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Our block held a huge multi-family yard sale a few weekends ago, and besides purging our little hearts out and having an all around blast with our neighbors (day drinking, pizza and sunshine? Yes, please!), we had the chance to meet familiar faces from around the ‘hood. Think: Oh, you’re the mom of the brindle Pittie! Or, Ah, we’ve seen you ride by on your bike! So you say you’re on the next street over?

Early in the day, we met Diana. She went home with a toolbox, a handful of our tool duplicates and our instant camera (only because this one joined the family). We came to learn that she’s a furniture builder enthusiast and photographer, and we were all, hi, let’s be friends! I asked if she had any photos of her furniture work, and she showed me this DIY bed for her pup, Woof:


Is this too much, or is it too much? I asked if she’d be interested in sharing her work with all of you (i.e., Can I brag about how amazing you are and how much I love Woof?), and she was happy to do so! Here’s her story:

The bed is made from ChudoPly birch plywood, mixed with 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ boards, wood glue, sponge foam pads, neutral color fabrics for the blankets, cotton stuffing for the pillows, and artificial moss from the craft store. I wanted to simulate a real human bed as much as possible, so I hand sewed the miniature blankets and pillows. (To keep them from moving around, I tucked and sewed the blankets under the foam pad.) The moss is unglued, giving me the freedom to rearrange it however I would want in the future. For the finish, I usually prefer a satin finish spray, or I’ll leave it raw for that natural unprocessed feel; for this bed, I have left it raw.


I love cuddling with my Woof at night, but I always felt bad making him get off my bed during the day (to keep hair to a minimum). I thought that he deserved to have a bed of his own, but I wanted something custom made to his size, while being comfortable and aesthetically pleasing with my overall house environment. I had this bed concept designed for a long time in my sketch book, but wondered how I would make this giant bed frame – then I realized I can just build a small version of the human bed for Woof!


I wanted a design that was functional, appealing, and interactive. All my furniture shows simple and elegant design with a natural color palette that’s easy on the eyes. I love combining the functionality of planters with furniture because it not only looks great, but it creates an interactive experience with functionality and nature.


Diana went on to say that the next bed will include drawers underneath for Woof’s various bandanas and toys. Smart! Of course you must know how badly I want to stuff Woof in my pocket and bring him home with me? Those perfect ears. And muzz. And little white toes! (And it just gets better – she has a cat named Meow.)

She has such a vision for clean lined beautiful furniture – this chair, I die – and she takes on commissions, too. You can email Diana here (eunfoto AT gmail DOT com) for more information, and you can check out her furniture and stunning photo work via Instagram.

Thank you for sharing, Diana!

  • Kim - July 9, 2015 - 8:42 AM

    I find this absolutely hilarious. Thanks for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 9, 2015 - 9:53 AM

      Right? It’s too much! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Josh | The Kentucky Gent - July 9, 2015 - 9:06 AM

    That pup is too cute, and his little bed? Even cuter.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  • Rachel - July 9, 2015 - 9:28 AM

    Sooooo cute (both Woof and his bed)!!! The idea to add drawers underneath for dog accessories is a super good one, too!ReplyCancel

  • Shanna - July 9, 2015 - 11:33 PM

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME!??! Woof and Meow and personalized beds!?!???? I love this lady.ReplyCancel

  • Dezignable - July 14, 2015 - 10:27 AM

    Beautiful dog and adorable dog bed! The moss is a nice touch, and Woof looks especially pleased.ReplyCancel

  • mai - August 6, 2015 - 9:52 AM

    oh my goodness, this is the CUTEST thing.ReplyCancel



This post is in partnership with Wagner SprayTech.

Our three day weekend meant that, in between One Tail shopping and list making, we had an extra day to knock off another to-do on the garage list! (I’m sort of joking, and to be fair, we did take off an entire day to relax, brunch and celebrate the 4th with friends!)

This was a big one, and you guys, it changed everything. We knew we wanted to paint the entire interior of the garage, and although we really, really wanted to go pure white, we also knew it wouldn’t be the best decision in an area that – let’s face it – is just plain dirty. So although we didn’t go bright white, we did go pale (pale!) gray. We landed on Zen Pebble by Valspar in an exterior satin finish, and we had it mixed it to 75% strength to take down the intensity a notch.

The job called for a heavy duty paint sprayer, and being no stranger to these tools, we were happy to have the opportunity to partner with Wagner SprayTech again! We shared several photos of our work-in-progress garage with the Wagner team, and they recommended the powerful FLEXiO 990 for the job:


We prepped the garage by moving large items into the yard, pulling any exposed nails or hooks from the walls, vacuuming dust, vacuuming more dust, and vacuuming some more. We also taped off electrical outlets, the garage tracks and overhead lighting, and we covered the entire floor with plastic sheeting. I used painters tape to get as close to the base of the walls as possible, and we were careful to lift our feet when we walked as to not pull the plastic away from the perimeter. The prep alone took one full day, but it was so necessary to do the job well!

The FLEXiO 990 attached directly to our paint bucket, and one end of the hose feeds into the paint. The hose can reach up to a 2-story height, making it a more flexible tool for us to maneuver around the garage as we sprayed. Although this could have been a one person job, Scott and I worked together like this: He sprayed, and I held the hose high above any obstacles (we gathered smaller items into the middle of the garage) and moved the paint bucket along the way.


For the most part, using the sprayer was simple, although the job itself was very large. We may have been covered head to toe in paint by the end. (Worth it though. Totally worth it.) We ran into a couple of issues with the trigger, which was mostly remedied by increasing the air pressure and lowering the volume of paint. There were times when we would get sputtering paint with the initial pull of the trigger, and a call to the Wagner support team provided us with alternate ways to remedy the issue. It was good to know that there’s live customer support 6 days a week for any issues you may encounter! Side note: This job required a disposable jumpsuit, eye wear and respirator masks. Safety first!

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We had estimated 5 gallons of paint for the job, which, silly us! There was a quick run to the store to pick up another 5 gallon bucket mid-job, and in the end, we used the better part of 9 gallons for one coat overall – plus a few areas of touch-up. While we had initially took a good guess for the surface area of the plywood, we had crossed our fingers that the exposed studs wouldn’t add too much additional paint, but, lesson learned. (Still worth it.)

As if anyone needs more proof that paint is the most powerful tool in your DIY arsenal, let’s look back at where we began:


And here’s where we are today! (Never mind the window trim; that’ll get done by hand.)

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I know what you’re thinking; it looks white, right? In context with the concrete pad, it really does! Zen Pebble is a soft gray to begin with, and by having it mixed to 75% strength, it lightened things up immensely. Maybe we could have gone with bright white after all, but in person, the walls look warm rather than stark, and the overall vibe feels incredibly inviting – you know, being a garage and all.


In the last week, we’ve been able to cross more than a few things off of the garage list! We painted. We caulked. We picked up a mean slab of butcher block, bought a new exterior door and painted the cabinets, too!

Fix the leaky roof
Lumber storage
Bike Storage – got it!
Open metal shelving for bins + occasional use items – got it!
Wall treatment for cabinet wall (close up exposed studs)
Paint everything – no more bare plywood!
Reconfigure and paint cabinets
Install a countertop – purchased!
Epoxy/paint the unlevel/cracked garage floor – not this year, womp.
Wall of hooks/hanging storage
New side door – purchased!
Paint exterior trim
Re-caulk exterior siding
Repair/new garage door
Replace lighting with LEDs

We could not have completed this job without the help of a Wagner sprayer, and the FLEXiO 990 came through like a champion! The team at Wagner wants you to have the tools to knock out your big painting to-dos, and so together with Wagner, we’ll be giving away one FLEXiO 990 sprayer (a $249 value)! Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like. This giveaway is eligible for those located in the United States or Canada and runs through Friday, July 10th until 5pm CST. The winner will be announced within this post and contacted directly. Good luck and happy entering!

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This post is a collaboration with Wagner SprayTech. We were gifted the FLEXiO 990, and every word is ours. Thank you for supporting those that support us! xx.

  • Amber R - July 7, 2015 - 6:39 AM

    I change my mind on paint all the time, so this would be handy! I’ve repainted pretty much every room in my house and have only lived here for 3 years. Maybe I just make bad paint decisions the first time around?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 7, 2015 - 10:13 AM

      Nah, you’re just learning what you love. People thought we were crazy to paint our paaaaaale blue walls a paaaaaaale warm white, but after we did, it made our hearts SO happy! And all our guests walk into our living room and say, “it feels… different in here. It feels… cozier somehow?” Change is good!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - July 7, 2015 - 7:06 AM

    absolutely gorgeous. I need to do this in our garage. What a job!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@Biggerthanthethreeofus - July 7, 2015 - 7:07 AM

    oh man, this would be perfect for my sunroom, garage and shed! I can’t decide which one needs it more. Your garage looks so much better!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - July 7, 2015 - 7:18 AM

    I would really love to paint the outside of our house! Our garage needs some paint too!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - July 7, 2015 - 7:20 AM

    I need this for my basement. It would have helped with our shed too but it’s half painted by hand already. Your garage looks amazing!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie | The Spiffy Company - July 7, 2015 - 7:20 AM

    Looks great! I think you might be on your way to the fanciest garage in all the land ;)ReplyCancel

  • Mara - July 7, 2015 - 7:24 AM

    This would be perfect as we prepare to paint our basement with open beam ceilings like your garage. It would truly be a life saver!ReplyCancel

  • Karen @ year of serendipity - July 7, 2015 - 7:29 AM

    I’ve been eying one of these for my house flipping. Keeping my fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • Diana Razulis - July 7, 2015 - 7:34 AM

    We so need one of these for a big shed project we are currently working on – thanks for the recommend and crossing fingers to win!ReplyCancel

  • Kris - July 7, 2015 - 7:34 AM

    I’ve heard great things about this sprayer and it would be the perfect tool to get us going on our basement renovation!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - July 7, 2015 - 7:35 AM

    I have a stack of furniture in my garage waiting for paint, like it needs to be painted in the next month to get ready for our soon to come second babe! We have an older Wagner sprayer, which my husband tried using last night to spray some base boards before installing. Unfortunately the sprayer sporadically sprayed out big globs of paint, so he ended up just rolling on the paint in the end. A new sprayer would definitely speed up the process!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - July 7, 2015 - 7:40 AM

    I have been dying for a paint sprayer – this one looks awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - July 7, 2015 - 7:40 AM

    We are finishing our almost 1000sqft attic into my studio and I need to paint it.ReplyCancel

  • Mary G - July 7, 2015 - 7:49 AM

    My boyfriend and I recently bought our first house!! We are still waiting for news on our official closing date, but are so excited to get in and start renovating. The previous owners were heavy smokers and the whole house reeks of nicotine (YUCK)

    Our priority is definitely going to be ripping out all of the carpeting and painting the entire interior of the house. I think we could definitely take advantage of a tool like this!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 7, 2015 - 10:11 AM

      Congrats, Mary! Such an exciting time!ReplyCancel

  • rebecca orr - July 7, 2015 - 7:59 AM

    EVERYTHING!! It all needs to be painted. Cabinets, bathroom, 2 bedrooms, living room, and kitchen! I am ready to be rid of our paneling and wallpaper!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - July 7, 2015 - 8:09 AM

    This looks great! While I don’t have anything in my apartment that needs to be painted, my mom is always mentioning how she would love to paint their house.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - July 7, 2015 - 8:14 AM

    I can’t believe you posted this. Just this past weekend I was standing in our garage, that looks quite similar to yours actually, thinking “I wish we could paint the interior but it’s just too big of a job” You all made it look like a piece of cake with this sprayer!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 7, 2015 - 10:10 AM

      It wasn’t a piece of cake (took us a couple days between prep and paint!), but we could NOT have done the job without this sprayer! Doing it by hand would have been… torture. Literally, it could be an official form of torture.ReplyCancel

  • Molly W - July 7, 2015 - 8:24 AM

    It looks so clean and fresh! Can’t wait to see the garage when it’s all done!ReplyCancel

  • Laura C - July 7, 2015 - 8:27 AM

    Looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Merris Davey - July 7, 2015 - 8:28 AM

    We want to paint the exterior brick at our house and this looks like the perfect tool. We rented a paint sprayer to paint our last house, but would love to own one. I can think of lots of projects for this!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - July 7, 2015 - 8:33 AM

    Oh my gosh. I love it. I love that you look at a space and just say ‘meh, let’s paint it!’. I recently painted my kitchen floors (remodel is down the road so replacing seemed silly) – my husband thought I was crazy until I was done. Next up is the entire basement – both the finished off space (dark awful knotty pine – ouch) and the unfinished – exposed filthy concrete and cinder block. I love love love the soft gray. Good call for sure. Makes me want to do a soft gray in our basement now….ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 7, 2015 - 10:09 AM

      Holy smokes. This paint sprayer is MADE for your basement job!ReplyCancel

  • mara wolf - July 7, 2015 - 8:42 AM

    I have been helping my cousin paint her house. This would be a helpful tool. Love how your space turned out!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - July 7, 2015 - 8:43 AM

    You should do the window trim with a pop of colour! Navy anyone? Hot pink? Beautiful orange! DO IT!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 7, 2015 - 10:09 AM

      We have some ideas for a bright punch, Amanda! Not the window (although we thought about it), but something else a little unexpected!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - July 7, 2015 - 8:43 AM

    We are thinking of doing something similar in our garage. This sprayer sure would help!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - July 7, 2015 - 8:44 AM

    Our outside is nearly complete after two years of projects — except the last thing on the list: the concrete at the base of our house. It is screaming for a paint makeover…would love to tackle this project ASAP with a lovely sprayer!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - July 7, 2015 - 8:50 AM

    I marvel at your vision. This garage was a great space, but you are making it fantastic. I shouldn’t be surprised by what you have done with your house. But you are really miracle workers!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 7, 2015 - 10:08 AM

      Thanks so much, Mandy! It’s not us… it’s the paint. It changes everything. :)ReplyCancel

  • Anna C. - July 7, 2015 - 8:54 AM

    I would love a paint sprayer. My mom’s kitchen cabinets need to be painted and it would make that project and MANY more so much easier. I’ve never seen one where the hose goes right in the bucket of paint before.ReplyCancel

  • HollYo - July 7, 2015 - 8:54 AM

    The garage looks great! I would love to have the paint sprayer for painting cabinetry, and the interior of our attic!ReplyCancel

  • Meg C - July 7, 2015 - 8:56 AM

    I think this would be great to help us with our own garage AND to paint our interior doors. I’d love to do it in one go with a large ‘paint studio’!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - July 7, 2015 - 8:59 AM

    Wow! What a difference a coat of paint makes. Would love to get a fresh coat of paint on every wall of my house!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ - July 7, 2015 - 8:59 AM

    We definitely need one of these to paint our kitchen cabinets! This is something we really need to do, and painting them rather than replacing them will save us so much money. (Hint: so will a free paint sprayer! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Dana - July 7, 2015 - 9:03 AM

    Looks great! The paint makes it look so fresh! Would use sprayer for everything, apartment, garage, attic- you name it and I’ll use it.ReplyCancel

  • andee - July 7, 2015 - 9:17 AM

    Come on rafflecopter! Baby needs a paint sprayer; literally I don’t want to paint two freshing dry walled rooms with rollers while 8 months pregnant!ReplyCancel

  • Teran - July 7, 2015 - 9:18 AM

    I have been dying for a paint sprayer for a while, but I haven’t been able to justify its purchase yet. I’m (slowly) gearing up to paint my kitchen cabinets, and I feel like this would be hugely helpful in getting a quality finish. Thanks for the tips!ReplyCancel

  • emily - July 7, 2015 - 9:23 AM

    I am doing a complete renovation of a house that probably should have been torn down! I definitely will need a good paint sprayer here in the next couple of months!ReplyCancel

  • susan - July 7, 2015 - 9:23 AM

    so much painting to do…! thanks for the give-a-way!ReplyCancel

  • Brent - July 7, 2015 - 9:24 AM

    I live in a gorgeous prewar building that has suffered decades of layered-on paint, on any wooden surface that would sit still. It’s a pipe dream of mine to strip it all down to the bare wood, prime it, and paint it right and get a nice, even finish. No more globs, drips, or paint chips flying into my coffee cup when I open a kitchen cabinet!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 7, 2015 - 10:07 AM

      Now THAT would be a labor of love. And TOTALLY WORTH IT.ReplyCancel

  • Cimi Ryan - July 7, 2015 - 9:27 AM

    Our exterior needs painting as does the wood on our lanai.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - July 7, 2015 - 9:42 AM

    Oh… I have been looking for a paint sprayer. I have so many projects to paint… Chicken coop, deck…ReplyCancel

  • Emily K - July 7, 2015 - 9:46 AM

    Our whole upstairs is kilz white, so it badly needs painting. A paint sprayer would be idea for updating our outdoor furniture! So excited for this giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Molly S - July 7, 2015 - 9:48 AM

    This looks so great! I can’t believe you managed to tackle all of that in one weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Wellman - July 7, 2015 - 9:50 AM

    I would LOVE a paint sprayer! Your garage looks absolutely fantastic, what a difference. We’ve been painting our little hearts out these past few years, and are down to only 2 more bedrooms. Bring it on!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - July 7, 2015 - 9:52 AM

    WOW – what a difference a coat of paint makes in that space!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - July 7, 2015 - 10:06 AM

    Love it! We need to do the same thing to our basement. We are in the market for a sprayer! I can’t wait to brighten the place up. It’s so dark down there, even with lights. A bit of light colored paint makes a huge difference!ReplyCancel

  • GinnyG - July 7, 2015 - 10:07 AM

    We still need to paint the master bed/bath and guest bedroom. The trim is the deterrent to getting the job started. We already did our main living room and all the trim out there down the back hall. Gosh I wish we could use a sprayer to knock this job out!!ReplyCancel

  • amalisa - July 7, 2015 - 10:10 AM

    The garage looks great. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Simone - July 7, 2015 - 10:16 AM

    When we buy our first home we’re going to need to paint a TON. Would love to use this!ReplyCancel

  • Alex - July 7, 2015 - 10:17 AM

    Yessss, I am dying to paint my kitchen cabinets! A sprayer would be amazing.

    The garage looks fantastic… what a huge difference!ReplyCancel

  • Carley M - July 7, 2015 - 10:17 AM

    What a difference! Nice job!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - July 7, 2015 - 10:25 AM

    Oh man! We just replaced ALL of the siding on our house. Last step, painting! This thing would definitely make it go 10x quicker! Takes forever when all you have are brushes :)ReplyCancel

  • Josh | The Kentucky Gent - July 7, 2015 - 10:25 AM

    I’m sure this made that painting job SO much easier, love the all white!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  • Sage @ Plaster&Disaster - July 7, 2015 - 10:28 AM

    Holy smokes. We spent the entire three-day weekend painting an attic bedroom in our house white, and it was ENDLESS. I absolutely cannot show my husband your post, because a few hours into our process he asked if it would be faster to spray it and I said “shhh, just keep painting.” But we have plenty of other spaces still to tackle where we could give a sprayer a try! Your garage looks fabulous, well done!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Lynch - July 7, 2015 - 10:30 AM

    We also have a giant garage desperate for paint to brighten it up! This looks like it was a great solution, avoiding the weeks-of-mess I’m currently looking forward to.ReplyCancel

  • Jody - July 7, 2015 - 10:35 AM

    Not as big as your garage, but I’ve got some furniture pieces I would like to paint and and a sprayer would give them a really nice, smooth finish!ReplyCancel

  • Nathan - July 7, 2015 - 10:51 AM

    Our kitchen cabinets need painted! I think a paint sprayer would be the most effective way to get a good, smooth, finish. This would be perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - July 7, 2015 - 11:00 AM

    That looks amazing! Our next big painting project needs to be the porch, but I would love to do the garage someday!ReplyCancel

  • kelsey_tish - July 7, 2015 - 11:00 AM

    i desperately want to repaint our garage, we have some old pegboard up in there that smells intermittently and i’m hoping a fresh coat of primer and paint might help with that!

    Your garage looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra - July 7, 2015 - 11:06 AM

    My husband and I are planning on tackling and painting the exterior of our 100 year old craftsman bungalow this summer. We just purchased it and are sure it’s been at least 20 years since any paint touched it. It will likely take gallons and gallons of paint!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - July 7, 2015 - 11:08 AM

    We are about to completely re-do a great room. I can’t imagine doing this with a roller!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - July 7, 2015 - 11:15 AM

    Looks great! We have high hopes of drywalling our garage since Chris is out there all year round. The exposed insulation we added isn’t the best to look at.ReplyCancel

  • Dana - July 7, 2015 - 11:16 AM

    What a major facelift!!ReplyCancel

  • Houa u - July 7, 2015 - 11:20 AM

    Would love to use this to paint all our cabinets and doors! And really anything else that crosses our paths :-)!ReplyCancel

  • allison h - July 7, 2015 - 11:24 AM

    wow, that completely transformed the garage!! what a cool gadget!!ReplyCancel

  • Meadow Bliss - July 7, 2015 - 11:32 AM

    My entire interior needs painting…except for my kitchen. I love my kitchen but the painting was tedious. Every room looks like a person who just turned 21 and started drinking for the first time that day. I kid you not! EVERY ceiling, floor, molding, windows and anything else not meant to be painted the ugly, boring, beige-of-my-existence wall color has paint all over. Help!
    I love what you did with your garage. It looks so finished and crisp. Great job! Very motivating.
    -Meadow BlissReplyCancel

  • Daniel @ Manhattan Nest - July 7, 2015 - 11:33 AM

    NICEEEEEEEEE. So funny because I’m working on gutting out the old moldy drywall from my garage today, and was thinking about how nice it would be to paint it all out white before I do anything…and then thought “ugh, no, scale it back, you don’t have a paint sprayer and the garage is too full of shit to do it anyway.”

    So your garage will forever be nicer than mine, but I will be ripping off your simple wood brackets for storing ALL THE LUMBER and it will be so magical. On the bright side, mine actually has pretty heart pine shiplap sheathing under the drywall (can’t hate a surprise like that!), so I’ll be embracing a woodsy cabin vibe, I guess. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 7, 2015 - 12:24 PM

      Yes, rip away! They’re so sturdy – we even used them as a ladder at some points during the painting process.

      Also, all the heart eyes for your shiplap sheathing. Embrace it!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke D - July 7, 2015 - 11:34 AM

    My husband and I are looking to use v-groove pine boards to plank all the ceilings in the house we bought 2 years ago. I’ve always been a huge fan of midcentury modern homes and love the exposed beams and wood plank ceilings. That being said we will have to paint 362 boards (6″ wide by 8 foot long). Having this sprayer would save us so much time and produce a beautiful finish. Otherwise we have the basement ceiling which I think we’ll leave exposed but painted white like your garage, we have the aluminum siding to paint and all new doors and closest doors to paint. it’s never ending!ReplyCancel

  • kristy - July 7, 2015 - 11:35 AM

    i would love this – am hoping to paint the exterior of our house this summer (if i can get the weather to cooperate!)ReplyCancel

  • Andri - July 7, 2015 - 11:38 AM

    Wow, such a great transformation. It really brings out the architecture and beams. The color is perfect too.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - July 7, 2015 - 11:39 AM

    The outside of my house is really overdue for painting. I plannings on rolling it (large wide planks for siding, but notice how I said overdue? Yeah, been dreading it!ReplyCancel

  • Mercedes - July 7, 2015 - 11:52 AM

    My, oh my! We have a side porch that could use this treatment. Can NOT imagine how much brighter and more inviting this area would be if we could paint the raw wood. Like you, the thought of doing this completely by hand is totally overwhelming. Fingers crossed for a win!ReplyCancel

  • Renee - July 7, 2015 - 11:58 AM

    What a difference! Great give away. There are many things on my painting list :)ReplyCancel

  • Moxie - July 7, 2015 - 11:58 AM

    Oooh! I love how bright it is now.
    We have so much painting to do, I’ve been thinking about renting/buying something like this. Living room, all the bedrooms, the exterior of the house… so much paint in my future.ReplyCancel

  • Allie Middleton - July 7, 2015 - 12:10 PM

    Just bought a fixer and as you know, still have a lot of projects ahead. A Sprayer is a definite must for us, but how awesome would it be to win one??

    You guys are killin it, btw… inspiring! Painted our entire upstairs walls BM Intense White like you and love!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 7, 2015 - 12:22 PM

      Isn’t it the best warm gray?? Scott and I were just talking about how much we love Intense White when we were cooking in the kitchen a couple nights ago. It’s so subtle. So pretty.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - July 7, 2015 - 12:12 PM

    We need to paint all the doors, and install baseboards throughout the house…It’s a job I’m dreading and a sprayer would make it go much faster!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - July 7, 2015 - 12:16 PM

    Nice! Love whites/grays. Would this work for painting exterior brick?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 7, 2015 - 12:21 PM

      It would be PERFECT for painting exterior brick! We plan on using the sprayer when we ever get around to painting the foundation.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - July 7, 2015 - 12:27 PM

    I’ve been thinking about painting our deck – it’s a mess of peeling paint and multiple colours (not our doing – the people we bought from) and I’d like something a little nicer and more cohesive.ReplyCancel

  • cully - July 7, 2015 - 12:30 PM

    yeah I should start digging into the inside of the garage now. we’ve still got to demo the eventual bike room that’s got water damage but the sprayer would help for all the painting we need to do all over the place. I like how much the white brightend up the garage, but don’t know if I’d go that route, I like the exposed wood too much.ReplyCancel

  • Lucas - July 7, 2015 - 12:36 PM

    This looks great! I couldn’t image doing it with anything other than a sprayer!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey G - July 7, 2015 - 12:46 PM

    I am about to embark on painting my kitchen cabinets. This is exactly what I need!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kerri - July 7, 2015 - 12:52 PM

    I have so much demolition and drywall to do, painting is a far off dream. But man, I could prime the new drywall so quickly with a sprayer… Hmm…ReplyCancel

  • Leila Waddell - July 7, 2015 - 12:54 PM

    I need this paint sprayer!! Its been my dream for so long.. so many projects :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - July 7, 2015 - 1:10 PM

    We need to paint our whole house from builder beige, I can’t take it any more!ReplyCancel

  • xin - July 7, 2015 - 1:12 PM

    I would use this to repaint my kitchen cabinets white!ReplyCancel

  • Jason - July 7, 2015 - 1:21 PM

    It’s entirely likely that when we get our new kitchen cabinets we will want to repaint the majority of our main living space grey, so this would be super handy!!ReplyCancel

  • Marilynn - July 7, 2015 - 1:24 PM

    The garage looks new and fresh. What a difference! I have a cinder block fence on three sides of my home. I have dreaded the thought of painting such a large surface, but with this sprayer I could actually get excited about getting this project started.ReplyCancel

  • Priscilla - July 7, 2015 - 1:44 PM

    If I get my hands on this Wagner- Helloooo easy paint job :)ReplyCancel

  • afton - July 7, 2015 - 1:54 PM

    our entire exterior needs painted!ReplyCancel

  • Jen N. - July 7, 2015 - 2:11 PM

    Our huge basement needs to be lightened up, this would be perfect for that job!ReplyCancel

  • Anni - July 7, 2015 - 2:14 PM

    Your garage looks great! For what it’s worth, we painted our garage/workshop simply white almost a year ago and it’s held up pretty well in terms of dirt.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 7, 2015 - 2:20 PM

      Ooh, that’s great to hear!ReplyCancel

  • Laine - July 7, 2015 - 2:37 PM

    Looking good! We have a lot of wood doors I’d like to paint (ugly 70s pine, not nice wood, I promise), so I’ve been thinking a paint sprayer might be a good idea.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley K. - July 7, 2015 - 3:04 PM

    soo many things need painting in our home…cabinets, deck, basement, garage just to name a few! This would really help in getting things moving along.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - July 7, 2015 - 3:23 PM

    I have so, so much painting to do. We moved into our house about 4 months ago and have been slowly tackling painting every wall in it. The former owners had an interesting design philosophy – no two walls in a single room could be the same color. So literally every room (EVERY ROOM!) had four different colors of paint. We’ve been painting a lot of white to calm the place down. I would absolutely love a paint sprayer!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - July 7, 2015 - 3:45 PM

    What would we paint….how about a whole 3 flat plus a new garage! :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - July 7, 2015 - 3:49 PM

    Our exterior needs to be painted like something fierce. Peeling trim and shingles are not a good look. On the plus side, it’ll be nice to go from cappuccino painted everything to having beautiful white trim setting off the dusty gray-blue shingles that we’re planning.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey F - July 7, 2015 - 4:31 PM

    I JUST finished painting my stucco house.. by hand. And I hate the color. I could totally use a sprayer to go back over in a lighter color.ReplyCancel

  • Trilby C. - July 7, 2015 - 4:35 PM

    Our whole main living space (entry, kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms) could use a fresh coat of paint. Our rooms are huge because our ceilings are so tall, but maybe a sprayer would help us overcome the anxiousness we feel every time we think we should paint!!ReplyCancel

  • Haley W - July 7, 2015 - 4:56 PM

    Wow! I am in the process of painting every wall and cabinet in our home…this would definitely be a game-changer!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - July 7, 2015 - 5:02 PM

    I’ve been looking into paint sprayers to spray our outdoor fence with and possibly some interior doors!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn C - July 7, 2015 - 6:35 PM

    Looks great! I would never think to put much effort in a workroom but looking at this made me realize how fun that could be. I’d definitely want to work in that space!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 7, 2015 - 6:41 PM

      Oh, absolutely! When you spend enough time in a space, it’s always worth the extra effort.ReplyCancel

  • Eliza F - July 7, 2015 - 6:35 PM

    I am helping my mom add built-ins. This would be a major help!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - July 7, 2015 - 6:46 PM

    We are about to buy a house (our offer got accepted so almost ours!!) and we have so much to repaint it would be the perfect tool ever!! We have the outside or the house to repaint, we have to fix the fence and repaint it, we have to repaint the garage that is so dirty and every walls in the house. Basically we have to repaint everything!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - July 7, 2015 - 7:07 PM

    Almost our entire house needs fresh paint, I just spent three days on one bedroom, this would sure come in handy!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Reuter - July 7, 2015 - 8:01 PM

    I really need to paint my orange-y oak cabinets a bright white. My kitchen is so dark!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Flasche - July 7, 2015 - 8:28 PM

    Would love to try this paint sprayer, you make it look easy!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - July 7, 2015 - 8:40 PM

    It may be a lot of paint, but man what a difference! Looks so bright and I am sure it will be a great place to work on projects! Nice choice of color also!ReplyCancel

  • Laura T - July 7, 2015 - 9:08 PM

    I’d like to paint our kitchen cabinets. But I’m nervous to do it by hand and have them look uneven or streaky. I think a spray would work best for that job!ReplyCancel

  • Sajida - July 7, 2015 - 9:08 PM

    Wow. What a difference! I have never seen such professional DIYing before :)ReplyCancel

  • Brittany M - July 7, 2015 - 9:30 PM

    The garage looks great after! Paint is amazing. I just bought my first home and am moving in by the end of the month. This sprayer would make staining/painting the fence and deck so much easier!ReplyCancel

  • karen - July 7, 2015 - 9:50 PM

    Wow! After seeing that difference, I want to do that to our garage!ReplyCancel

  • Ro O - July 7, 2015 - 10:08 PM

    The garage looks so much better already. Can’t wait to see it finished.
    I would love the paint sprayer to paint the outside of our house with!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • jan - July 7, 2015 - 10:47 PM

    My home is in need of lots of painting! I’d start with my kids bedrooms… then work my way through the whole house.ReplyCancel

  • Jordan Troublefield - July 7, 2015 - 11:43 PM

    So much painting. Not only the kitchen and the nursery… but the back patio is under construction and we have painted wood “paneling” on the back of the house!ReplyCancel

  • Marina - July 8, 2015 - 2:40 AM

    Oh I can’t even imagine doing this without a sprayer! The garage looks great and will be so nice to work in!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - July 8, 2015 - 6:45 AM

    Everything needs painting. The whole place is a work in progress.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - July 8, 2015 - 7:28 AM

    i want the sprayer!!! Need to spray my basement floor to ceiling so this would come in handy.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - July 8, 2015 - 7:41 AM

    When we moved into our house my husband insisted on painting the garage before doing anything else. A sprayer would have been great! We are planning on painting the exterior of our house, a combo of painted brick and steel siding. We are looking for a sprayer, sounds like this model would be a good choice! Your garage looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette C. - July 8, 2015 - 8:52 AM

    I also need to paint my garage!ReplyCancel

  • Tori - July 8, 2015 - 9:07 AM

    I just had a new wood fence installed around my backyard and it’s going to need painted this Fall – this sprayer is just what I need for the job!ReplyCancel

  • eleisa - July 8, 2015 - 9:43 AM

    what needs painting? the entire interior of my house… this would make my life so much easier. thank you for the opportunity. ps I also love the pegboard wall. what a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - July 8, 2015 - 9:54 AM

    Love it! Ahh the joy of spraying a room! It’s so transformative :)ReplyCancel

  • Aaron Griffin - July 8, 2015 - 9:55 AM

    I’m also in Chicago and my garage looks very similar to yours. Did you guys have tar paper on all the walls? I’d need to rip that off before painting, and was curious how easy it would beReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 8, 2015 - 10:10 AM

      Hi Aaron! We didn’t have tar paper on the inside… we do on the outside though! I would ask a garage professional before ripping it off, just to make sure there aren’t any safety regulations or issues with moisture, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Maria S - July 8, 2015 - 10:20 AM

    Wow, I never thought about painting our garage, but this looks FANTASTIC!! Great job!!

    I’d really love to paint the (unfinished) walls in our basement, until we save up the money to finish it completely…ReplyCancel

  • Mara - July 8, 2015 - 12:07 PM

    Our trim and ceilings are painted a drab builder-grade off-white. A paint sprayer would definitely make a difference when we take on that project!ReplyCancel

  • Sasha - July 8, 2015 - 12:23 PM

    A shorter answer would be, “What room or space in my home DOESN’T need painting!”ReplyCancel

  • Meghan - July 8, 2015 - 12:29 PM

    It looks so open and lovely!ReplyCancel

  • alex - July 8, 2015 - 1:24 PM

    our garage could use some serious paint as well as every wall in our house, they’re currently skin color tan.ReplyCancel

  • Christina D - July 8, 2015 - 2:55 PM

    What a huge difference!!! Hmmmm…. :)ReplyCancel

  • Anna J - July 8, 2015 - 3:29 PM

    I want to paint every interior wall in my home! The paint color is really drab and dingy. Painting would brighten up the space so much!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth G. - July 8, 2015 - 6:55 PM

    I need to paint my kitchen cabinets and all the doors in my house!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Fisher - July 8, 2015 - 9:20 PM

    Awesome job! Appreciate knowing the prep work took a full day, but clearly it was worth it!ReplyCancel

  • Elise - July 8, 2015 - 9:25 PM

    Great job, looks very clean!

    We’re buying a house and I’m pretty sure we’ll have to paint the whole thing. The spear would come in handy!ReplyCancel

  • Jocelyne - July 9, 2015 - 6:45 AM

    We have the Flexio 590 sprayer and love it. It has made projects so much faster and the finish is so much nicer than painting by hand (at least my painting by hand). Flexio for the win.ReplyCancel

  • Candace - July 9, 2015 - 9:55 AM

    Paint projects that I really am NOT excited for:
    1) painting & installing all floor & crown molding. Bah.
    2) painting all the doors (because sure, previous owners, lets leave them just primed.)

    Paint Projects that I AM excited for:
    1) Eventual overhaul of basement (including making a STORAGE SPECTACULAR room and finishing the main area with bar, game area and hangout zone)ReplyCancel

  • Emily - July 9, 2015 - 10:26 AM

    Oh my gosh. We really need to paint the exterior of our house (and our garage) ask this would be amazing. I think a sprayer would be overkill for our tiny rooms (the longest wall is about 12 ft) but for the outside? Its perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Fara - July 9, 2015 - 1:15 PM

    Our great room needs to painted terribly. And, we’re painting my almost 100 year old house front to back. So, that too. Might as well throw in some other projects while we’re at it!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - July 9, 2015 - 1:36 PM

    I wasn’t considering painting our garages but after seeing yours I’m convinced we need to! Looks great and brightens it up so much.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila Vives - July 9, 2015 - 3:45 PM

    The house I am designing will need paintingReplyCancel

  • Dameon S - July 9, 2015 - 3:46 PM

    I really need to finishing painting my front fence. I started it 6 months ago and got 6′ of it done before I gave up. Let me tell you rollers really suck.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 9, 2015 - 3:52 PM

      For a fence or deck or anything that’s not a flat surface, you NEED a sprayer, absolutely!ReplyCancel

  • Terry - July 9, 2015 - 4:11 PM

    Just about every room in my home needs a fresh coat of paint. It’s been a while. As much as I like freshening the look. Rollers and trays are cumbersome.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Lil - July 9, 2015 - 4:21 PM

    your garage looks great! I have the paint sat in a box waiting for me to paint my bedroom, and the wallpaper to cover one wall. Been putting it off forever, because peeling paint and crumbling plaster makes me think it’ll be a right PIA to prep.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew Hall - July 9, 2015 - 4:35 PM

    inside and outside needs painting.ReplyCancel

  • Kat Wachter - July 9, 2015 - 5:52 PM

    Hoo boy, I need to paint lots of things in my house. Currently, a bedroom and our master bathroom. And then I need to repaint our guest bathroom. And then a few other rooms.ReplyCancel

  • Casandra - July 9, 2015 - 7:00 PM

    Great project. I need to do the same to my backyard workshop.ReplyCancel

  • Brent S - July 9, 2015 - 7:32 PM

    The whole exterior of our house needs paint, as a starting point!ReplyCancel

  • Chris - July 9, 2015 - 8:52 PM

    Help build props for a string band so we are always painting. does this thing have a lot of over sprayReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 10, 2015 - 9:45 AM

      We had a lot of over spray on the floor, but we had everything covered with plastic. I think it’s no different than most Wagner sprayers we’ve used in the past – definitely over spray (so you will absolutely have to tape/cover things around what you’re painting), but not too bad!ReplyCancel

  • Adrian Thompson - July 9, 2015 - 9:35 PM

    Almost the entire interior of my house is white. It’s desperately needs to be painted more colorfully!ReplyCancel

  • Karen L - July 9, 2015 - 11:01 PM

    Our house is finally showing its age. We need to do outside & fence. Plus we never painted the master bedroom and bath. Would be nice to do it this summer. Paint sprayer would be a dream come true. Thank you for chance.ReplyCancel

  • James Gehr - July 9, 2015 - 11:03 PM

    I’m going to be painting my house and all the interior rooms.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy M - July 9, 2015 - 11:04 PM

    My living room has not been painted in 25 years…it’s well over-dueReplyCancel

  • Pat k. - July 10, 2015 - 6:36 AM

    The outside of the house has been power washed and now on to paint the brick!ReplyCancel

  • kribss - July 10, 2015 - 8:10 AM

    We’re getting ready to move back to Indiana and bought a 1941 house. Everything needs painted!ReplyCancel

  • michael - July 10, 2015 - 11:45 AM

    looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki P - July 10, 2015 - 2:58 PM

    This would be great for so many projects…where to begin.ReplyCancel


A couple weeks ago, Scott and I took the dogs on an extra long walk along The 606 (Jack and CC are as obsessed with this new path as we are!), and as we took a break in the grass along Milwaukee Ave, we noticed a hot pink sign that boasted a MOVING SALE! Never being able to resist such tempting marketing (suckers, these two), we popped in and picked up a $2 planter for the One Tail house, as well as a $5 plant stand for us:


The sale was being hosted in an old art studio with an everything must go! mentality, and we were surprised no one had taken this home! We asked the sellers if this was, in fact, a plant stand, but no one really seemed to know, claiming it had always just sort of rolled around the studio. Maybe it was an old end table? Or maybe, at one point, there was a planter in it? No one could remember, but we were happy to take it home.

It’s been sitting in the studio ever since, waiting for a light sand and a good cleaning.

Earlier this week, Scott pointed out the round notches inside the frame, suggesting something had to have rotated on an axis. So, maybe, a globe?

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A quick internet search pulled up all of these illuminated globe stands by Jens Risom! It seems so obvious now, doesn’t it? If you have a moment, check out this video interview with Risom; what a cool cat (and can I please adopt him as my grandpa?). 

Is it really a Risom? Scott and I have been debating this for a few days now, noting that while most of his globe stands have brass casters (except this one!), ours does not. In every other way, it hits the nail on the head – shape, height, etc – although there’s not a maker’s mark in sight. But none of those that we’ve found for sale have a mark either.

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Is there a Mid Century enthusiast that could provide a little more insight? As payment, I provide to you an adorable Chocolate Chunk (for scale, obviously):


And one handsome Jack (again, for scale!):


Risom or not, we’re thrilled we scooped it up when we did, and we plan on finding it a home here. But, you know, as a plant stand.

Also, happy birthday, America! Have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend, all.

  • Danielle - July 2, 2015 - 8:21 AM

    You know, a globe makes sense for that frame. I wouldn’t have thought that if I just saw it for sale on a lot. The worn wood is very pretty so, I’m sure it will look nice with a plant.ReplyCancel

  • Josh | The Kentucky Gent - July 2, 2015 - 9:01 AM

    Your dogs are too sweet, I mean.. look at them just sitting there posing!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

    • Kim - July 2, 2015 - 9:16 AM

      Ha, I might have had a treat or two in my hand…ReplyCancel

  • Julia - July 2, 2015 - 9:57 AM

    Thanks for the great film. I learned something new today! And your dog’s faces are priceless!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin - July 2, 2015 - 10:22 AM

    Man, I love CC. Not to slight Jack–he’s adorable, too. But there’s something about CC (Her face. And the rest of her.) that makes me so happy every time she pops up in my Instagram feed. I guess I’m so in love with her that I finally had to say something!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 2, 2015 - 10:27 AM

      She’s somethin’ else, isn’t she? Jack and CC could not be more different – CC is so smooshable, kissable, has big, wide eyes and will force herself upon you for belly rubs. Jack is serious but goofy, and he only welcomes kisses on his terms – although, he allows his mom and dad to force them upon him. :)ReplyCancel

  • Monika & Sam - July 2, 2015 - 2:30 PM

    Wow, what a great score! Can’t wait to see how you guys make the fabulous look even better. And for the record, Sam would LOVE CC to pieces. He’s always been a ladies man!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - July 2, 2015 - 4:17 PM

    Plant stands are all the rage right now, it’ll look awesome when you’re done.


  • Susie - July 15, 2015 - 5:00 PM

    After looking at the one on etsy, I would say it has to be one of Risoms. Shape and scale of all parts look identical. One thought I have…is yours walnut like the etsy one, or could it be teak? It looks like some MCM teak, possibly. That could explain the different wheels, if different woods were used, they may have used different wheels to go with each type.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 15, 2015 - 5:35 PM

      Hi Susie, we’re pretty sure it’s teak. The more we look at it, the more we’re pretty sure it’s a Risom as well. Regardless, we love it all the same!ReplyCancel