Disclosure: I was provided product from Velvet Finishes to complete this furniture makeover, but all thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
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! 😀 😀
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Here’s the gorgeous Velvet Finishes 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.)
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:
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:
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:
Handsome is a sophisticated combination of teal and navy. It’s such a beautiful color, I actually gasped when I opened up the container!
All participants were also provided with 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.
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.
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:
They look a bit better, right?!
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.
Ahhhhhh … the stool. I covered it with some faux fur from fabric.com … 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!!) 😀
And what would a pretty vanity be without a little bling?
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! 😀
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