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Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After
Disclosure: I received the Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer for free in exchange for this review. Even so, all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

Hey, friends! I'm so excited to share another fantastic paint sprayer and a bathroom before and after with you guys! Before we get to the before and after, let's go over the main features of the Wagner Flexio 890 Paint Sprayer! There's plenty more to see and learn in the instruction manual, but I want to focus on a few features that I really love about this machine!

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

The entire system can be stored in the box it comes in, which is so convenient (especially when my garage is a hott mess and I can't find anything when I need it).

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

Something that sets this sprayer apart from the rest is that it comes with two spray nozzles! The iSpray Nozzle has a 1 and a half quart cup and is for larger projects. The Detail Finish Nozzle has a 20 fluid ounce cup and is for smaller projects. I love the ability to use either nozzle based on the size of my project. For example, I used the Detail Finish Nozzle on the project below because it was a small project. In the future I might be able to work on two projects at once, too, by switching back and forth between the two nozzles.

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

With one simple turn/switch, you can change the spray pattern (horizontal and vertical) and adjust the spray width. This really helps to ensure your paint is going exactly where you want it (which means less overspray and no wasted paint)!

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

You can also change the paint flow by turning the red knob on the back of the gun. This basically allows more or less paint to come out of the sprayer. If you're working with a thicker material, you'll most likely keep the flow control high. For thinner materials, you'll most likely keep the flow control low.

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

The air hose connects at the front of the power box and then the other end connects to the back of the sprayer like so:

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

The handle has to be twisted to lock it into place. This was hard for me to figure out at first (I didn't push it forward enough), but once I got the hang of it, it was easy peasy! I like that the handle and air hose lock into place -- when you're really into painting and moving the air hose around (or you know, dancing while painting, perhaps), it helps that it's totally secure.

The on/off switch is not only on the front of the power box, but there's also one on the handle. At first it seemed silly to have two, but it was so nice to turn the machine on/off in a moment's notice.

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

On the top of the handle is the X-Boost Power. This knob adjusts the air pressure going through the gun. It's hard to explain so I'm going to quote the instruction manual: "A high air power level will result in faster coverage and a smoother finish with thicker materials. Lowering the air power will result in larger drops of material being sprayed from the gun, and will create a slightly rougher finish."

If you're intimidated, don't be! The instruction manual has a detailed chart on the recommended material flow and air power settings for different types of coatings/materials. Part of the process is practicing, too! And guess what? Wagner totally thought about that! Check out this awesome practice poster:

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

Now, for the before and after!

My roommate, Crystal, wanted to redo her bathroom. Here's what it looked like before:

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

It's a small and awkward space with very little storage. This has the #RentalProbs series written all over it. She wanted to put a storage cabinet on the little empty wall across from the toilet:

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

Unfortunately, a cabinet just didn't work... the space was too small. One day at Hodge Podge, though, I found this adorable ladder shelf. It was like it was meant for the space!

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

It had some wear and tear, but nothing a little paint couldn't fix! Crystal chose a fun, bright green to match a picture frame she bought for the room. Enter, the detail finish nozzle! After hanging up plastic sheeting behind my work space and covering the floor with drop cloths, I sanded and painted this cutie in less than 30 minutes total! All the nooks and crannies of this piece seemed like nothing with the sprayer. The coverage was incredible, too! It. was. awesome.

I finished the piece with a brown metallic glaze to tone down the bright green color and this is how it looked after:

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

With a few mason jars and accessories, it's perfect for her bathroom!

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After
Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer Review & Bathroom Before and After

Is it bad that I'm jealous of her bathroom now!?

Overall thoughts on the Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer:

While the sprayer requires a little extra prep work (like covering my work area with plastic sheeting and drop cloths), the professional quality finish is worth it! It also cuts my painting time in half (if not more). The machine does have a loud hum, but it's no where near the noise I've heard from other sprayers. Overall, it's an awesome machine that I will continue to use! For more information, check out the Wagner Flexio 890 intro video, the Wagner Flexio 890 set up video, and the Wagner Flexio clean up video on YouTube!

If you have any questions for me about the Wagner Flexio 890 Sprayer, leave a comment below or email me. I'd be happy to answer any questions or give you advice!

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;

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 Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

(Disclosure: Paint-A-Pillow gave me a free pillow kit in exchange for this review. However, all opinions are my own.)

You guys know I'm all about an awesome stencil, right? I've created a paisley drum table, paisley cedar chest, stenciled bookshelf and more with the help of Cutting Edge Stencils. Now, they've created a sister company called Paint-A-Pillow, which combines their awesome reusable stencils with pillows! I've been looking for pillows for my living room for a long time, but couldn't find anything that I loved and went with the color theme. The concept of receiving a fluffy pillow insert, a lovely linen cover, choosing an incredible design, and choosing beautiful colors that match my decor perfectly -- um... am I in heaven? You can add more than one color at checkout and you can add embellishments like tassels, rhinestones, flowers, and studs, too!

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

I chose the Indian Arrows stencil with Ruby Red, Turquoise, and Black fabric paint. This isn't just any paint -- it dries soft and it's washable once you heat-set the paint, which is totally awesome if you have a crazy pup (like me) or kiddos.

Once I ordered my pillow, I received the cutest stencil kit! Even the packaging was impressive! I love it when companies care about the "little" details.

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

The cardboard frame around the pillow cover holds the stencil in place while you're painting away!

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

Follow the simple directions included in the kit and you'll have a custom pillow in no time. I did one red/black:

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

And the other one turquoise/black:

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!
(Side note: a typical kit comes with one pillow cover, but you can order additional blank ones like I did to create multiple pillows.)

Don't they go beautifully with my embroidery hoop collage?

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

Creating Custom Pillows with Paint-A-Pillow (+ a Giveaway)!

From start to finish (including the time it took for them to dry), I had new pillows in less than 2 hours! Yippee!

So, who wants to win their own Paint-A-Pillow kit?! 

Simply enter through the Rafflecopter below and the winner will be announced next week!

(Giveaway is only open to those in the US.)