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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. 

Photo Blog May 24 Painted Furniture Vintage Before After

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.

Photo Blog May 24 Painted Furniture Martha Stewart

Photo Blog May 24 Painted Furniture Martha Stewart Green Dining Room

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…

Photo Blog May 24 Painted Furniture Vintage Table

Photo Blog May 24 Painted Furniture Vintage Folding Table

Photo Blog May 24 Painted Furniture Vintage Console Chair

Photo Blog May 24 Painted Furniture Vintage Dresser

For more inspiration, read Adding Soul With Vintage Finds.

Photo credits:
1a. Michael Penney
1b. From House & Home March 2010 issue, photography by Angus Fergusson
2a. Martha Stewart
2b. Martha Stewart
3a. Martha Stewart
3b. Martha Stewart
4. Craigslist.ca
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