maandag 25 november 2013

Painted Furniture

It’s no secret that I love vintage and antique furniture. But sometimes, too many old, dark pieces can make a room feel heavy and stuffy. The solution? Paint! Don’t get me wrong, there are times when natural wood and an antique patina is more beautiful and valuable than a painted piece. However, there are lots of times when a not-so-priceless chest of drawers could benefit from a lick of paint.

Here’s the exciting before and after of a dresser I painted for the March 2010 issue of House & Home. I used Farrow & Ball’s Blue Gray paint and some classic brass hardware from Lee Valley. Not bad!

Below are some other great examples of painted pieces from the Martha Stewart website. I love the idea of using colour when painting, although you can never go wrong with black or white.

Painting furniture brings out the elegant lines of a piece and highlights its silhouette. Paint can make a piece handsome and substantial with black or grey, or light and airy with a softer shade. Or, you can go for gusto with a hot, fashion colour and make it the room’s one, fun accent.

Whichever approach you choose (maybe all?), hunt flea markets, thrift shops, and Craigslist for paint-makeover candidates. Here are some I spied online today…

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