Top 10 reasons you should roll up your sleeves, and paint some old dilapidated furniture.
10- The look is beautiful, versatile, original and unique.
9- You can breathe new life into something old, and save it from the land fill.
8- You can maintain a connection to the past by saving the old, instead of replacing it.
7- Used furniture stores are overflowing with inexpensive old wood furniture pieces of every size and type.
6- It’s totally customizable! You can make unmatched pieces match with a common paint color……or you can use several colors from the palette of your room and paint each of several pieces differently. For example a cluster of three small painted tables, instead of one large coffee table.
5- You can give an old piece of furniture a sleek modern update, or lend it an antiquated look, using various paint techniques.
4- It’s fun to be green by recycling old furniture, instead of buying new.
3- We’re in a recession, and it’s cheap.
2- It will make you feel good about your self.
The NUMBER ONE REASON you should paint some old furniture is:
1-It’s the weekend, and you have nothing to do!!
Some things to keep in mind:
- Do paint an old piece of furniture. Never paint a fine antique…..know the difference!
- Make sure to prepare the surface well . Good preparation is half the effort, and will get you the best long lasting results.
- You can further change the appearance of a piece by changing the hardware. This is a good way to modernize an old piece, or add a bit of whimsy to the style.
- You can choose a semi gloss paint finish for a sleek soft sheen, or you can use an eggshell paint for an almost flat finish. The shinier the finish, the sturdier.
- It’s OK to hire your painter to paint some furniture for you. It’s still relatively inexpensive, and much easier on your manicure. I won’t tell any one!
Some fancier techniques (but still for beginners)
- Once you’ve painted a piece, you can add a textured glaze finish. Use semi gloss paint, if you’re planning to add a glaze finish.
- Choose a pretty wallpaper that co-ordinates with your paint color, (or matches your walls) and apply it to smooth drawer fronts of a bureau, the back panel of bookcase or a table top. You can then apply a coat or two of clear polyurethane for protection.
- Paint two coats of a very bright color (like apple green) Once it’s thoroughly dry, add a good coat of black paint (two if necessary). Sand and distress the surface so that the bright green peaks through here and there. Finish it off with a coat of satin polyurethane.
- Paint the drawers a contrasting color. Or the top, or both. A beige chest of drawers with light aqua drawer fronts and top is serene and classic. Trim it up with crystal knobs.
- You can add stripes (or other imaginative motifs, like the tree design on the bureau above) by using blue painters tape to block off the background color.
- A simple floral design can be stenciled on, using craft paints and ready made stencils
- Be daring, you can’t do wrong!
Here are some excellent books devoted to painted furniture which will offer both inspiration, and instruction:
- Painted Furniture: Simple Techniques for Fresh NewLooks by Diane Weave
- Painting and Decorating Furniture by Sheila McGraw
- Painted Furniture: From Simple Scandinavian to Modern Country by Virginia Patterson
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