*Thanks to HomeRight for partnering with me on this post. This post contains affiliate links*
I've been painting furniture for a looong time, but I've always been a little hesitant to try a paint sprayer. Was it a waste of money to buy something inexpensive? Did I really need to shell out a couple hundred dollars on a sprayer? What if it didn't work? And, as a Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint retailer, I primarily use that paint. And, let's be honest, there's always a few lumps in the bottom of my cup, which would just clog a sprayer up. Well, I'm here to tell you that you DON'T need an expensive sprayer and that you CAN spray Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint (or any other powder paint)! Let's get started!
First up, let's talk sprayers. I remember my friend Kristy at Robb Restyle used the Homeright Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer. She loves hers and it's on the more affordable side at about $70. I had a hard time finding a tutorial on how to use a paint sprayer with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint and I was excited that Homeright was willing to partner with me for this tutorial (*Red Door Furniture Co. was provided a paint sprayer in exchange for this post.)
The photo below makes me a little sad. My sprayer looks so clean (I've already used it on several custom orders and to prep for Vintage Market Days).
To get started, mix up your milk paint. Read our tutorial on using and mixing Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint if you need help getting started. Consistency is key here! Thinning paint is usually required when using other types of paint in a sprayer. The viscosity cup that comes with the Finish Max sprayer takes out the guess work on consistency! Your milk paint mix should be on the thinner side. I also used Bonding Agent for a couple of reasons: I knew it would make the paint smoother (and easier to run through the sprayer) and I didn't want the chair to be chippy (which is what it's known for).
Secret Tip: Strain the milk paint in a fine mesh strainer before putting it in the container.
This will get rid of a majority of the lumps and leave you with a smooth paint. Strain it a couple of times for even better results.
From here, just follow the directions that come with the sprayer. If you haven't checked the viscosity, do that now (it's not as scary as it sounds!) Then, spray away!
You can see below that I still got a couple of small lumps that slipped through. No worries! I just picked them off.
I sprayed the chair with two coats of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint (a Boxwood and Layla's Mint mix). A light distressing and a coat of Antiquing Wax gave it a perfect worn and well-loved look.
The Finish Max sprayed Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint beautifully! It makes complicated projects (like chairs and insides of cabinets) much easier and faster. Currently, I'm using it to spray milk paint on an antique china cabinet. I can't wait to share those results with you!