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A dentist appointment, a Velvet Finish, and a furniture makeover

Hello friends!  Happy Thanksgiving and er, Black Friday shopping, if that’s your thing!  I’m more a people watcher myself and did a quick solo trip to a few select stores early into Friday morning, spent a little money, and honestly, found the best deals in the oddest places.  However, this post is not about my retail escapades, but rather my furniture escapades.  Much more fun…

I bring you yet another Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest (FFFC) entry, this time sponsored by Velvet Finishes, a paint line developed by Kellie Smith; please note that I received product from Velvet Finishes, paint and other fun doo-dads so it’s a “sponsored” post.  Now that I’ve satisfied the FCC requirements (!) let’s get to the good stuff: paint + furniture.


The piece

So, unlike the last few times, I actually intentionally took a before picture of my entry: Olivia’s hutch.  There’s a cute backstory here.

Not too long ago I took my kids to the dentist for a regular hygiene visit.  I expected a run’ o the mill day, but instead experienced an unexpected and productive rabbit trail. Unfortunately, productive rabbit trails are not as frequent as I’d like! While waiting for the kiddos, I started chatting with the office staff, Nicole and Jacky. The conversation turned somehow to my furniture habit, and Jacky informed me that her adorable, pregnant daughter Olivia had a hutch she needed/wanted painted. . . (Is there a difference when it comes to painted furniture?  I don’t think so!) Was I interested?  Um, yes.

So, Olivia’s hutch.  She wanted a cream color, black hardware, and some distressing.  As my children are wont to say: “easy-peasy lemon squeezy.”



The products

I was excited to use Velvet Finishes (VF) products—it’s a product line I hadn’t used prior to the contest. Kellie notes that the paint is not a chalk paint, not a milk paint, but rather a “specially formulated, low VOC and non-toxic, latex, water-based paint.” I choose Rococo–a lovely cream color that suited Olivia’s desired look; in fact, both the color and the hutch suit the “Color Your World” theme to a proverbial “T.”




According to the literature, VF paints don’t require sanding or primer, but only a de-glossing agent: the READY spray.  Me, I didn’t want to take any chances in the paint not adhering, so I primed and sanded as I normally would, while also using the READY solution.  That’s just me.

I both sprayed and brushed the paint.  In reading the literature, I wasn’t sure if I could spray the the paint so I shot Kellie a quick email; turns out you can spray the paint, provided you thin it to the correct viscosity. I sprayed two coats—doing an entire hutch with a brush sounds like low-grade torture!—and used a brush to apply the final coat and touch-ups.

In addition to surface preparation products (READY) and paint (COLOR) Velvet Finishes also supplied each contest with several different finishing products: ENHANCE (glaze-like in it’s effect) or a GEL (wax-like in it’s effect), and PROTECT (poly-like in it’s effect).

I opted not to apply any surface protectant (the paint does not require an additional product) leaving the final look and texture up to the lovely, adorable Olivia.


The update

Ready to see Olivia’s hutch?



The contest

Many thanks to Kellie Smith and Velvet Finishes for her generous support of we furniture fanatics and to these sweet gals, who organize this contest every. single. month (pssssst: except for December) 😉


FFFC - main graphic (updated 5.11.2016)
If you’re a fab furniture flipper and want more info, send an email to Find other entries to this month’s contest at Fern Avenue and That Sweet Tea Life; Lynn and Thea, respectively, are this month’s hosts.  Thank you!


Happy Thanksgiving, all.  Like many of you, I’ve so much to be thankful for.


Queen P


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  • Reply
    Jennifer Cahill
    December 5, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Such a pretty transformation, Rachel! Those maple hutches have such great builds and are perfect candidates for updating! The creamy white has such a nice light feel and the dark hardware pairing is beautiful. Nicely done!

    • Reply
      Queen Patina
      December 29, 2016 at 1:18 PM

      Thanks, Jennifer! She loved it and in the end, so did I. 🙂

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