Looking for a quality wood and metal paint to use in your home or on furniture? Our avid DIY-er and reviewer, Sara Walker, has put the Premium Blend V700 interior wood and metal paint by Valspar to the test with her latest furniture upcycling project!
What is it?
Low odour, water-based interior wood and metal paint feature an Interior Paint Promise, providing low splatter, maximum coverage, wipeability and PureColour™. Whether it’s a long lasting white, or a colour of your choice, these wood and metal paints are easy to maintain and add the perfect finish to your home.
The Premium Blend V700 is a high-performance, non-yellowing paint with excellent ‘scrubbability’ and great stain resistance, making it perfect for busy homes and high-traffic areas such as hallways. Available in 1 litre, 2.5 or 5 litre tins in eggshell, satin or gloss finishes. Prices start at £15 for 1 litre. Available in 2,000 colours, or can be mixed to order for no extra charge.
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How to give life to an old piece of furniture using Valspar paint
I’m always on the lookout for good quality paint, as I love collecting old pieces of furniture and upcycling them. Sometimes this can be really dramatic and involve saws, but mostly it just involves sandpaper and paint.
A few weeks ago, I was given a lovely 1930s dresser by a friend, who had had it sitting in her garage for several years and was going to send it to the tip! Would I like it? Indeed I would. (I’ll shortly have to move to a bigger house at this rate…).
My first act was to remove the top cupboard part of the dresser to turn it into a sideboard/low cupboard. This lifted off easily and I put it aside for potential use in a future project. This instantly made the dresser look more contemporary.
Then I removed the ancient sticky-back plastic that covered the shelves, and found some pre-decimal coins stuck down the back!
The dresser was sturdy and solid with all the joints intact, but there were some signs of woodworm. The flight holes looked old, but to make completely sure I washed the dresser inside and out with a damp cloth then applied woodworm treatment.
Next, I looked at removing the key plates and drawer handles in order to add something more modern. The key plates, though, were very soundly attached with four nails and removing them would have meant a lot of filling and sanding. I wasn’t sure if I could get a good finish, so with the plates being in a very visible position I decided to leave them alone and just paint them over to make them less prominent.
Then, I used an electric sander with a fine grade sand paper to ‘key’ the surface and help the paint adhere. I was painting the inside of the dresser as well, and had chosen a different but complementary shade.
The hardest part of this whole project was choosing the colours, as Valspar offer a choice of 2,000 ‘off the shelf’ shades and can mix almost anything else to order. They can offer this vast choice as all the Valspar colours, except white, are mixed on demand, so the stockist only has to have the base colours and colour capsules rather than shelves of bulky finished products.
The process (choosing aside!) was quick and easy and took around 10 minutes. I eventually settled for a chalky blue called Driftwood Blues, and a soft French grey called Shrouded Lace.
The paint needed a good mix, but once that was done it went on extremely well. Although I was painting straight onto a raw surface, I could almost have got away with a single coat but did apply two. It dried extremely fast, as well – I was working outside in warm sunshine, and by the time I’d finished applying the first coat I was able to start the next.
Once I’d painted two coats both inside and out, I left the cupboard to dry overnight. I wanted to give it a slight distressed look without going too ‘shabby chic’, so I decided to use a minimal approach.
With the paint still slightly soft the next day, I used the flat side of a screwdriver to lift off paint on the edges and corners of the unit, where wear would have naturally occurred.
I was very pleased with the end result, which has given this nice, solid piece of furniture a new lease of life. Now, I just have to find room for it in the house!
Verdict on the Valspar paint
I was really impressed with this paint. It went on beautifully, with a nice creamy texture that covered well but wasn’t too thick. The range of colour choice was unbeatable, and because the coverage is so good it’s great value too. It stuck to the metal of the key plates just as well as to the wood, and gave a nice matt finish.
I experimented a bit by leaving cups on top of the dresser and the ‘tea rings’ all wiped off easily. There was very little odour and the brushes washed out easily afterwards. I can’t actually think of any negative points to make – top marks, Valspar!
(Disclosure: Valspar supplied paint for the purposes of the review, but all views and opinions are our own)2