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.
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!!!
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.
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!