It turns out that just as I was writing about Vecco’s new DIY system to help unbore the floor, one of their smart PR Reps was mailing me a trial kit. The sample kit came with everything I needed to get started “veccorating.”
It included four basic templates, two cans of Vecco spray (one pink, one purple), two cans of Vecco sealant and a small rug. It did not, however, come with an explicit set of directions.
That said, I’d viewed the video instructions on the Vecco website a few weeks prior and since this was just a sample, I figured my boys and I could wing it on a quiet summer afternoon that was neither warm nor sunny enough for a trip to the pool.
Note: it’s best to review the directions prior to application, especially if you’re preparing to do a full room of wall-to-wall.
It was easy enough. Place the template:
Apply the color:
Had I watched the how-to videos again (we don’t have Internet access in the house unless I borrow a mifi unit), I would have known to apply the paint in a sweeping motion to avoid the paint from pooling like this:
Oops. But never fear, the rug looked nice; I decided it just needed an extra day to dry. Which was a mistake. More about that in a minute. The nice thing about a reno house is you can get a bit wild knowing that things, like our green living room/dining room carpet, will soon be gone.
So I let the boys go nuts with our extra paint. Here is the teen using the Jazzy Dots template to paint a proper boundary line for his balloon volleyball court in the living room. Why not?
Because we had applied excess paint, I gave our sample project extra time to dry before applying the sealant. Imagine my surprise when we went to seal the rug and our design was starting to not just fade, but disappear altogether.
Dude, where’s my volleyball court? BTW, the Vecco site describes the criteria for carpet best suited for Vecco treatment and I don’t think this carpet meets any of those.
Oh well, easy come, easy go. This gave me the opportunity to try out another Vecco feature- the fact that you can vacuum away your mistakes prior to treating your design with sealant.
My takeaways: Vecco provides a fun opportunity to explore a new medium, but as with anything new, there is a learning curve. I recommend starting out with a small project or even a sample kit, if Vecco sells them. I appreciated the chance to try this out in a low stress situation in which I did not have a pricey project (read: hundreds of dollars in carpeting) on the line and I think others would, too.
If the Vecco folks don’t have sample kits for sale, they should consider offering an inexpensive one, possibly even smaller than the one I received, just to let people play around possibly get hooked on it. I mean, if we’ve learned nothing from
drug dealers bloggers, it’s the benefit of providing free samples, right?
If you’re a crafty DIYer, you’ll want to give this a try.
Disclosure: I received a free sample kit. I was neither paid nor asked to provide this review. My boys and I appreciated the chance to try this out, even if they are upset that the balloon volleyball court has disappeared. The green carpet, however, may not be gone until