One glorious day last September I discovered Velvet Finishes paint on Pinterest.
Actually, it was an ugly, grey day, but then I opened Kellie’s site and the sun shone brightly and choirs of angels sang and there were bells and… I’ve been planning to do a review for you ever since. Because honestly—who has time to strip and sand and prime and sand and paint and paint and paint and wax and seal all the thrift-store finds? Not even.
I want to paint all. the. things.
From the first time I stepped into my friend Susan’s home in 2013, I’ve wanted to paint all my furniture. Susan has a great eye for color and decorating, and I knew that I couldn’t mix as many colors as her or else our home would resemble an Easter egg. Some people just have that knack, you know? Me? Not so much. All I knew for certain was that I wanted less brown in my home.
Another thing I’d been aching to do was replace our entertainment center. My Guy had purchased an open, black glass console a year or so before we met. It was sleek and classy and very much not kid-friendly. When the Little Butt began crawling, we’d roped a baby gate (the solid plastic kind) to the front of the console so little fingers couldn’t press buttons or explore DVDs. Tacky. So, so tacky.
Then one day last fall my dad sent a family text offering this dresser up for grabs, and grab it I did. I knew it would make a perfect entertainment center for us. Not that I exactly knew how.
On the hunt for paint
While the intelligent first step would have been determining how I’d redo the drawers for the DVD player et al, being the logical person that I am, I started hunting for paint. Here’s the deal: I work really hard, but I’m also extremely lazy. As in, I want everything done yesterday, so let’s go already.
As I scoured Pinterest for ideas, I stumbled across several posts linking to Velvet Finishes by Kellie Smith. Girlfriend, she has videos showing you every single step of the process. And—get this—she calls it “the lazy girl’s way to paint.” Match made in heaven. I was in.
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Kellie provides the best customer service ever
Once I settled on a paint color, I emailed the company to clarify how much I needed. Within ten minutes, Kellie herself emailed back telling me everything I needed to know. A few more emails flew back and forth before I put in my order for Ready (their de-glosser), Colour in Opulent, and Protect (the poly).
At least once or twice during my project I emailed Kellie with questions and she responded within an hour or two. Seriously, who does that? As I said, best customer service ever.
The Velvet Finishes process
Velvet Finishes paint is so, so easy to work with. This redo happened during Little Miss’s naps, while the Butt ran around my parents’ garage and I worked.
Since you can watch actual videos of Kellie doing each step, I’ll just breeze through them for you and leave the details for her to handle on her YouTube channel.
After removing the drawers and pulls, I sprayed Ready on the dresser and wiped it off with an old t-shirt. (I wore gloves, since my nails were painted). This took maybe 15 minutes? Maybe. Probably not.
Next I shook up the Colour and slapped on that first coat of Opulent. When I say slap on, I mean SLAP ON. Here’s a bigger selling point than the lack of prep work: Velvet Finishes dries without brush strokes. If you’re a messy painter like me, there’s no other way to go. I put on a total of three coats of Colour over two days.
When it came to the Protect, this is where I made my first mistake. In one of her videos, Kellie says you don’t necessarily have to use Protect unless it’s an item that will get lots of wear, like a kitchen table. She also said (as she applied Protect to the legs of a table), “We’re going to pretend that boys live in this house.”
Being the supremely brilliant woman that I am, I applied Protect to the top of the dresser, since that’s where the TV would sit and I assumed we’d put drinks or what not there from time to time. I didn’t take time to consider that I have a crazy three-year-old boy who likes to ram cars and trucks and books and blocks and everything else into furniture.
Yeah. I’m that bright.
Due to my lack of foresight, I had to go back and repaint a few dings on the front of the dresser before wising up to apply Protect all over. Lesson learned? Do it right the first time.
The directions I used for making the drawers into hinged panels came from this post. Since Talitha explains the process much better than I ever could, I’ll allow you to look there for directions.
Entertainment center highlights
Beyond protecting our electronics from the kids, this upcycle was about increased beauty, space, and storage. For starters, we have space for a DVD player, a CD player, and a stereo system. (Yup, we’re old school. Or we will be, whenever we finally hook everything up. Until then, we rely on our iPods.)
As I’ve mentioned before in this post, our house is pretty small. We do everything in the living room and kitchen, so
hiding stuff storage is important to me. With this entertainment center, I have a place to keep my exercise gear (minus the weights)…
Will I Use Velvet Finishes Again?
Absolutely! In my mind, I’ve already painted my kitchen hutch, the table, our chairs, and even our cabinets. In reality, all I’ve actually done is paint a shelf, a mirror frame, our electronics valet, and my living room lampshades. (The lampshade move may have been ill-advised. While the lampshades look great, they don’t let a lot of light through.) The only factor preventing me from the other projects are all my other other projects. You know how it is.
Velvet Finishes Giveaway
Kellie, being the super fabulous person that she is, has agreed to give away everything necessary for a furniture upcycle to one lucky reader: Ready, Colour, and a choice of Protect or Glaze. You can submit an entry to as many of the categories as you wish. If you choose to comment, let us know what your next upcycle project will be. Or, if you’ve used Velvet Finishes before, post a picture here or on the Facebook page. You know everyone loves a good makeover. 🙂