FAQ Answered Here

What color are your hallway stripes?
Unfortunately, I didn’t keep the paint chip with the name of the color. Here’s the formula for Eggshell by Behr at Home Depot. White is “Ultra White” in eggshell by Behr.


What is the name of the paint you used on your yellow dresser?

Behr: Dragon’s Lair.

What color is your living room paint?
It is actually a Glidden paint chip that I had color matched to Behr. Below is a picture of the formula.

What colors did you use in your master bedroom?
See here.

Where did you get your hardwood flooring from?

It is Virginia Mills Handscraped from Lumber Liquidators.

Where did you get your dining room chandelier?

Z Gallerie.

Where are your canvas pictures in your living room from?

They are custom pieces from photographer, Michelle Rasmussen. Check her out here. Size: 30X30.

What do you use to spray your furniture?

When I’m doing a small job I opt for spray paint in a can. When I’m doing a big job I use a spray gun that attaches to my air compressor. Initially I bought a Wagner all in one deal that was under $100.00. It splattered paint everywhere and almost ruined my furniture. I returned it and bought and don’t recommend it.

My spray gun is a Husky, gravity fed gun from Home Depot. I’ve been very pleased with the results.


Here is my Porter and Cable air compressor.


I bought both from Home Depot. Ask a sales associate when shopping, they are very helpful. I’m often asked for tips on getting a good spray. My best advice is read the owner’s manual and follow the directions. I tend to never read the directions and then pay for it later. YES, you do have to strain the paint with cheesecloth first. YES, do dilute your paint with water as per directions. YES, plan to play and practice for a good 10 minutes before starting a project. Once you get the feel of using your sprayer, it’s easy!

Do you sand before painting?

To be honest, 99% of the projects I’ve done I haven’t sanded. I’ve just primed and painted. Not because I didn’t think it needed it but mostly because I get too excited and want to get on with the painting. I think sanding it always a good idea and advocate it as a better surface for your paint to adhere to. In reality, none of my pieces have suffered as a result of me not doing it. But, I’m going to start sanding. Next time.
What is your wallpaper source?

It is by Blue Mountain: BC1582135

Comments

  1. OMG, I like a fool! I emailed you about this and the answers were already on your blog! thanks for taking the time to email me back and not say”uhhh…I already answered this”!!!

    now I’m going to get my spray gun!

  2. When you spray paint big or small jobs do you put on a topcoat after? i have been finding sometimes the spray paint chips.. any tips?

  3. Ginabee,
    I haven’t ever used a topcoat and haven’t really had too bad of results. I have had a few tiny chips but nothing major. I’ve heard that using a wipe on polyeurathane or polyacrylic will solve that. I’m going to give it a try on my next project.

  4. Just the info I wanted! I’m not sure if you were saying you have a paint sprayer too, or if you just have the gun attachment & air compressor. If you have a sprayer, email me the info.

    Thanks for the link, Michelle!

  5. What is the name of the FABULOUS font used on your site? Love it!

  6. Janiam,
    Font is called “Honey Script” found on Da Font.com.

  7. Hi Michelle, I’m wondering if you red what I posted in the other section I guess is in here where I have to ask you about how did you stapled the fabric in the corners where you made the cut. I’d love yo hear from you. Thanks.

  8. Hi Michelle, I’m wondering if you red what I posted in the other section I guess is in here where I have to ask you about how did you stapled the fabric in the corners where you made the cut. I’d love yo hear from you. Thanks.

  9. Hi Michelle, I’m wondering if you red what I posted in the other section I guess is in here where I have to ask you about how did you stapled the fabric in the corners where you made the cut. I’d love yo hear from you. Thanks.

  10. Hi Michelle, I’m wondering if you red what I posted in the other section I guess is in here where I have to ask you about how did you stapled the fabric in the corners where you made the cut. I’d love yo hear from you. Thanks.

  11. Hi Michelle, I’m wondering if you red what I posted in the other section I guess is in here where I have to ask you about how did you stapled the fabric in the corners where you made the cut. I’d love yo hear from you. Thanks.

  12. Anonymous says:

    HI! I love your entire house. I am curious where your dining room chairs are from and are they bright white?
    Thanks!

  13. Anonymous,
    Dining chairs are from Room and Board. They are pretty bright white. However, my baseboards are painted Ultra Pure White by Behr and it is brighter than the chairs.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the quick reply about the chairs!!!

  15. We’re looking for a new ceiling fan and LOVE yours. Would you mind sharing the name of your living room ceiling fan and where you got it? Thanks!

  16. I just discovered your website and I LOVE it! I just have one question for you, does your arm ever get tired from spray painting? Everytime I spray paint my index finger and fore arm are sore the next day. What is a DIYer to do?

  17. Yvette,
    Try using this tool attachment. Your finger will thank you!

    Link: http://makezine.com/pub/tool/Spray_Can_Trigger_Handle

  18. Anonymous says:

    Are the crystals on your zgallerie like plastic or glass?

  19. Crystals are glass.

  20. Hi Michelle!

    I’m new to reading your blog and have a quick question for you. I have recently started painting/spray painting furniture etc. After seeing your paint gun in your faq section, I went out and bought it. However, I do not get a continuos spray with my air compressor. Yours seems to be about the same size. Do you get a continous or intermittent spray?

    Thanks for your help!

  21. Melissa,
    I get a continuous spray out of mine. A couple of tips:
    1. Make sure your paint is really thin. Sometimes if it’s too thick it will not be a continuous spray and often times splatter. You can thin it with water. If mine starts to splatter I’ll add more water to thin it out.
    2. Play with the knobs and valves. They will open up your spray nozzle wider.
    Good luck!

  22. Thanks so much Michelle. Looks like your tank is a 6 gallon and mine is 2 gallon. Looks like I’m off to buy a new air compressor!

  23. Hi Michelle,

    The striped pillows in your living room would be perfect for mine too- where did you find them?

    Thanks!!
    -Deanna

  24. I would love to know where you got your gray bedding in your master bedroom?

  25. Hi Michelle,
    Your blog has truly been an inspiration! I am moving into a guest house next month and want to give the bathroom a little facelift :) What is the name of the color you used to paint the cabinet. I’ve noticed its a little glossy and is the perfect black shade. Appreciate your help!
    Best,
    Andrea

    P.S. You look FAB pregnent!

  26. Hi Michelle,
    I love the bedroom! Where did you buy the bedframe?

  27. Stephanie-
    Bed in master bedroom from Z Gallerie.

  28. Where did you get your ceiling fans from? Do they give off much light?

  29. Maybe I am completely missing it, but do you have the Behr code or name for the yellow in your office/den and/or the yellow used on your dresser? Perfect shades & yellow can be such a hard color! Thanks, Carli

  30. I’m sure everyone tells you this all the time but I absolutely am in love with your home! My husband and I have a ghastly looking place, but, once we can I am remodelling and probably will copy all of your ideas. You are a pure interior design genius!

  31. Can you tell me what the name of the paint color the living room was color matched to? I am hoping to find a paint chip of it before I just go and buy it. I would appreciate it!! Thanks

    rdebary@gmail.com

  32. What do you do to get your grass loking so good?

  33. Tyson and Stefanie,
    I’m glad you think we have lovely grass and I hate to now reveal that it’s not exactly because of our skill. In Arizona we have grass year around. Our summer grass is hit or miss. The heat and sun really burn it up. If we really wanted to keep it pristine we’d leave the water running all day and night. Not practical or environmentally responsible.

    In the fall and winter we re-seed with winter rye grass and it is beautiful. The weather is cool and the grass really thrives well and looks like a golf course.

    Which I had some better tips. Good luck with that green thumb!

  34. Michelle,

    What camera do you use? Any tips you can provide to let us know how you get such wonderful, warm pictures?

  35. I saw your home featured on Peertopier.com. You have a beautiful home! Can you tell me the height of the stripes on your hallway walls? Also, I have been looking everywhere for a leather ottoman/table (although I need chocolate brown) and it looks like yours is close to the size I need, 48 x 48. Where did you find your white one?

    Thanks, Allison

  36. HI Allison,
    Thank you for your kind words. Unfortunately I don’t remember the height of the stripes. The ottoman was a DIY project see here: http://www.4men1lady.com/2010/06/diy-ottoman-tutorial.html

  37. Hi Michelle,

    I recently bought a vintage dresser with marble top & mirror online. Thougth about sanding it down and painting it – but when it arrived it turned out it had WAX on it instead of varnish….

    How do I get off wax in a cheap, quick way? Is there any type of paint that will stay on wax?

    Thanks!

  38. Hi, I linked to your blog through a pinterest pin that showed little boys’ superhero capes and masks/costumes, but can’t find the post. Help?

  39. Erin,
    Link to the Gentleman’s Tea Party here:
    http://www.4men1lady.com/2012/07/gentlemans-tea-party.html

    Thanks!

  40. Anonymous says:

    Hi, love the drapes? Please let me know we’re to find. I had no idea how hard it is to find white drapes.
    Thanks tw from San Diego

  41. White drapes are from Ikea!

  42. Mary Margaret says:

    I cannot find the link for the chalkboard that you had at your front door. Could you please tell me where I can find it?

  43. Mary Margaret,
    See link here:

    http://www.4men1lady.com/2012/11/front-porch-sneak-peek.html

    Thank you!

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