Painting Antique Spindle Beds with the Wagner Flexio 3000 Paint Sprayer - Home and Hallow (2023)

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Thank you to Wagner for so kindly providing the Flexio 3000 and for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions are my own.

Antique Spindle Beds: Before and After

These sweet antique spindle beds turned into quite the labor of love! Today I’m showing you how I completely transformed them using the Wagner Flexio 3000 Paint Sprayer.

Before we get started, here’s a quick look at the before and the after. The intricate antique spindles paired with the classic navy paint color have me seeing heart eyes!

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And if you prefer to watch the entire process condensed into a short three minute video, well here it is! If only I could work that fast in real life!!

You can also see more details and watch videos of the entire process over on Instagram!

Facebook Marketplace Antique spindle beds

I love spindle beds (so classic!), and I love the idea of little boys sharing a room with twin beds. Ever since we found out we were having a second boy I’ve had dreams of John Davis and Fletcher sharing a room together while they grow up.

I’ve been saving all the classic little boy room inspiration HERE while checking Facebook Marketplace just about every single day for a pair of matching antique Jinny Lind twin beds.

I had just about given up because they seemed almost impossible to find!! You can easily find one single bed, but it’s near impossible to find a set of matching twin beds in good condition.

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I came across this listing on Marketplace one day and didn’t even think twice about it. I sent the seller a message so fast saying, “I want them!!”

She was located in Birmingham, Alabama but I was more than willing to make the three hour drive to pick them up. Turns out Mother and Daddy had already planned a quick trip to Birmingham that exact same week to visit my Grandmother for Mother’s Day. They were able to pick them up for me while they were there! I think these beds were just meant to be 🙂

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I got the beds home and absolutely loved them! They were in such great condition and were so heavy and solid. Why don’t they make beautiful furniture like this anymore?!

Only problem? Whoever painted them before me did an awful job!!!

(Video) How to Paint Antique Spindle Beds with the Wagner Flexio 3000

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This is why paint prep is so important! They painted right over uneven surfaces and left sloppy drip marks everywhere! That just wasn’t going to work for me.

Here’s my little caveat about DIY: I like DIY that doesn’t look like DIY. If you’re going to take the time to do it, then go ahead and do it right!

So I got started on prepping these beds for paint the correct way. And my oh my was it a lot of work! I spent way more time prepping them than I did painting them, but the payoff was well worth it in the end!

Materials

Here’s everything I used to refinish and paint the antique spindle beds:

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Step One: Sand, Sand, Sand!

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The first step is to sand all surfaces until they are completely smooth.

The previous horribly uneven paint job + intricate spindles made for an extremely time-consuming, tedious task!

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I sanded every surface twice: First with a medium grit sandpaper, and second with a fine grit sandpaper.

I used our electric sander to sand all of the flat surfaces. This was so easy and took hardly no time at all!

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Next I used sanding sponges to sand all of the spindles. Talk about tedious!! I thought I would never finish.

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It was extremely messy and I was covered in blue dust from head to toe!

Step TWO: Prepare a painting area

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To prepare a panting area I pulled the beds out into our driveway.

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I covered the driveway with plastic drop cloths to prevent any overspray from getting on the concrete.

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I propped each bed leg on a paint can to elevate the beds above the ground. This allows you to get the bottom of the bed legs.

I covered the paint cans in plastic grocery bags and secured them with painter’s tape. This kept the paint cans from becoming covered up in paint! (There would be nothing worse than having a bunch of paint cans in the garage and not being able to read the label to tell what was inside of them!)

Step Three: Wipe away dust with tack cloth

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The next step, and arguably one of the most important steps, is to wipe away all dust from the beds.

If there is any remaining dust on the beds your paint will not adhere correctly and you will end up with an uneven and rough finish.

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There was so much dust from sanding that I used a two step process: first I wiped down the beds with damp old rags.

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Next I used tack cloth to wipe down the beds a second time.

Even though they felt clean to the touch after the first wipe down, the tack cloth pulled off so much more blue dust!

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Step four: Picking a paint color

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Finally! After all that prep it was finally time for the fun part: paint!

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I went to our local Ace Hardware store and picked up three samples of Benjamin Moore navy paint.

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The clear winner was Benjamin Moore “Hale Navy.” It is the most beautiful true classic navy paint color!

Step five: Time to paint!

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After spending so much time sanding these spindle beds by hand, I knew that trying to paint them by hand with a brush would not only be an extremely time consuming task, but it wouldn’t give me the smooth, professional-looking finish that I was going for.

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Wagner was so kind to send me the Flexio 3000 Paint Sprayer, and let me just say that it is now by far my favorite DIY tool I own! I don’t know how I lived without one for so long!

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I met with some of the Wagner associates last year at the Haven Conference and got to try out the Flexio 3000 in person while I was there. I was instantly sold!

This sprayer is hands down amazing and so much fun to use! It comes with two different nozzles and every single setting is completely customizable. This makes it perfect for any size or scope of project: from painting detailed pieces (like spindles!) or cabinets and trim, to painting large walls and siding- it will do the job!

It’s very intuitive and easy to use, and Wagner walks you through exactly which settings to use on every project.

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I used the smaller Detail Finish Nozzle for the spindles and the paint went on as smooth as butter!

Not only was it ten times faster than a brush, I could have never achieved even close to as smooth of a finish without the sprayer.

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Once I got spraying this job went extremely fast!

I think I picked the hottest day in the Georgia summer to paint these beds!

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I sprayed two full coats on both beds in less than two hours!

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Other than being completely blown away by the time saved and the professional grade smooth finish, I was shocked at how much paint I saved by using the sprayer. I barely used any paint at all!

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The picture above shows how much paint was gone after painting two full coats on both beds. I could have gone with a quart of paint instead of a gallon and still had some left over!

A huge time and money saver.

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The Wagner Flexio 3000 far exceeded my expectations and I couldn’t love these beds any more!

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The paint dried very quickly in the hot Georgia sun.

Once they were dry to the touch I pulled them inside the garage to let them cure over night before bringing them inside.

Putting the beds together

Once I got them inside I had SO much trouble trying to get these beds put together. No matter what I tried the bed rails just didn’t “fit.”

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I spent way too much time trying every single configuration that I could think of. I finally laid the rails out and realized that every single bed rail was a completely different length!

I came to the realization that these bed rails were not the original bed rails. Antique bed rails were shorter and will not fit our modern day size mattresses. So at some point someone replaced the rails with whatever they could find to make them work.

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I finally got them together (they are definitely not perfect, but they work!) and put the box spring and mattress on one of the beds.

Another roadblock! Modern day mattresses and box springs are not only longer than antique mattresses, but they are also a lot deeper/taller.

Once I layered the box spring and the mattress on the bed, they sat up way too high and covered up all the spindles that I had worked so hard on.

I set out to Home Depot to create my own easy fix.

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I selected two pieces of plywood and had Home Depot cut them to size in the store. This saved me time and work and made it easier transport them home.

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I added additional bed slats for more support and then set the mattresses right on top of the plywood.

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Such an easy fix and now the mattresses are the perfect height! John Davis and Fletcher gave their approval : )

When the beds aren’t made (see bed on the left), you can see some of the plywood. I plan to either paint it or cover it in a white sheet to conceal the plywood. Not a big deal though, because you cannot see it once the bed is made up with the duvet.

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Here’s a peek at what the beds will look like all made up!

I can’t wait to finish up this space! I will be repurposing two statement pieces we already have to go above the beds (hint: monograms 🙂 ) and I will be refinishing a nightstand to go in between them. Stay tuned!

FAQs

Can you use chalk paint in a Wagner sprayer? ›

Would you like to use chalk paint but without the brush strokes being visible? No problem! You can also apply chalk paint with WAGNER paint sprayers.

How do you use a Wagner Flexio 3000? ›

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You can paint your bed frame with spray paint or with a brush. Here are the steps to follow and do the job the quick way, i.e. with spray paint: Dismantle the frame and prop up the pieces on bricks, boxes or crates. Spray on a primer if the metal isn't already coated or is shiny or new.

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Fill the spray gun pot about halfway with Chalk Paint™. Now thin the paint by adding very small amounts of water at a time, stirring thoroughly to ensure the paint and water is fully combined. It's important not to thin the paint too quickly.

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Do I need to dilute the paint when spraying with a HVLP paint sprayer? Diluting may be necessary on smooth surfaces and for viscous, gel-like materials. Mixing with water is also recommended if the atomisation is too coarse or the volume of paint is too low (even on the maximum setting).

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You can just paint the iron bed in any color you like. If you like bright bedroom paint the bed in white or cream colors. But if you like vivid colors make it look modern with some strong maybe neon colors.

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Apply paint to the flat sections of the headboard. Now use a brush to apply paint to the headboard's details. Apply a coat of paint to the cubbies using the paint brush and roller. Once the paint is dry, you can lightly sand the finish with a sanding sponge and apply a second coat, if necessary.

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How much do you dilute paint to use a sprayer? ›

Add ½ cup (118 milliliters) of water for every gallon of paint. Mix thoroughly. Check the thickness by running the paint through a funnel. If it flows freely through the funnel, you know the paint is thinned enough.

Do you need to dilute paint for spray gun? ›

Choose the Paint for the Sprayer

HVLP paint sprayers work with oil-based paint, but thicker paints such as water-based latex can clog the sprayer. Combine a half cup of water for every gallon of latex paint in a bucket and stir thoroughly to thin its consistency before using latex paint an HVLP gun.

Do you have to thin paint for a HVLP sprayer? ›

HVLP (high Volume, low Pressure) Paint Gun

These types of sprayers can also be used with latex paints and indoor applications. However, the paint will need to be thinned out quite a bit. Start at 10% water, then add more until you achieve the desired consistency.

Can you spray chalk paint with a sprayer? ›

Yes, absolutely! Chalk-style paint can be applied with a paint sprayer. If we want a smooth finish, without brush marks and we really want to speed up the application process we can apply chalk-style paint with a paint sprayer.

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Should I spray or brush chalk paint? ›

To me, spray chalk paint is the PERFECT paint for smaller pieces that you want a super smooth and solid finish on, or pieces with intricate details that might be difficult to paint with a brush. I would not refinish a large dresser with chalky finish spray paint because you would have to buy so many cans of it.

How do you spray paint furniture with chalk paint? ›

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How do you paint furniture with a spray gun? ›

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Can you spray all in one paint? ›

ALL-IN-ONE SPRAY PAINT – Krylon black spray paint delivers best in class adhesion, durability and rust protection. This all purpose spray paint bonds to difficult surfaces without sanding or priming, including plastic, wood, metal, PVC, tile and more.

Do you sand between coats of Dixie Belle Paint? ›

Lightly sanding between coats with a Fine Flexible Sanding Pad or sandpaper (grit 320 and above) will give you an even smoother finish. Watering down the paint a little for the second and third coat can also help to achieve this finish.

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Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint is a water-based paint with adhesive qualities designed to eliminate the need to sand, prime or prep.

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A typical sample can of wall paint—the kind you buy to test out colors before committing—is 8 ounces, can cover up to 16 square feet, and costs just a few bucks.

Is spray painting furniture better than roller? ›

Spray painting is faster than brush painting. Most spray paint is oil-based and provides a more durable finish than latex paint. Spray paint can be used on practically any surface, including wood, metal, wicker, plastic and resin. Spray paint dries much more quickly than brushed-on paint.

Do you have to sand before chalk painting? ›

Annie Sloan's brand of furniture paint will adhere to most surfaces without any sanding first. Chalk Paint® has incredible sticking power so it really doesn't need any surface prep in the vast majority of cases. You can even paint directly over hardware, if you wish.

Why is my spray paint chalky? ›

Powder residue after spray painting happens when you paint outdoors when it is hot or in the sun. The paint spray dries before reaching the surface and it cannot level because of too rapid evaporation. It can also be caused if you hold the can too far away.

Can you spray paint old furniture? ›

You can revitalize almost any piece of furniture with a few coats of spray paint. And once you've got the technique down, you'll be surprised at how easy—and addictive—spray-painting can be!

What is the best spray paint to use on wood furniture? ›

Best spray paint for wood furniture

If you're looking for the best spray paint for wood, I would recommend Rust-Oleum brand. Rust-Oleum has been a tried and true spray paint for years. It results in an amazing finish, has quality coverage, short drying times, and long lasting durability.

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