The READY, COLOUR, ENHANCE system that we have is so easy, it’s like taking candy from a baby! Below are FAQ’s answering common Velvet Finishes questions...
What is distressing?
Distressing your piece is an easy way to create an aged look for your furniture. Simply distress the edges and areas of detail that you would like to show wear – such as behind a drawer pull or furniture edges.
Kellie's Tips: Distressing is easy but there is a bit of an art to it. The 2 biggest challenges I see people face is (1) they do not know where, on their piece, to distress and (2) that it scares them to sand on a perfectly good paint job! Do not be afraid - it's only paint. If you hate it, repaint it!
To create a natural worn look, only distress where the natural wear would be - the handles of an arm chair, the edges of drawers, behinds drawer/cabinet pull - places like that.
If you really want a distressed look, distress more, but still only distress in natural wear areas.
And please, please, please avoid what I call the 'leopard look by distressing'. If you are distressing the flat surface of a table, do the edges. If you want more, do fewer, larger areas, rather than a ton of little spots. I. Beg. Of. You.
Remember your piece will probably have a lamp or books placed on it, so keep your accessories in mind too, when sanding.
What are the three ways to distress?
The three ways to distress are:
Wet Distressing: A very simple way to distress by simply using a damp, lint-free rag. Rub the painted surface, while still wet, with the cloth and the paint will begin to thin and remove.
Kellie's Tip: For the wet distressing technique, make sure you work fairly quickly and do not allow the paint to dry too much. If it is dry in an area you want to distress, apply a small amount of paint to reactivate the paint. This, along with the dampness of your rag, should be all that is necessary.
Wet distressing is perfect if you only want to reveal the finished color of the wood you have painted, rather than distressing with a sander which will reveal the raw wood as well.
You cannot wet distress once the paint is cured.
Distressing with a Sanding Block:
We recommend using an 80 to 120 grit block for distressing. Simply apply pressure when using the block and work in straight lines, as best as possible.
Remember the lower the number the coarser the grit.
Kellie's Tip: Do your distressing in a moderate amount, stand back and determine if you need to go over any areas. If you are not sure how distressed you want a piece to be, sand lightly - you can always go back over the piece. If you over sand, just repaint the area. No big deal.
Distressing with an Electric Sander:
Using an electric sander is the fastest way to sand. For larger pieces of furniture the electric sander is usually the best choice.
Kellie's Tips: I love the Ryobi Corner Cat Sander available at Home Depot. The shape allows you to do small nooks and crannies, as well as cover larger areas quickly. The best tip I can share about sanding through paint is to use enough pressure - if you do not, you will have these weird little circular patterns that show up in the finish. Sand it like you mean it people!
What I love most about the electric sanding method (other than it is super fast) is that it gives you additional levels of color. Meaning: when you wet distress, you only reveal the finish of the wood and when you electric sand you actually go through the finish to the wood. With electric sanding you have the paint COLOUR, the finish of the wood AND the actual wood showing. If your piece has been painted previously painted you will also reveal that layer.