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Franklin, PA USA

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For the Love of an Equestrian Life {Part ONE}



My step-daughter has a love of all things equestrian.  She also needed a new dresser.  Those two facts brought on these unique furniture pieces.




Again, I wanted to use my staining technique. But, I also wanted to use my new favorite paints, Velvet Finishes.


I had seen a post on Pinterest of a highboy that had been refinished.  I absolutely loved the colors and details of the layers of paints and thought it would go so well with my staining techniques.  So, I contacted Kellie at  I waited patiently (or not) for the paints to arrive so that I could get started on the chest of drawers.  While waiting for the paints, I found this sweet little telephone table for $5!



I decided this would be a good piece to experiment on since I had never used the paints and glaze from Velvet Finishes before and wasn't sure how my staining technique would react/ work with them.


The paints arrived and I got started:


I started with the Velvet Finishes Ready - Velvet Finishes is a no-sand, no strip paint.  But if the furniture does have a sheen on it, it is recommended to use VF Ready.  You just spray it on, let it sit a bit and wipe off excess.  This prepares the surface for the Velvet Finishes paint to adhere best.

 I used two coats of Timeless, two coats of Opulent, a little bit of highlighting of Minimalist.



 I was in awe of the finish of this paint - it has such a nice "velvet" texture, just a slight sheen.  LOVE!


I then did some distressing and used the VF Dark Glaze to get the effect I had seen on the inspiration piece.  After I was finished with the glazing, I didn't quite get the effect I wanted , as it wasn't quite as dark.  Note to self...  talk to Kellie to see if I did something wrong. (more on this on Part TWO of the Equestrian Life)



I found an image I wanted to try of two horses.  I was a bit nervous, as I have never done a horse before (or any animal - I typically do flowers with this technique). 


 My apologies for the lighting...  I don't have the best lighting to work with (another note to self to work on this!).  After I got the top done, I decided I wanted to personalize this for my step-daughter somehow, so I thought the little pull out shelf would be a good place.  I designed a monogram inside of a horseshoe.


Ok, so I was pretty pleased with how this little piece turned out.  Now, I can go forward with the chest of drawers... But first, here are the pictures of the finished little table.  I call it a telephone table (not sure why - I think it is something from my childhood that makes me call it that).





If you are interested in purchasing the Velvet Finishes paint, please use this link:

Velvet Finishes


I think you will be quite impressed with this line!  I know I am and now want to purchase all of the colors!  


Stay tuned for it's matching chest of drawers!  I've never been much of a horse enthusiast myself; however, it was quite fun to create this piece and use the shading to show the details and muscles! I look forward to working on the next piece!


~ Michelle








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