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Earlex HV5500 Spray Station Review & Buffet Before and After!

Earlex HV5500 Spray Station Review & Buffet Before and After!
Disclosure: I received the Earlex HV5500 Spray Station for free in exchange for this review. Even so, all opinions are my own.

If you're a painter (a professional or a DIYer like myself), fasten your seat belts because I'm about to rock your world with the awesomeness that is the Earlex HV5500 Spray Station! I was extremely disappointed by another paint sprayer that I've tried before, but I've learned that it's not that all paint sprayers are bad, but I was simply using the wrong sprayer for what I do. The Earlex HV5500 has very little over spray, can spray many different types of paints, stains, and varnishes, and is super easy to use. Aka it's perfection!

Let's go over some basics, shall we?

Earlex HV5500 Spray Station Review & Buffet Before and After!

The spray gun looks hardcore and is hardcore. The whole gun is metal, which makes it extra durable and long-lasting (perfect for a clumsy DIYer like me).  It also has a stainless steel needle and the inside of the paint pot is coated with Teflon! The paint literally slides right off of it when cleaning.

Earlex HV5500 Spray Station Review & Buffet Before and After!

 In the box, you'll receive a viscosity cup. This nifty tool (along with the instruction manual) will tell you if you need to thin your paint or if it will go through the machine as-is. For my project below, I used a paint and primer in one, which needed to be thinned. I simply added water and it worked great! For the top coat (Polycrylic), I didn't have to thin it at all.

Earlex HV5500 Spray Station Review & Buffet Before and After!

With a quick turn of the lever, you can lock the paint pot into place and you're ready to go. I loved that I didn't have to worry about paint spilling out when I moved around or got in hard to reach areas.

Earlex HV5500 Spray Station Review & Buffet Before and After!

While painting, it's so easy to change the spray pattern from horizontal to vertical. The little piece on the front of the gun literally just clicks into place, and you can go back and forth as much as you want (and you don't have to turn the gun off or anything). This simple switch can help you achieve a beautiful, even finish.

Earlex HV5500 Spray Station Review & Buffet Before and After!

Another awesome feature the sprayer has is the ability to change the paint flow by twisting the knob on the back of the gun. This basically pushes more (or less) air through the gun, which causes more (or less) paint to come out. I found that I liked keeping the air flow pretty low so I had more control over the paint. When I turned up the air flow, I found that I was more likely to get drips. This setting will depend on the type of project you'd like to do, but I would suggest practicing on a scrap piece of wood or cardboard before painting your project or piece of furniture.

Earlex HV5500 Spray Station Review & Buffet Before and After!
(Image via Artdec)

Where does the air come from? The bottom portion of the machine (which I somehow forgot to take a picture of in my excitement to get started). The tubing conveniently wraps around the base for easy storing. Just take it out, attach one end of the tubing to the base, and then attach the other end of the tubing to the back of the gun (more detailed instructions come with the machine, of course). I loved how long the tubing was and how everything can be stored together once I'm finished.

Now for the before and after!

I started with this buffet from a client:

Earlex HV5500 Spray Station Review & Buffet Before and After!
Earlex HV5500 Spray Station Review & Buffet Before and After!
Earlex HV5500 Spray Station Review & Buffet Before and After!

I removed the hardware, sanded the piece, and prepped my work area. It's important to tape off any parts of the piece you don't want to paint and cover the area surrounding your piece with drop cloths. While the over spray is far less than the other paint sprayer I've tried, there is still some over spray. I hung up plastic sheeting in my garage and put a drop cloth on the floor underneath the piece. I also taped off the sides of the drawers and hinges.

Like I mentioned before, I had to thin my paint a little bit because I used a paint and primer in one, but it was super easy to do. Once my paint was thinned, though, I was ready to start spraying!
 I did two thin coats of black paint, cleaned the gun, and then finished with a coat of Polycrylic.

The results? A beautiful, smooth finish!

Earlex HV5500 Spray Station Review & Buffet Before and After!

Oh and the spindles that once made me cringe (because spindles and small parts are just so hard to paint well)... they're practically perfect in every way.

Earlex HV5500 Spray Station Review & Buffet Before and After!

I also spray painted the existing hardware with a hammered silver paint.

Earlex HV5500 Spray Station Review & Buffet Before and After!

The finished look:

Earlex HV5500 Spray Station Review & Buffet Before and After!

My overall thoughts:

I've used this machine several times now just to make sure the "honeymoon phase" never went away before completing this review. I can honestly say that I'm still in love with it! It makes painting 10x faster (even with the extra prep work), and it gives each of my pieces a better, professional quality finish. The only three things I could ever say are "negatives" are the extra steps I have to do to tape off everything and cover my work area, the machine is a little loud when running, and the gun can get heavy for my baby arms after a long day of painting. Even so, the good totally outweighs the bad and I can even turn one negative into a positive by saying my arms are getting a workout while painting ;-) If you want more information about the Earlex HV5500 Spray Station, check out the Earlex YouTube videos! I watched the videos before starting and felt so much more prepared and confident in using the machine. You'll find everything from spray techniques, how to thin your paint, and to how to clean and store the machine.

What do you think? Are you ready to try the Earlex HV5500?!


Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Creating an Awesome Entryway with Way Basics

Creating an Awesome Entryway with Way Basics

Disclosure: Way Basics sent me several free shelves in exchange for a review. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

Do you remember from the New House Reveal post how my front door opens right up into the living room? It doesn't really bother me except for the fact that my roomie and I don't have any where to put our "stuff." Our keys, purses, etc. end up in a pile on the floor, which isn't the cutest.

Way Basics has sleek and modern wall shelves that are the perfect addition to our entryway. I received a total of 4 shelves, but for now, I'm showing you what I did with one. The shelves are so versatile and are pretty easy to install.  

(Side note: their organizational products are made out of 99% recycled paper which makes me even more happy!)

In the package, you will receive instructions on how to install the shelves, wall anchors, and screws. I had every intention of taking photos of the installation process, but these were the only photos I took:

Creating an Awesome Entryway with Way Basics
 It's really hard to install the shelves and take pictures at the same time
Here's a screen shot though of the super simple instructions from Way Basics:

Creating an Awesome Entryway with Way Basics
I really loved that the bracket and the shelf were two separate pieces, which made hanging easy compared to other floating shelves. Even with the level, though, my shelf was a little off, so make sure you double check your level (and have an extra set of hands).

Now our keys can sit in this adorable vintage dish and we can pile our mail in style!

Creating an Awesome Entryway with Way Basics

I can't wait to show you what I did with the remaining shelves!

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

The Man, The Legend, The Stache: Celebrating Dad With World Market

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of World Market for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

If your dad is anything like mine, finding Father’s Day Gifts are difficult. Moms are good at dropping hints at what they want like, "Bonnie, I just lovveeeee this necklace-- I wouldn't be sad if you got it for me for Mother's Day." So when Father's Day comes around, I have a hard time figuring out the perfect gift. My Dad doesn't BBQ, drink beer, golf, wear ties.. you know, the stereotypical stuff that one would normally buy a dad. What does my Dad do? He works his tushie off, he helps me move furniture and work on projects every.single.time I visit him or he visits me, he loves the Lord with all of his heart, he's a sound guy at church and rocks at it, he knows how to fix almost everything, he's a master whistler... I could go on, but I won't. One more thing he has that seperates him from the other dads: a wicked awesome stache.
This year, I decided to put together an awesome Father's Day stache party with the help of World Market. Whenever I visit World Market, it's like the skies open up and the angels sing. From furniture to food, it rocks. This time was no different... I was on the hunt for fabulous serving dishes and other accessories to make the perfect party.
I bought several Coupe Dinner Plates (that I elevated with candle sticks), the Mini Tasting Chalk Talk Sampler Set pictured above, and a red striped ramekine to hold queso dip.
It's also no secret that I am not a cook, so I picked up several foods, too! I love getting food that is easy to make or is already made for me. It allows me to spend more time with guests and less time in the kitchen... and also lowers the risk of killing someone with my cooking.
I bought these yummy strawberry scones (you just add water!):
World Market Flatbread with cheddar cheese:
and chile con queso dip (it has an awesome kick to it):
I also made sugar cookies and created a cute decorating station using the chalkboard serving dish:
I also made cupcakes with a secret family recipe (aka out of a box). I added red icing to go with my red/white/black theme, and topped them with mustache toothpicks. I created the mustache toothpicks by hot gluing paper mustaches to World Market bamboo toothpicks. Aren't they fun!?
One of my Dad's favorite candies are twizzlers, so of course I added those to the mix as well.
I popped some popcorn, too, mostly because I wanted to buy these adorable paper popcorn boxes:
For drinks, I bought an affordable World Market drink dispenser for punch:
World Market also has tons of flavored sodas... I wanted to try them all, but brought home the pomegranate soda that was oh-so-tasty.
I also bought adorable paper straws that made my heart smile, but weren't too feminine for Dad. Then, I added some awesome paper mustaches with my handy-dandy hot glue gun.
I purchased these fun mustache drink markers, too. They're silicone so I can use them for other get-togethers in the future.
I have to say, for my first major party all on my own, I am pretty proud of myself.
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