The No Sand Way to Prepare Your Furniture for PaintingJanuary 12, 2016 • By Kellie Smith
The No Sand Way to Prepare Your Furniture for Painting
In case y’all didn’t know already, I like things simple.
When Velvet Finishes was created, it was important to me that painting furniture should be a simple process. A process that anyone could do. A process so simple…
That Even I Could Do It!
No sanding, no waxing, no smell – NO HASSLE!!
Let me show you just how easy it is to use the Velvet Finishes products.
Now, lemme just tell ya:
I do not want to sand a piece of furniture to prepare it for painting.
I mean seriously. No. Nope. Nada. Do. Not. Want to do it.
Basically just not gonna.
What is the Velvet Finishes READY product and how do I use it?
Ready is a no sand prep product for painting with Velvet Finishes.
Yes, no sand.
This bottle of magic removes dirt and grime, deglosses, and prepares your piece for a fabulous finish.
Spray the READY product on your furniture to clean and prepare the surface for painting. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, then wipe away. If there is any sheen left to your piece, repeat the process. Paint needs a clean surface for maximum adhesion.
Want to see Velvet Finishes READY in action?
Watch this quick video where I show you exactly how to prepare furniture with READY!
(see more Velvet Finishes tutorials here and while you are there, subscribe to our YouTube channel!)
Visit these blogger’s Velvet Finishes projects to see what they think of READY:
“I used READY on all of my daughter’s Pottery Barn pieces and it was perfect! If the surface doesn’t have a sheen or factory finish, you do not need to prime with Velvet Finishes and I have truly put that to test with my projects.” – Cyndy at The Creativity Exchange
“Because I was dealing with a shiny laminate – which paint wouldn’t adhere easily to – I decided to take the extra step of using the READY product by VF. This stuff is basically a de-glosser and it prepares the surface to take the paint. I’d never used it before but I was extremely impressed. I just sprayed it all over the nightstand and let it sit for a few minutes. Any excess that was left I just wiped off. Once again, no sanding or other prep needed!” – Jenna from Wife In Progress Blog
“After we removed the hardware, we used the READY product to clean the wood and remove any lingering gunk that was there. And trust me, there was gunk. The Accomplice prepped the piece by simply spraying the Ready product on the wood, allowing it to sit for about a minute, then wiping off. We did not sand, as there is no need usually (99 times out of 100), when using Ready. Ready is an incredibly easy way to prepare furniture for painting. Yay!!” – Kellie via Design Asylum Blog (me)
Since it did have a glossy finish, I primed it first with READY and then painted it with Velvet Finishes Modern. To apply the READY, you just spray it on your piece and let it dry. Yea, I’m not even kidding. Most of the time you don’t even need a primer with this paint…..” – Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof
It’s that easy.
Seriously, all you need is this magic in a bottle and a rag.
I warned you – I like simple.
Oh, and here is a quick tip for using our READY product…
So Cheers to all the lazy girl painters out there – you are my tribe!
That’s awesome! I have to try this- I don’t do furniture too often but heaven knows I don’t want to be sanding all day! Thanks for sharing!
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Absolutely!! Who’s got time for sanding!?!?! Would love for you to try VF when you have a project!! xx
Enjoyed your tutorial.
Im looking for a smooth finish, not distressed. When you say velvet finish is that a little ruff? If I use your spray can i still get a smooth refined finish?
Hi Lorine, the VF finish would be rough like a flat/chalky feel. Flat paints tend to have a consistency to them that feels slightly ‘grittier’ than, say a, gloss. If you use the Protect over the paint, it does help alleviate that. The Ready is used to prep the surface prior to painting. Let me know if you have other questions – feel free to email me at [email protected]. Thanks so much! Kellie
I love your creative style & finished peices, as well as the simplicity of it. I too prefer the no sanding option. Also that you have a good sense of humour, along with your sidekick lol!
Is it possible to import your products to Australia so that I could sell them here?
With my kindest regards,
Thank you so much Dianne! I would LOVE to talk to you about selling VF in Australia. I get quite a few requests from there. I will email you directly. Thanks again!
is Velvet Finishes recommended for kitchen cabinets?
Absolutely!! Here is a link to a post we did:
Can you use this on laminate?
Hi there! Yes you can simply do a test spot for adherence. Some laminates are super slick. Worse case scenario you wipe over the laminate with a medium grit sanding block. Thanks!!
Where can I order? I’m from Namibia Africa and this will work wonders!!!!
Hi Lewendi! We ship all over the world! You can order at velvetfinishes.com
Hi Kellie ! I just stumbled across your video , seems to be what I’m looking for . I’ve been putting off giving my kitchen table a face lift because like you this “chica” don’t want to be sanding! ? My table is very dark (mahogany) with stains, water rings etc. Do you recommend after using your “ready” paint or leave it be I’m not sure as to a color change really like the factory purchase of the mahogany!
Can this be used on wood kitchen cabinets?
How is this better than deglosser? Less smell?
Hi Devin, Ready is an odorless cleaner AND deglosser. Thanks.
What a fantastic idea, I’ll have to try this instead of sanding next time. Great work.
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