Office Bookshelves | Wagner Paint Sprayer

I have officially finished my biggest painting project so far…

Since we moved into our home over three years ago, we have talked about building bookshelves in our office.

Office Bookshelves | Wagner Paint Sprayer

My husband comes from a long line of book hoarders, so we have a TON of books.  When we moved into our home, there were no bookshelves. For three years, the books have been hidden in closets, cabinets, lockers – if you opened a door on anything you were greeted by a stack of books.

We originally planned on building the bookshelves ourselves but were a little overwhelmed and decided to hand it over to a professional. We hired the contractor who remodeled our bathroom to build the shelves.

I sketched a plan for the bookshelves for our contractor, and he built most of the piece in his workshop.  He installed them during one of my Home Show days.  I came home later that night to a gorgeous (but much more gigantic than I realized) wall of bookshelves.

I was slightly overwhelmed and quickly contacted Wagner to see if they would partner with me on this project.  I couldn’t imagine how I would get a massive piece painted without a heavy duty paint sprayer.

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I used Wagner’s FLEXio 890 paint sprayer and was very impressed.  I am all about storage, and I love how the sprayer all stores away inside the power box.

I wanted the bookshelves to blend into the space rather than stand out more.

I used Valspar’s Soulful Grey (formerly Valspar’s Woodlawn Colonial Gray).  My favorite thing about this sprayer is that I didn’t have to water down the (latex) paint.  It was WONDERFUL!

The power cord and air hose are so long that I never had to use an extension cord (despite having to use a ladder to reach the top of the bookshelves).

The only trouble I had was when I didn’t pay attention to the nozzle.  I eventually realized that I need to wipe it down fairly consistently.  Also, with the amount of paint I was spraying, I did end up need to rinse the nozzle a few times.  If you don’t stay on top keeping a clean nozzle, you can end up with splatters.

Luckily once I cleaned the nozzle I was able to quickly fix (spray over) and fix my splatters.

When the bookshelf was done (I primed one afternoon and painted the next), I rinsed off everything and put them away in the power box.  They are ready for my next project!

Here’s a little video to show you how quiet but powerful this sprayer is:

I’ll be sharing the bookshelves reveal very soon (and I’m excited to have room in our coat closet for coats)!


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  1. Laura says

    Sara, The bookcases look beautiful ! I am shocked that you were able to use a paint sprayer in ‘the house’. You did not find that you had over spray….. fine mist….floating through the air ??? I know..I see the drop cloths….but still….I would be scared to attempt this in my home for fear of the fine mist that may get everywhere. But it looks beautiful and easy enough to do. My dad just did his eight foot fence this past summer with a Wagner (not sure if it is the same model number but sure looks similar) and he LOVED the thing. Mind you he used stain and had to water it down due to the texture of it. And he said after a couple ‘hundred feet’ of holding it up…his arms got tired….and he is 74….lol.

    • sincerely, sara d. says

      Thanks Laura! I am SO impressed with your dad. I bet his arm did get tired though! There honestly was very little overspray. My desk did have a really thin layer of paint, but I wiped it off like it was dust. I absolutely could not have survived that painting job without a sprayer – I would have gone insane! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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