I love a transformation of any kind, and I especially love one that happens in my home that I can do myself! By now y’all know that DIY is not my middle name and truthfully, I struggle because I’m afraid I’m going to screw something up and make it worse! (Trust me…I’m trying to get over this.)
This past weekend – thanks to Velvet Finishes by Kellie Smith I transformed my dingy, tired kitchen chairs that I’ve had for eons…like in my very first apartment! They’re a decent reproduction, but they had seen better days.
Now this is an even bigger accomplishment than making a wreath, because I don’t like to paint – until NOW!
This paint is absolutely wonderful because you don’t have to be a master painter or even have any technique to use it. It goes on smooth as velvet! (What’s in a name? Everything!)
I was warned that embarking on chairs for my first painting project might be a bit daunting but I jumped in anyway and the result is terrific! The hardest part was selecting a color. I chose to be a bit conservative and selected Soulful. Love the name…it’s “ecru at its best.”
There’s no sanding. Instead you use Ready, a spray-on primer to prep your piece. You don’t always have to use it, but if the surface has a gloss or shine to it, Ready is what you need. Spray it on and let it dry for about 4-5 minutes.
Now what Cindy? Start painting and as Velvet Finishes says in their excellent directions…”just slap on the paint!”
I did and in no particular artistic fashion. It barely drips…it glides on and it dries quickly. I used two coats of paint, but in some places I only used one, because it covered so well and I wanted a country look and feel to my chairs.
Once the chairs were completely dry I lightly distressed them with a gentle sandpaper. I didn’t overdue it because I’m not a fan of that look. Plus…I had just painted them. I recommend gently distressing and seeing how you like it. Don’t go overboard.
Once the chairs were distressed and I was happy with them, I applied Protect, which is commercial grade, non-yellowing polyurethane. This you do have to apply in deliberate strokes or you’ll end up with streaks, but your directions will explain all of that. It’s so easy and Velvet Finishes has thought of everything to help newbies, like me, out.
Oh and one more thing…the paint washes off with lukewarm water…absolutely NO SCRUBBING of any kind!
I’m excited to paint the next piece of furniture. I swear… if I can do this…you can too. Check out Velvet Finishes today and visit the online store.
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