Today I am sharing another contest entry for The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest™ and I am pretty excited about it. In order to participate in the contest I am given product in order to complete a furniture makeover. As soon as I heard about Velvet Finishes, I watched all of the YouTube videos and read all of the blog posts I could. As someone who tries to make painting furniture as easy as possible, I fell in love with the “lazy painting” techniques you can achieve with Velvet Finishes. It’s so easy to “Color Your World” with painted furniture. And as soon as I saw the color choices I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to give this hutch a brand new makeover!
When I first started painting furniture I didn’t put too much thought into color choices. If I liked coral I would just grab any coral and get started. The problem with that is there are so many variations of every color and once you bring it home it might not flow with the other colors in your home. Color is so important when it comes to home decor!
Another tip I’ve learned with painting furniture is that your style changes. If you pick a neutral color you can easily redecorate with new accent colors by switching out decor. Trust me, much less expensive than switching out your furniture! I still love a great pop of color on furniture but now I reserve that for smaller pieces like side tables or small dressers. This hutch, however, popped a little too much for my new style.
Look at all that color happening! Painting this hutch the first time was a pain. It’s huge and the process took several days. It was one of my first pieces and I wasn’t too happy with the way it turned out. Still better than how dark it was before but it just didn’t fit my needs. I was torn between getting rid of it (which would be a pain because it’s huge) and painting it again (which would be a pain because it has been waxed).
Then I discovered velvet finishes and it was a no brainer. Getting all the wax off was my first step. Most furniture won’t have wax like this hutch did. On painted pieces with no wax or pieces that haven’t been painted you simply spray Ready which is a deglosser that is super easy to use. You just spray it on, wait a bit, and wipe it off. Ready even got most of the wax off of this hutch which is why I know it would work on other pieces really well. In the places where wax had built up, I used a little elbow grease to get it off. And now look at it!
This grey painted hutch is now one of my favorites! As for painting, the process couldn’t have been easier! I shook the paint a little and went to town. I didn’t even tape off the glass! You can just take the corner of a wet paper towel and wipe it right off. I started painting after putting the kids to bed one night, which is unheard of because normally getting ready to paint takes a lot of prep work. I did the first coat before going to bed and the second coat the next morning. It was all ready to go by the end of the day. I gave each layer plenty of time to dry I used three layers of Protect. Like I said, little kids.
It only took two coats to cover the coral paint. The coverage of velvet finishes is amazing! It goes on, well like velvet! I love how smooth it is. You also don’t have to worry about the direction you paint because brush strokes practically disappear. It dries with a matte finish and since I have little ones I chose to finish it with their product called Protect. This gives it a slightly higher sheen but an even stronger finish. I even painted the handles!
What I used:
- 32 oz container of Timeless (with plenty left over for another project)
- 8 oz container of Understated (left over of this one too!)
- Ready and Protect (used almost all of each but could finish a small project with them)
- Synthetic paint brush
- Sponge brush (for Protect)
- Shop towels for wiping off Ready
I just loved styling the shelves with Understated as the background. Becuase of the neutral colors I chose I can now add fun pops of color with the decor I add to the shelves.
I’ve been collecting fake fruits and veggies whenever I can find them with rich vibrant colors.
I just love these knobs! I found them at Hobby Lobby and they have so many choices for your freshly painted furniture!
I am so pleased with my new hutch. I went from wanting to get rid of it to loving it again! If you are a blogger who is interested in teaming up with the contest you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to participate in future contests.
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