you use a paint sprayer you definitely need to lay down some kind of drop cloth.  There is a huge plastic one that I always get from Home Depot.  It’s about $4 but I use over and over an over again.

It’s also good to use the sprayer in a well ventilated area like a garage with the door opened.  I have used it in our basement a couple of times (which is not well ventilated) but I was sure to use a dust/paint mask.

Painting a Coffee Table

In the picture above I had only sprayed on the first coat (no primer was used).  I ended doing 2 coats total on both the coffee table and the chair behind it.

One of the things that made me apprehensive about using a paint sprayer is that I had heard “horror stories” of them clogging up with thicker paints, etc.  I didn’t want to have to deal with a clogged sprayer or with adding paint thinners and trying to figure out ratios.

In contrast to my fears and the “horror stories” the process is really simple!!

Just add 2 ounces of water to every quart of paint (I did this with latex and enamel paints).

How to Use a Paint Sprayer Paint to Water Ratio

The paint sprayer container is about a quart in size.  I just poured the paint into the container until it was almost full and then added 2 ounces of water.  Lastly, I stir the water and paint together with a paint stir stick.  I’ve had no clogging problems!

The other concern I had about using a paint sprayer was cleaning it!!  I had heard that they are a pain to clean and I’m not a good match for high maintenance tools.  Thankfully, it isn’t a big deal to clean (doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes get lazy and not clean in right away though).


I made a short video for all of you visual learners (which includes me)!

In the video I will show you:

  1. how to put the sprayer together once you get it
  2. how to take it apart for cleaning
  3. how to clean it
  4. how to use it

(Note:  I hate how my voice sounds in the video and thankfully my husband agreed that I don’t sound like that in person…phew)!:-)


In the video I forgot to mention that after cleaning the sprayer parts the owner’s manual suggests filling the container with water, turning on the sprayer, and spraying the water out of it for a thorough cleaning.  I’ve only done this 2 out of the 4 times I’ve used it and it has been fine.

Another project I used the sprayer on was to paint a design on an old carpet remnant we had in storage.  It became the perfect rug for the kids playroom.

I started by measuring out and marking the desired rug size.  Then used a rug cutter (looks like an exacto knife) to easily cut the rug to size.

What to do with Old Carpet Remnants

Then using painter’s tape I taped off the design I wanted to create.

How to Paint a Carpet Remnant

Then I used the paint sprayer to paint the border portion of the rug.

How to paint a rug

This wasn’t the first time I’ve painted a rug.  I also painted one, Here.  After the paint dries on the rug you can go over it a few times with a vacuum to soften the painted area up.  I’ve been really happy with my painted rugs.

Here is a short video of me spraying the rug with the Homeright HLVP Finish Max Fine Finish Paint Sprayer.

As you can see in the video, you move the sprayer back and forth over the area in an almost robotic way for best results!

I’ve been really happy with the smooth finish the paint sprayer produces and how much quicker and easier it makes certain projects (i.e. chairs, shiplap boards, painting upholstery, etc.).

Now it’s your chance to win one!!!

In order to enter to win leave a comment on this blog post stating what project you would use the Homeright Paint Sprayer on and then log into the rafflecopter below and click the box “I commented”.

For extra chances to win follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.

***Only US residents over 18 years of age can enter to win.  Winner will be chosen by random via Rafflecopter and notified promptly via email.  Giveaway ends Thursday, November 26, 2015 (Thanksgiving).  All information provided (i.e.: email address) is confidential.


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Disclosure:  I was given a Homeright Paint Sprayer in order to provide a review.  All opinions and content in this post are my own. Also if you end up purchasing the Homeright Paint Sprayer HERE I will get a small percentage of the sale.

Good luck and let me know if after watching both videos you have any lingering questions!!  I will do my very best to answer them!  And don’t forget paint sprayers are not scary…they are our friend.:-)


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Your Guide to Using a Paint Sprayer with Videos

51 thoughts on “Your Guide to Using a Paint Sprayer & a GIVEAWAY!

  1. Sally

    Wow, your projects look great! The videos are wonderful too, very informative. I have so many projects backlogged, but the biggest one that I want to do is an old secretary piece. That thing has been haunting me. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. Holly Walters

    All of my cabinets, kitchen and both bathrooms, badly need a couple of coats of paint. I would use the Homeright Paint Sprayer to happily spray all of my cabinets with a beautiful, streak and drip free coat of paint!

  3. Courtney

    Thanks for this post! It’s perfect timing for me – I just chose a paint color for our kitchen cabinets. My boyfriend bought this house 4 years ago and hadn’t done any updates on his own and now we’re starting the process of turning this little house into our home. I’ve been looking at sprayers because we want to lighten up the dark wood cabinets in the kitchen and the built-ins in the living room with paint. I heard stories about the horror of cleaning them too so thanks for including that in your video!

  4. Lori

    Thank you for your well-written and interesting blogs, and also for taking the time to put the videos together for us. I am learning so much! I have several pieces of furniture that I plan on painting. There’s an end table, a vanity/desk piece, and a thrift chair that need painting in order for me to make it a part of our home decor. A quality sprayer like the Homeright would be amazing to use! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  5. Holly

    I can absolutely relate to being the DIY’er in the family. My hubby is of the school that if something is not broken, it doesn’t need fixed, changed, updated…(head in hands) Slowly, I have been making updates by hand- painting a few pieces of furniture and I have a few more to go. I have been dreaming about a paint sprayer. A smooth finish ?! (heart-eyes), done in a fraction of the time?! (dreamy sigh). Good luck to us all!

  6. Denise P.

    I would love to have a Homeright sprayer for my houseful of solid wood doors! I can also think of a dozen more projects, too! The possibilities are endless. Love, love your tutorials!

  7. Susan

    I must be doing some thing terribly wrong because for the life of me I cannot pull up a place to actually leave a comment…it is either thank you for your comment or terms and agreement click here. It would be nice to win if I could figure out how to enter.

    1. Tamara Post author

      I’m sorry for the confusion, Susan!! This is where you comment then you go back to the rafflecopter enter in you email (or Facebook login) and then click “I commented”. Let me know if you have anymore problems with it!

  8. Lillian

    I thoroughly enjoyed the video tutorials! Very helpful and informative! The sprayer would save me soo much time painting my 17 year old son’s “barn” he built. I would LOVE to win!!!

  9. Dana

    Hi Tamera. I tried to enter to win the sprayer but it would not let me comment. It was just checked that I had commented??? I have been thinking if maybe getting a sprayer ti restrain my fence and my daughter and I want to try painting her sofa and I thought it might work for that. I am 73 which I know is old for starting to DIY but it is fun (usually) and I have some carpet pieces I was about to throw out but now might try painting them! The first blog of yours that I read gave me the courage to paint my ugly bathroom vanities and I want to try the kitchen cabinets. What kind of edger do you use when painting walls?

    1. Tamara Post author

      Hi, Dana, this is where you comment. So the comment you just made counts (just make sure you clicked on the button in the rafflecopter that says “I commented”). I love that you have started DIY-ing!! I think DIY-ing is so empowering.:-) As far as an edger goes I usually just use a trim brush which is angled and makes going along the edges a lot easier. Hope this helps!!

  10. julia

    I painted my kitchen cabinets white – and I love the results but when I get up close you see texture – I wish I had a sprayer. I have several furniture pieces that need a fresh coat of paint to bring them back to life. I’d love to have a sprayer for that – and redoing my cabinets!

  11. Sara LeSueur

    Recently, I was fortunate to receive my great grandmother’s kitchen cabinet which needs a lot of paint and TLC. I am sure I could restore this cabinet to its former glory with the paint sprayer, as well as leaving some it to more rustic appeal. Your projects are the inspiration I need!!!

  12. Kim Smith

    I have just this fall begun to chalk paint furniture. I am hooked! I love it, but have decided that a sprayer would make it much, much less time consuming! Especially for shutters! I spent 4 hours painting 2 shutters, front and back, for a shelf project.I decided then that I need a sprayer :-). Love your blog, and your creativity.

  13. Amelda Shaw

    I painted my kitchen cabinets using a paint brush and now my daughter would like for me to do hers. The paint sprayer would be a god send since i just had my hip replaced.

  14. Barbar keeler

    Bought a sprayer a few years back but never took it out of the box I was worried about cleaning it so I sold it at my garage sale. Wish I had seen your tutorial then. Keep up the good work u do. Good luck to all

  15. Runa Saunders

    I’m so excited about all the painting possibilities with the Homeright Paint Sprayer!!! Kitchen cabinets, dining table, chairs and hutch, makeover for our fireplace, patio cushions, armchair…rug…desk…dresser….the ideas are endless as the transformation begins!!!!

  16. chris aka monkey

    i haven’t ever seen anyone paint a rug with the homeright before wow i was impressed with that i have so much old stuff it all needs a coat of paint starting with my bedroom furniture thanks and happy thanksgiving xx

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