This post is sponsored by Wagner. All opinions are my own.
It is without a doubt fall here in Germany; there’s a chill in the air and the fall colors are absolutely stunning. We love the view from our balcony so much that we just bundle up and continue to sit out there (usually with a hot cup of coffee!) despite the temperature.
A few weeks ago, I found this little brown side table for just $5 at a local thrift shop and knew it would make a great addition to our balcony. The brown wasn’t stain, it was actually paint, so I decided the fastest way to upcycle it would be to paint it white and distress it lightly with sandpaper.
As always, when there’s spray painting to be done, I reach for my Wagner FLEXiO 4300 paint sprayer. It handles every job, large and small, is easy to use straight out of the box, and cleans up in just a few minutes.
So far this year, I’ve used my FLEXiO to paint our mailbox (see it here), the floor of our side porch (see it here), our porch swing, and our wicker porch furniture (see it here).
For smaller projects, like today’s, I use the gravity-feed spray nozzle that’s pictured on the FLEXiO below, except I used the smaller size cup. For larger paint jobs (like my porch floor), the iSpray nozzle is the best choice. All three of these options are included with the FLEXiO 4300.
I began by wiping the table down and letting it dry. If you have any chipping or peeling paint, you might need to sand the surface or even scrape peeling paint off first (be sure to wear a mask!).
I used flat latex paint right off the shelf (no thinning necessary for this project!) and set my material flow setting to medium and the air power to high. The FLEXiO is easy and intuitive to use straight out of the box, but if it’s your first time using a sprayer, just practice on a piece of cardboard first so you can practice adjusting the flow control and spray shape and width.
The benefit to using a sprayer even on a small project like this is fast, even coverage–it’s no fun to paint spindles with a brush! I covered the entire table in about five minutes with one-coat coverage. Clean up is super fast with the FLEXiO, as well. Just rinse it with water for latex-based paints.
After the table was completely dry, I used medium grit sandpaper to lightly distress it.
Now the table fits in perfectly on our balcony with the touches of fall that I’ve added.
Aren’t the trees beautiful right now? I am still in love with our view.
Harley, however, is enamored with the pumpkins!
I’ve also debated putting this little table outside next to our front door; I think it would be the perfect place to put a plant or two to welcome guests to our building. So it might move down there soon, but for now I’m enjoying it on the balcony.
You can learn more about the FLEXiO here; if you don’t have a paint sprayer yet, it’s truly the best one I’ve used.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for stopping by!
You do have an amazing view on your balcony.
Germany is about to go into a month of “Lockdown Light” for Covid so I am more thankful than ever for a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy!
The table looks great but the view is stunning! I would spend a lot of time out there too!
Thanks, Pat. It’s funny because we were expecting to live on base without a balcony, so I put most of our furniture in storage. Now we want to buy a table or conversation set and it’s so hard to find things off season here. So I have a lot of open space still, but hoping to fill it up soon!
Beautiful view! We lived in Stuttgart several years ago and LOVED our time there! Enjoy every minute!!
Thanks so much, Anita. We are grateful for the opportunity to live here. It’s such a lovely city, isn’t it?
What a cute table. I’ve always wanted a paint sprayer and I’m gong to look into this one for sure. thanks for the info.
Also, I absolutely love your dough bowl! Did you get it in Europe? It’s the biggest I have seen.
Isn’t it just crazy huge? I joke that it’s more the size of a trough than a bowl. It’s originally from Belgium, but I bought it in Nashville, TN, at the flea market there in 2013. Now it’s traveled with us back to its original continent. 😉
PS You will love this sprayer–seriously. It does everything.
Heidi Colton says
I have never seen such a large dough bowl! Where did you get it? I would be enjoying that view as well. Did you put any kind of protectant on the table? Winters can be cold and nasty., with lots of rain.
Isn’t it enormous? It’s really even too big to put on my dining room table as a centerpiece. It’s originally from Belgium, but I bought it in Nashville, TN, at the flea market there in 2013. Now it’s traveled with us back to its original continent!
I did not put a sealer on the table and will probably move it inside for the winter. You are right about the rain–it’s already a daily occurrence!
PS We have internet! Hallelujah!