Let’s be honest about a couple things:
1. I’m lazy on occasion.
2. I’m impatient.
How does this effect my furniture makeovers?
I hate having to prime a piece before I can put some glorious color on it.
I need instant gratification.
And when the color is finally on, I can barely wait to get the piece back in its place.
Oh, but wait….it needs a topcoat.
That means I have to wait more.
Did I mention I was impatient?
Did I also mention I found a solution for this problem?
Well, not a solution for being lazy and impatient, but a solution for the priming and top coating.
There is a way to paint that requires no priming and no top coating.
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So how can you paint without having to prime or give your piece a top coat?
There aren’t any special tools involved. Just one thing.
Velvet Finishes Paint.
Velvet Finishes paint was created by Kellie Smith who just so happens to live about 45 minutes from me. How we didn’t find each sooner I don’t know, but I’m so glad it finally happened. Anyway, she couldn’t find the finish and color palette she wanted while working on a client’s project so she just decided to invent her own paint.
How cool is that?
And can we just talk about the colors for just a minute?
They are all gorgeous. There are 21 colors and not a one of them that I don’t like.
I went to her studio a few weeks back and got to see a lot of the colors on real life pieces and y’all the colors were even more jaw-dropping then.
The darker colors are a little thicker than the lighter colors, so you can thin them if you want to. I actually did that on the IKEA Tarva Hack turned Drink Bar that I just posted about. I used Baroque and the Dark Glaze on that piece. I just thinned the Baroque and sprayed it right through my paint sprayer.
Let’s talk about how this works.
Like I said, I got to visit Kellie’s studio and actually painted a piece with her, but I really wanted to put this stuff to the test.
I decided to paint over a side table I used in our master bedroom beside our little reading nook chair.
I had spray painted this side table metallic gold when I first got it.
Have you tried to paint over something with regular paint that has been spray painted?
Kind of bubbles up on ya and takes coat after coat after coat after coat, right?
Velvet Finishes laughed in the face of spray paint.
Ok, I’m also a little over dramatic.
I didn’t prime the table, I didn’t sand it, I didn’t do anything to it.
Well, I did wipe it down with a dust rag because well, ummm…..its been a week or eight since I’ve dusted our bedroom.
The paint went on perfectly.
If you do have a piece with a very shiny surface, you can use another Velvet Finishes product called Ready before painting the piece. It comes in a spray bottle and all you do is spray it on the piece, let it sit for 10 minutes or so, then wipe it down with a soft cloth.
After three light coats of Velvet Finishes in the Exotic color, I had this beauty.
I kept little touches of the gold for some contrast by cutting pieces of FrogTape down in width a bit, placing them on the table and then just painting right over the tape.
I didn’t do any type of topcoat! This paint already has a topcoat built in!
How freakin’ cool is that?
Its finish is like a low matte sheen.
If you were painting something that is going to get a lot of use, like a kitchen table or coffee table, it is recommended that you use Protect on the piece. Its just a non-yellowing polyurethane.
You can find more information on the Velvet Finishes website.
Need more great furniture makeovers?
Love color? Then see these 11 Colorful Furniture Makeovers.
Find out how easy it is to make your own colored furniture glaze.
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