10 Ideas for Decorating with Painted Furniture

People typically fall into one of 2 categories when it comes to wooden furniture ... painted or unpainted. I think it's safe to say that I fall  into the painted category. I love the look of old, worn wooden furniture but I still tend to migrate toward painted pieces. To share my passion with you, I went to Houzz to find ideas for decorating with painted furniture. 1. Pull Out Color from a Patterned Piece A small, dark blue dresser pulls the … [Read more...]

Painted Furniture in the Bathroom

When it comes to decorating a room, one thing always leads to another. Always. On a whim a couple weekends ago, I painted my downstairs claw foot bathtub. Once I did that, I no longer liked the color of the cabinets in the room so that led to the next task ... painted furniture. Isn't that the way it always goes? Now I'm thinking the flooring needs an update (I think I'll settle for new rugs for now). After painting my tub Provence blue, my gray … [Read more...]

Vintage Painted Furniture at The Painted Drawer

One of my favorite decorating staples is vintage painted furniture. I've been painting furniture for years, but it wasn't until a couple years ago that I found out about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, thanks to several blogs that I'd been reading. Chalk Paint is a dream to use and is my favorite choice for painting vintage finds; it dries quickly, is easy to distress, and comes in beautiful colors. Someone who's a master at beautifully painting … [Read more...]

Bookcase Makeover

Today we just finished painting the outside of our house and you'd think I'd be sick and tired of painting, but I decided to paint my little bookcase in the family room. I have a big change coming soon to this room but more on that in a future post. For now, I'll just share my bookcase makeover. Here's the "after" ... I wanted my bookcase to have a little bit more drama than before.   Here she is before her makeover. Not bad ... but not … [Read more...]

Five Dollar Dressers

This past week I found not one, but two $5 dressers at the local Thrift Saver. They're not glamorous. Just simple, utilitarian dressers that get the job done. I was looking for one long dresser but when I spied two of 'em, I figured they'd work just fine. Here's the after photo ... Both dressers were re-painted to look the same. ASCP Paris Gray with ASCP Graphite on the knobs. A little distressing and waxing and they're done! This is the … [Read more...]

Ikea Cabinet Meets Annie Sloan

Several years ago I purchased an Ikea cabinet to house my computer. The pieces came in a box with illustrative assembly instructions (no text - just pics). I'm proud to say I put this cabinet together all by myself. Although the wood grain was pretty, I decided to paint and embellish it. This is the Ikea computer cabinet after I was done with her. This is the before, which I know some people might prefer. I like it this way too, it's just a … [Read more...]

Refinishing the Vintage Blanket Chest

When hubby inherited a blanket chest from his Aunt Marion, he put his foot down and told me I couldn't touch it with a paint brush. Well, after several pieces of furniture got a makeover in our home, he relented to my constant begging to re-do the vintage chest. Here she is wearing her new colors ... Aunt Marion's blanket chest now wears Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and a special mixture of Louis Blue and Paris … [Read more...]

Skinny Armoire Makeover

About a year ago I scored an old skinny armoire for $40. It's a great piece of furniture because it doesn't take up much space. Although I loved the dark wood, it felt a little ho-hum to me. After all the fun I had painting and decoupaging my desk (check it out here), I decided to apply the same technique to my skinny armoire, using a blue script paper from Michael' The desk is in a different room so I didn't think this would be decoupage … [Read more...]

Decoupage Desk

About 15 years ago I bought a little black desk for $35. Since that time, it's been painted a couple different colors ... mainly because I was never satisfied with it. But now, I think that's all changed. I think my little desk has finally discovered who it was meant to be. This is the after photo. In this picture, it doesn't look too different from the before photo ... It was worn, tired and dirty. Enter a little Annie Sloan Chalk Paint … [Read more...]

Aunt Marian’s Tables Get a Makeover

My hubby rescued these cute little tables from his Aunt Marian's home when she passed away. They're full of charm but had seen a bit of life and were in need of a fresh scrubbing. It started with a coat of white paint, which lasted for months. But that seemed too stark. A little bit of distressing and dark wax provided much needed warmth. I'd thought about replacing the drawer pulls, but think they're cute so left them in place. Sometimes … [Read more...]

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