I have been blogging about paint and paint products for more than four years now and because of that, I always receive emails from all the various paint companies telling me about their new paint/product line. Most of the time, I already know about the product and have probably already tested it because well., I’m a little obsessed with paint.
When it comes to paint for furniture, I have never really been thrilled about any of the paint lines on the market. I have always felt that there is a huge void in the market when it comes to furniture paint because we just have to work way to hard, layer by layer, just to get a decent finish. It has always bothered me that painting furniture is so intimidating to first time DIY’ers because of all that layering and prep work.
A few weeks ago, I received an email from interior designer Kellie Smith from Georgia, who wanted to tell me about her new paint line for furniture called Velvet Finishes Paint that she recently just launched (I had never heard of it). Kellie’s first paragraph in her email caught my attention when she said that as a designer, she always struggled to find a beautiful paint finish for furniture and came to realize that what she wanted, did not exist (ring a bell?).
Kellie went on to tell me that she also struggled with the lack of great paint color choices in furniture paint and she wanted colors highly pigmented (ok, now she’s reading my mind), so she spent two years developing a “velvet finish” paint line in hopes to fill the void. Kellie also sent me a link to the Velvet Finishes website with these gallery pictures of furniture painted with Velvet Finishes:
As I read Kellie’s email and looked through the Velvet Finishes project gallery, my jaw hit the floor. The finish and colors were incredible! She told me that her paint was ultra matte but that it had a wax like additive that when dry, it looks like the piece has been buffed with wax. No primer or sanding needed for most projects! What?!? I gotta see this for myself! I immediately sent an email back to Kellie and told her that I had to try this Velvet Finishes and crossed my fingers that someone finally developed a paint finish for furniture that I too had always hoped to find.
Kellie sent me samples of the paint and when it arrived, I could not believe the color samples that were so rich and highly pigmented (I shared this picture on my Instagram):
I immediately started painting and I absolutely could not believe the finish I was getting. I was blown away and so excited to see that Kellie nailed it! I don’t know how she did it but she created something pretty extraordinary. I can’t even really describe the finish. It’s really like a durable, chalky but not chalky ultra matte wax finish. It’s so different that I can’t even describe or compare it to anything. All I can say is that is so easy, so beautiful and the colors are so intensely pigmented. Halleluja!!
So let me just show you because the pictures speak for themselves…
I painted this junky bookshelf in my kitchen that I picked up years ago at Hobby Lobby for about $150.00. I was going to get rid of this piece because it is so poorly made and I thought it would be the perfect project to try out Velvet Finishes:
This is the piece before I painted it:
and this is what the piece looked like after I painted it with Velvet Finishes ( I also wallpapered the back of the shelves):
Can you believe that?!? I kept telling my husband as it was drying that the finish looked smooth like butter. Although, “Velvet” is the perfect description and it has a unique texture, almost again chalky but not really. I tried to get some closeup shots to try and show the finish better:
One of the best things about Velvet Finishes is that there are no brush strokes. None! They disappear as the paint dries. Just take a look here:
The instructions say that you can use any brush you are comfortable using and you can roll it on as well. Also, no primer or sanding is needed unless you’re painting something that has been shellacked or glossy. No need to wax either because of the waxy like additive in the paint that you can see when it dries. I got this finish with just two coats and no primer! Unreal…
Ok, so this is what I did. I actually mixed together the colors Rococo and Timeless 50/50 (you can see all the color choices here):
These two colors gave me a rich beautiful light warm gray color that I needed to match the undertone in the fabric of my kitchen chairs:
I could have used the color Opulent because it was really close but because I was matching chair fabric, I needed a little more brown than gray but opulent is a beautiful gray with hints of warmth:
For my bookshelf, I did not prime or sand the piece and just painted on my first coat directly onto the piece. The instructions were very specific and said that every coat needs to be light and it needs to dry completely in between coats:
As you can see above, I just did a light coat that was just enough to cover the piece like I would when I prime. When I was finished with my first coat, the piece looks just like it would if I primed:
I let the piece dry completely for about two hours. No sanding needed so I went right into my second light coat after two hours. I brushed on the paint going in the opposite direction of my first coat:
The paint is very thick and a little goes a very long way! The instructions say that you can add water if you want. Also, because it’s so thick, it automatically fills in easily in holes or inconsistencies in the wood. I didn’t worry about brush marks because they were disappearing right before my eyes. Again, my my second coat, I followed the instructions and did a light coat:
I have never seen a paint look like this 5 minutes after I painted!
The second coat dried in about two hours but I waited 24 hours before I put things on the shelves. Velvet Finishes offers a commercial grade polyurethane top coat to protect high traffic pieces and this finish is so rock solid (never felt a hard finish like this before). I tried to scratch it and couldn’t. Not sure if I need it but if I was doing a kitchen table or nightstand, I would use the protect top coat. Velvet FInishes also offer a a dark wax to highlight and I know that Kellie has plans for a white wax as well. They also have glazes in great colors too! I can’t wait to play with them!
Velvet Finishes paints come in two sizes; 32 ounce for larger projects like mine (I used almost exactly 32 ounces) and they have a small 4 ounce to sample the colors and for smaller projects like lamp revamps, accessories, etc.. You can order right from the Velvet Finishes website here and you can look through and see the colors and gallery. Kellie just launched the line not too long ago and will be adding more products, colors and gallery pictures. You can keep up with Velvet Finishes on Facebook too here.
Ok, I am officially the biggest fan of Velvet Finishes and I cannot wait to show you guys some of the other projects that I have done with the paint. I’m also now a huge fan of Kellie Smith because not only is she awesome but because she just couldn’t find what she wanted in a finish and she just set out to invent it! Oh yea! High five girl! Girl wanted that paint finish bad! (I can relate!).
Thanks for hanging out with me today friends!