This post is sponsored by Velvet Finishes, but all opinions are 100% mine!!
This month I participated in the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest’s
“Colour My World” October contest sponsored by Velvet Finishes.
I decided to paint a piece I have had for a while. It is a beautiful old gate leg table that a family friend had given me. It was ready to be refinished and I had been debating on what to do to it for some time. When I saw the amazing colors that Velvet Finishes had created, I couldn’t resist using one of their more bold, fun colors! I knew exactly the look I had in mind for this piece after the company sent me their handmade color chart.
“Baroque Green” which is a deep and vibrant green and “Luxurious”which is a dark black were the colors I chose for this piece. I decided to just use the green on the legs of the piece and the Luxurious on the back of the table. I used their “Enhance”which is a dark gray glaze to age and make the piece look older and more distressed. Velvet Finishes also sent me some other wonderful products to go along with the paint color. One was their “Ready” which is kind of a deglosser and it readies the piece so there was no need for me to sand or prime the piece. I also didn’t mind that the original black finish on the legs came through the green. It added to the patina look i was going for.
Here is the table in its original condition. It was painted black and had layers of old and yucky stain really stuck on there. This piece was in dire need of some love!
I used Citristrip to strip the top of the table. I used plastic wrap over the table to activate the stripper. I used a metal putty knife to remove the layers of gunk.
Here is the “Ready” which is the de greaser/de glosser. It comes in a spray bottle and a little goes a long way. Before I applied it, I used a vinegar and water solution just to get off any old dirt and dust, then I just sprayed the legs of the piece very thoroughly with the “Ready” and let dry.
Here is the “Baroque Green” I am in love with this color!
Look how gorgeous and concentrated the color is! Perfection
Here is the base after I applied the “Ready” and before I applied the paint. It goes on clear and there are really no fumes. Just be sure to wear gloves. It will take off your nail polish!
This is after the first coat of the “Baroque”. Isn’t that green gorgeous? I used a Cling On paint brush which worked beautifully. The paint went on really nicely. The coverage was great and the paint was so smooth and no fumes!
As you can see here, the top is now stripped. I also used my palm sander to remove any remaining residue and stain. I didn’t want it too perfect looking because I still wanted this piece to look old and a little decrepit.
This is after the second coat. Considering that this was black underneath, I think this paint did a great job of covering!
This is after three coats and this did the trick! I could have done one more, but I was planning on distressing this anyway so I didn’t mind a little bit of the original color coming through. Also, now you can see the top after i stained it in Minwax Dark Walnut stain color.
I brought it inside to apply the “Enhance” glaze and distress. This stuff is so amazing! I loved how it really took the color down a bit so the green wasn’t so “new” looking. It is a dark gray color, perfect for adding some depth and patina.
Just a closeup of the glaze and the distressing I did. I used a sanding sponge, coarsest grit. I only went over the areas where natural ageing would occur. The edges and corners mostly. I also distressed where I thought people may put their feet on the bottom.
When applying the glaze, I used a brush and then wiped off any excess. I like the glaze to catch in the grooves and crevices of the piece.
How fantastic is the piece starting to look!
Here is the top! I used Howard Feed and Wax on the top of the table after the stain had thouroughly dried. This gave the top a slight sheen, but not too much. The wax really treats the wood from the inside out. It’s both a polish and a conditioner.
Notice the distressing isn’t much but just enough to convey age and time worn appeal. Kind of looks like it came from an old English farmhouse.
I love my old wire basket and galvanized watering cans on top! Very farmhouse and greenhouse feel!
Couldn’t you picture yourself making a beautiful flower arrangement on here or potting some flowers?
I completed the piece by using the “Protect”. It’s a satin polycrylic which means no odor and no messy clean up.
Go to Velvet Finishes website now to check out all the other colors and products.
There’s my green!!
Thank you to Velvet Finishes for allowing me to play with your paints and glazes!! I can’t wait to start my next project with these outstanding products. This has got to be one of my favorite pieces I’ve done yet!
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