How the heck are ya? I’ve been too busy in Teacher Land lately to check in – I apologize. For the past couple of weeks the blog has been the absolute last thing on my mind. I’ve had parent conferences, report cards AND standardized tests jammed back-to-back. Seriously, who comes up with these schedules?!
Some of you might already know that this is my first year teaching 4th grade (usually I teach 5th grade…and will be again next year). It’s also the first time I’ve experienced the “long composition” test. Basically, students plan, write a first draft and then a final draft of a creative story in one sitting. A sitting that can, for some (diligent) students, last 7 hours. My kiddos were such troopers and worked right until dismissal time. I’ve never been so proud of them! My heart was in my mouth for the entire day…as a teacher, it was so awful to feel so helpless. I’m sure they all did a fantastic job though!
During times like this, stress relief comes in the form of DIY projects. I recently received a sample of Velvet Finishes paint and was super excited to try it out.
Have you heard about Velvet Finishes yet? It’s a revolutionary new paint line that makes painting furniture a cinch.
Velvet Finishes was created by interior designer Kellie Smith after not finding the finish and color palette she was seeking for a client. There are 21 amazing highly saturated colors in the line and the finish is that of a low matte sheen – like velvet!
The color I chose was handsome which is a dark blue but not quite a navy. And handsome it is. I took an old beat up dresser from this…
to this… in less than two hours
Velvet Finishes patent-pending formula is a DIYer’s dream.
It’s super easy to use with minimal prep and no waxing. No special tools needed. The darker colors tend to be thicker than the lighter. If you want to thin the paint simply add water. Apply thin, even coats and allow paint to dry thoroughly before applying another coat. Never apply more than 3 coats in 24 hours.
Instructions are on the website and can be downloaded for printing.
Did I mention you do not need to wax?? WooHoo!!
Kellie had told me that it would not leave any brush marks upon drying, so, despite the (wise) advice of applying thin coats I decided to really test to power of this paint and literally sloshed it on quickly thickly and probably not that evenly. Here’s some video evidence to prove it:
(Yes, the quality is awful. I tried to paint with one hand and record with the other.
It doesn’t work. But you get the idea!)
Even with such aggressive application, the final finish is, well, velvety. There is not a brush stroke in sight:
I picked up some new (and cheap) drawer handles on Ebay. I love how the brass looks against the blue. I also picked up some faux flowers at AC Moore (on sale!). Pink is another amazing color against this shade of blue.
I really love this paint. If you’ve never painted furniture before, go this route. It’s 100% foolproof and is guaranteed to provide richly-pigmented results in only a couple of coats.
Think this blue is handsome? Some of the 20 other shades are pretty fantastic too. You’re going to be majorly crushing on this line up:
Custom colors are easily achieved with recipes available on the website!
It’s so nice when a quick project can make such a huge transformation. My guest room feels much brighter and fun now!
Which Velvet Finishes paint color is your favorite? What furniture item would you like to makeover in your chosen color?