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Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Hello everyone…I know it’s been awhile since I last posted but it’s been a tough month of very icy weather leaving Hello I Live Here to complete painted furniture pieces inside.  I love doing painted furniture pieces, but truly I want to get back to building and using my tools, so enough Mother Nature with the icy weather already – it’s time for you to go.

Today I will share with you some of my custom painted pieces all completed with Annie Sloan Paints I think you will like.  I have been upping my game to come up with new designs my clients will love.  Here are a few I think you will like.

Small Night Stand

Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Waxing Furniture

Painted Pieces

It’s looking like better weather for next week so I am hoping to return to the shop and crank out some rather great projects.  Until then enjoy the painted furniture pieces we have selected to show you.  If you have a favorite, make a comment.  And, if you have some of your own painted furniture pieces, post them on our Comments Section.  We love to share projects with our readers.

Waxing Furniture

Also, find us on Facebook, Pinterest and Hometalk where we also share loads of photos from our own collection of painted pieces and the great shops and bloggers we work with every day.  We would love for you to follow us and share us with your friends. Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Here’s to winter ending quickly – I envy everyone with great weather today 🙂

Linda

Painted Furniture

Painted Furniture

Painted furniture, love it or hate it?

So, what is your take on painted furniture?  As Hello I Live Here spends a few hours reading posts on the subject of painted furniture, the debates on the subject appear to get a bit heated.  It used to be, we stained wood furniture because that was the rule.  Then one day I walked into my living room and it looked like a big, brown bomb had gone off, leaving my furniture with no identity.

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Being a thrift shop and garage sale addict, it feels like I spend half  my life going to garage sales, estate sales, and auctions looking for furniture pieces that are not pretty just so I will not feel bad turning them into painted furniture. You know what I am saying, that one ugly piece nobody will buy but you know it will turn into something great if you just…PAINT IT.  Furniture repair can be costly and can require tools you may not have.  If you love to redo furniture and you are not tool equipped to change it’s structure, I suggest you become really good at painted furniture techniques.

With that said, you need to make sure you are not painting a valuable antique or a family heirloom entrusted to you, as you can totally decrease the furniture’s value by walking by it with a paint brush.  However, there are those wonderful thrift store pieces that were not maintained by it’s owners that are just screaming PAINT ME…MAKE ME PRETTY AGAIN!!!

New Life in Old Furniture Pieces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can accomplish a great piece of painted furniture in half the time by using a good quality chalk paint like Annie Sloan Paints.  I love chalk paint.   It very rarely requires any preparation, such as sanding or priming, and can be used indoors or outside, on just about any surface – from wood to metal, or plastic and terracotta.  Hello I Live Here takes the time to clean the pieces with a mild soap and water, even inside the drawers.  I feel this method helps kill any smell that may be left behind by it’s old owner’s.  Do not use chemical wipes on your furniture pieces, this can change your paint by making it crack or yellow.

Chalk paint is fun, easy, has low VOC’s and is eco-friendly.  It comes in a variety of colors, and you can mix the chalk paint colors to get the look you want.  You can make chalk paint  smooth by adding a bit of water, leave the lid off to thicken,  or turn it into a wash.  This wonderful paint can help you create a paint method that will give any old piece that wonderful painted furniture appearance.

Annie Sloan paint
Annie Sloan paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, when you are having your next discussion on if furniture should be painted or not, remember some pieces are not worth the time it will take you to refinish with stain, but it can be a lovely piece again if you just paint it.  Just make sure it’s not an antique!

Happy Painted Furniture readers!

Linda