Months ago I convinced myself that I'd take part in one of those One Room Challenges and finally get my office/craft room in working order and looking snazzy. Um, it didn't happen. I mean, I have downsized my craft stash, and that's half the battle, right? I've also been adding bright painted furniture (Some, okay my husband, might go so far as to say obnoxiously bright) but it still felt, eh. Then I had the opportunity to join this month's Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest being sponsored by Velvet Finishes Paint and the theme this month, "Colour Your World."
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You might say I took that theme very literally and decided to color a major, everyday part of my home, my desk. My boring desk, with an annoying wood grain that doesn't photograph well and a stain and finish that looks like a bad spray tan.
Still, my desk is a big part of my world, and my goal was to lose the orange and go yellow...very, very, yellow.
I feel as if the folks at Velvet Finishes get color, because when I want a yellow I want it to be bright, vibrant and BOLD which is the name of the paint I selected for this project. I also got a hot pink, Glamourous, that went on a lazy Suzan I keep on the desk, Ready to clean and prep the surface, and Protect because this is a piece of furniture I use often.
I love Velvet Finishes' Ready; I bought this desk when an old Borders store went out of business. While I had cleaned it, it still had a heavy shine on it, and I was worried the paint would stick. A couple of wipe-downs with Ready and it was ready to go.
In their instructions, VF mentions that you could use up to four coat of paint if you are making a major change. Going from a wood grain to a yellow seemed like a such a project to me, so I went with four coats. I probably could've gotten away with two coats, but you can see from the pictures below that the color got so much stronger as I added each layer!
I need to disclose the first two coats were done in the evening, so the natural light wasn't that great, the third coat is entirely artificial light, and the fourth picture was taken in the morning with sunlight streaming into the room.
Remember again, how I mentioned that high sheen the desk had and that I was worried the paint wouldn't stick? I did a scratch test after EVERY coat and got nothing. You couldn't even see where my nails had raked across the paint. This is a big plus in my book.
Ta-Da! I'm so happy with how this turned out!
It's impossible not to smile and be happy when you have a yellow desk, I swear!
Velvet Finishes offers some awesome color options, and not all of them are this bold. For more inspiration be sure to check out this month's Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest hosts, Lynn at Fern Avenue and Thea at Sweet Tea Refinishing.
If you are interested in participating in future contests, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.