Colour Your World with Velvet Finishes – November FFFC™

Disclosure:  I was provided product from Velvet Finishes to complete this furniture makeover, but all thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.



A vanity and stool is made over with Velvet Finishes Paint for the FFFC /



It’s been so long since I’ve had the time to actually participate, but the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest™ is going strong.  To refresh your memory, this is a group where furniture flippers (like myself) take an old unloved piece of furniture’ and give it a whole new look.   There is a different theme and sponsor every month.  And prizes!!  Did I mention this is a competition?!!  Besides having the opportunity to try awesome products at no cost, participants also have the chance to win even more product!  😀 😀


FFFC graphic


Even though I was feeling a little anxious with all the preparations that seem to go hand in hand with the holiday season, when I saw the beautiful Velvet Finishes colours in Kellie Smith’s collection, I couldn’t get to that Rafflecopter fast enough!  (The Rafflecopter is a fair way of selecting who has the privilege of competing each month.  My name was one that was came up, so technically, you could say I’ve already won.  😉  The FFFC is a very welcoming group.  If you are a blogger who enjoys flipping furniture as much as I do, and you think you would like to participate in upcoming challenges, please email for more information.


Here’s the gorgeous Velvet Finishes colours:

Velvet Finish colours



The colours are lovely, fresh, and modern.  And I want to try each and every one of them!!  Larger photographs of the colours (and projects!) may be viewed on the official Velvet Finishes site.  Give yourself some extra time so you can also check out Kellie’s blog, Design Asylum.  I promise you, it’s like consulting with your own personal designer … for free!!


All I had to do was head out to the garage to know what pieces would be getting a makeover.  This poor vanity/console was booted out of the house by the serpentine dresser, which happened to be a better fit for the space and our home.  (That’s part of my decluttering goal:  when something new comes in, something goes out.)



"Before" of vanity and stool to be painted with Velvet Finishes paint, FFFC sponsor -



This vanity was a piece I painted years ago with a custom mixed chalk paint color, and we were using it as a console table.  I still happen to LOVE this color.  But my style has changed.  I’m not a fan of brush strokes, and I rarely paint with chalk paint any more.  I envisioned this piece with a sleek, shiny and modern finish.  Velvet Finishes “Minimalistic”, to be exact:



Velvet Finishes paint colours




Velvet Finishes "Minimalistic" Colour



I know what you’re thinking!  LOL.  With all those beautiful colours, why did I select white??!  As much as my color loving heart wanted to select pink or orange, this is a “flippin” contest.  The plan is to sell this piece, and bold colors in a large piece typically take longer to sell.  It would not help my decluttering process if pieces hang around my house for too long.   Plus, I knew I could go bold on this sweet estate sale stool that I planned to pair it with:



Stool that will be made over for November's FFFC sponsored by Velvet Finishes /



Blue has been my new favorite color since completing my bathroom storage hutch, and I knew right away Velvet Finishes “Handsome” was the color for this project:



Velvet Finishes "Handsome"





Handsome is a sophisticated combination of teal and navy.   It’s such a beautiful color, I actually gasped when I opened up the container!



Velvet Finishes "Handsome" colour /




All participants were also provided with Velvet Finishes “READY” product.


Velvet Finishes "READY" product

All I did to prepare the furniture for painting was spray on the READY; let it sit for a couple of minutes; and wipe off with a lint free rag.   The vanity stool was still a little shiny in places, so I repeated the process.   Couldn’t have been easier!


The coverage on the stool was amazing, and it’s hard to believe that smooth finish was achieved with a brush.   I was on Cloud Nine.



Vanity and stool makeover with Velvet Finishes Paint /



As you’ll recall, the vanity had been previously painted with heavy dark chalk paint.  The dark color was hiding it’s flaws.   I don’t know if it was the looming contest deadline, or my brain was frozen from painting in the garage … I know my fingers were … but I made the numero uno mistake of painting furniture.   The Minimalistic didn’t hide any of the vanity’s flaws or previous brush strokes from the gray chalk paint.  In fact, it made them more noticible.



A vanity is given a makeover with Velvet Finishes Paint /



Is the vanity still pretty?  Yes, it is.   But if I’m being 100% honest, I want it to have the smooth flawless finish that the stool has.  To properly achieve that, I should have sanded the vanity before painting.






This is the sad state of affairs the drawers were in:



Vanity drawers were in a very sad state of affairs before their makeover with Velvet finishes paint /



They look a bit better, right?!



Vanity drawers are updated with paint and reverse feather stencil /



I painted them inside and out with the Handsome colour.  And to complement the fluffiness of the stool, I reverse stenciled a feather on them. Cute right??   The fluffiness of them remind me of my Angel Feather ornaments, and they now really match the fluffy stool.



Vanity desk drawers are updated with paint and a reverse stencil /



Ahhhhhh … the stool.   I covered it with some faux fur from … which I didn’t receive until today!!  Ohhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmm.  (That’s me meditating, trying to relax!)  Sweet Talented Daughter wouldn’t let me buy the stuff sold at Joann’s.  But she knew what she was talking about!   This stuff feels amazing!  (Hey Sweet Daughter… fluffy white pillows would be an awesome Christmas present for your Sweet Momma!!)    😀



An old vanity and stool are given a makeover with Velvet Finishes Paint /



And what would a pretty vanity be without a little bling?



Vanity update /



Velvet Finishes paint gets a definite thumbs up!   And I’m looking forward to sharing a future project where I’ll use the white over a NON previously painted piece of furniture.   Please check out the other contestants’ projects at either Sweet Tea Refinishing or On Fern Avenue.  The other participants are crushing it!    😀





Garage sale stool and vanity are given a makeover with Velvet Finishes paint /


Blessings, Cynthia


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16 Responses

  1. Before I comment about the makeover, whoa Cynthia, love the changes on your blog. Are they new or have I been asleep at the wheel? The vanity looks so good painted white! Had you not pointed out the flaws, one would have never noticed. It’s gorgeous and so is the glamorous stool! Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    • Sorry, Marie … you’ve been snoozing! LOL Sadly, my poor little blog has been a bit neglected since I’m teaching more Zumba and doing more house projects. Haven’t really updated anything in quite a while. Thanks for always being so supportive. It’s appreciated! Cynthia

  2. Oh Cynthia, I adore this pairing the crisp white with a pop of bold blue all staged so wonderfully against the soft grey hues, beautiful presentation!

    • Thank you, Brenda! Staging is fun for me, but boy am I struggling with my photography in the dreary Seattle rain. I’m working on it … but hoping some day it will all “click” … LOL Looking forward to seeing everyone’s projects this month! Take care, Cynthia

  3. Oh my gosh, this is simply stunning. I love what you did with the bench! Truly a beautiful transformation!

    • Thank you, Carolann. And thanks so much for stopping by today! Take care, Cynthia

  4. My daughter has had her heart set on a furry stool and this is perfect timing! Thanks for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story Link Party and have a great weekend.

    • Thanks for hosting, Sandra. I really recommend the faux fur from …. it’s so soft. Good luck with your project! Cynthia

  5. The vanity and stool came out so lovely. And Velvet Finishes paint is a fantastic product. The colors wow!

    • Thanks, Debra! And I couldn’t agree more … the colors are really beautiful!

  6. I’m a huge fan of whites, so this rocks my world! Also love the faux fur, I’ve been obsessing over it lately…..thanks for sharing at VIntage Charm! xokathleen

    • Thanks, Kathleen! The faux fur at is definitely nicer than what is sold at Joann’s. Take care, Cynthia

  7. Cynthia, this vanity looks so elegant now. I liked the previous color but that white just is wow! The matching bench is amazing and I really like the reversed stencil drawers. I’ve been wanting to try Velvet Finishes paint for a while, glad to hear it’s awesome!

    • Thank you, Keri! Give Velvet Finishes paint a go … the colors are amazing, and it’s a very easy paint to work with! Take care, Cynthia

  8. Cynthia this turned out beautifully! So gorgeous!! I have not used Velvet Finishes (I have never seen it available in Canada anywhere) but I have always heard great things about it. You did a lovely job on this! Thanks so much for sharing it at the Inspiration Galore Project Party. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season! Hugs, Lisa

    • Thank you, Lisa! Please check out Velvet Finishes site ( I would imagine they ship to Canada. It’s such an easy product to paint with … I think you’d really like it and the colours are GOR-GEOUS! Take care, Cynthia

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