Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

We all get antsy with our decor, but not all of us can afford to go out and purchase something new.  Painted furniture is a pretty great way to change things up for a new style while releasing some of your creative energy. Painting furniture is one of my favorite things to do! This dresser has been in my family for years, I love it but it needed a makeover.  You can check out the before and after photos on my blog Designers Sweet Spot. Most would agree that painting is great, but the prep work can be a chore! Julie Blanner shares a great way to skip the sanding and achieve the same results. Not everyone appreciates a bright piece of furniture in their home.  This charcoal dresser from Farm Fresh Homestead perfectly accented this beautiful farmhouse living room. The precise lines on this chair really make the colors pop! Hilda Got Rocks does an excellent job demonstrating the power of paint and tape.  Think of the possibilities here! A balayage inspired dresser!? Thirty Eighth Street was inspired by this popular hair color technique.  We absolutely love how this beautiful dresser turned out! The Graphics Fairy has an excellent explanation of how to create this jewel tone finish on furniture.  You’ll never believe what this table looked like before it’s fabulous makeover. Stenciling is also a fun way to add interest to your furniture.  Here is one of my most recent furniture makeovers.  Designers Sweet Spot has all my tips + tricks as well as photos to explain how I created this fun dresser! So you’d like to paint some…
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How to Stencil Furniture Like a Boss

Stenciling furniture can be an easy and fun way to give it a new look without spending much money. Here’s how to stencil your furniture like a BOSS.     This post is sponsored by Deco Art. I was compensated in some way for writing this post. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of rules, see the disclosure page.   Stencil Like a Boss Let’s face it, most furniture is boring. Most of the time we invest so much money in it, it’s not something we want to buy if it’s super trendy. We choose to purchase as many used pieces as we can, then fill in with items from the store so we don’t feel guilty of making it our own. The benefits of this recycling mindset, is that I am not afraid to change the look of things when they get boring. Take this dresser for example. It’s been in our garage for a while, just screaming for some decor help. Recently I was browsing the Deco Art website and came across this adorable bird stencil. Love it! Right away I knew it was what this old dresser needed. The dresser was already white, so I didn’t repaint it except to touch up a few spots of the old white chalky paint here and there. For this stencil project I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Primative. Distressing The top and corners were sanded to reveal the wood tones beneath the paint. This little Ryobi Sander is the bomb for distressing! Don’t be too neat about…
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Reed Stool Update

I found this little Reed Stool in the trash.  Some poor soul didn’t appreciate it’s fine charm and worn patina. I loved it right away. Oddly enough, the home that threw it away was having a garage sale. I thought the things they were selling were not even worthy of being in the trash, yet they threw away this adorable stool. I will never understand some people. The stool must have been stored in the basement. It had a bit of green mold on the legs when I brought it home. I scrubbed the legs with warm water and ammonia, then left it out in the sun for a couple of days to dry. The finish on the legs was refreshed with a bit of Ebony Minwax gel stain. They are now as good as new. The top of the stool needed a bit of help too. I debated for quite a while as to whether or not I even wanted to cover the faded colors that the stool had. I am just not a big fan of orange, so I opted to paint it. I pulled out some leftover paints from my stash of products. I used Yesteryear and White Chalky Finish paint by Americana Decor, and a bit of Folk Art Acrylic paint. The painting part was easy. I love to use recycled containers for pallets, here I used a plastic jar lid for mixing paint and water until it was a smooth but watery consistency. I wanted the paint to soak into the reed material instead of…
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Mid Century Hutch Makeover

  This post is sponsored by DecoArt. Any opinions expressed are completely my own.   I have had this Mid Century Hutch sitting in our garage for the last couple of weeks. I found it at the local thrift shop, and snapped it up immediately despite the fact that it was missing it’s legs. There were a lot of reasons I chose this Mid Century piece, mainly it’s compact size. It’s not to massive that it would be hard to move. I also liked it’s unique character, and rather George Jetson appearance. Something about Mid Century Pieces fascinates me. I don’t know what it is but I get suckered into buying them all the time. An added plus, is that this piece closely matches our dining room table with it’s odd rectangular shapes on the doors. Missing parts do not deter me from anything. In this case, I was able to go next door to the Ace Hardware and buy the perfect legs for $3.00 each. I had spent more than an hour online looking for just the right ones, and I was glad I stopped in at the local store before I ordered them. They were far cheaper at Ace than anywhere else online. I started painting with Deco Art’s Chalky Finish paint. I used Everlasting white on the inside and Treasure blue on the outside. I got about 3/4 of the way finished with the piece and stopped. I didn’t like it. Not at all. I wasn’t sure why, but it just wasn’t what I expected. So, this…
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Bohemian Nightstand

  I have been working on this project for several days. Actually, I have been thinking about it for several days. I found this adorable night stand at a thrift store recently. It called to me. It was several days later that I started painting. I have been wanting a new nightstand for a while, and this was just the right size. I have also been looking for just the right piece for furniture painting contest by Decor Art. I loved this piece because of it’s unique character and unusual hardware. For some reason it seems like it is an ethnic piece, perhaps of Mexican origin or maybe even Indian. I decided to just call it “Bohemian”.   The first thing I did was to give it two coats of “Everlasting” Chalky Finish Paint by Decor Art. I debated for a couple of days as to which color to choose, since there are so many beautiful shades of Chalky Finish Paint. Everlasting is a lovely shade of white, I loved it immediately when I started putting it on. While I was haunting the thrift stores, I came across some other cool things, like this gold bowl and gnarly looking faux fruit. They both seemed pretty “bohemian” to me (actually they are native to Wisconsin! Who knew?)           I spotted these Moroccan style lanterns at Pier One Imports, they made it home with me too. By this point I considered “bohemian” to be a general term for anything exotic and cool. Did I mention that I am now…
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Chalk Painted TV Stand

      I love this old Mid-Century TV stand. I bought it at a garage sale years ago and it has been so useful. It’s the perfect size and height for a larger TV, and has great storage for videos and such behind the doors. I also love that it’s up on legs so we can store items underneath it. I use wicker baskets to hold items like remotes, batteries, extra cords and the like. One of these days I will drill holes in the back so we can store the TV components behind closed doors. The stand was black when I got it, which fit well with my decor at the time. I was going through a black phase for a while. Now, it seems far to dark and dreary. Not that the men in my life mind. They sit and watch TV in total darkness anyway. I think it’s time for a change.   For this project, I decided to use the Decor Art Chalky Finish Paint in Escape (blue) and Relic Grey (for the stencil). The stencil itself is also by Decor Art, in the Harlequin Pattern. The folks over at Decor Art were very generous in suppling me with the items needed for this project. The first step was to remove the hardware and give the piece a fresh coat of paint. I decided to paint it in the basement where it sits rather than move it out of place. The Chalky Finish paint is an easy product to use and doesn’t drip much at…
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Office Desk Rehab

  I have been up to my elbows in paint lately. I have painted hallways, bedrooms, basements and furniture. I have paint under my nails and permanently stuck in my hair, so it seems. But, I am not done painting yet. I am finally getting around to working on my office. It’s been a long time since I had an office. Usually, I use a corner of the living room. And the kitchen, porch and dining rooms. I sort of take over any extra space I can get. But somehow, as luck would have it, I have inherited an entire room, all to myself. This is indeed a luxury. It calls for a bit of celebration, something special. Like painting my desk and decorating the office. More on the decorating later. The old desk is inherited. It’s been around a VERY long time. Being solid oak, it will last forever. But, I was tired of the dull brown color and worn out handles. It was time for a major change. (Castle is on the computer screen, I enjoyed watching re-runs on Amazon while I was painting this project, call me crazy but I didn’t even notice it was in the picture until posting this photo today. Yes, this is my most recent obsession. Wanna make something of it?) My chosen paint materials were a bit of leftover primer that I had from another project, and several bottles of Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint and satin varnish. Thanks so much to Americana Decor for allowing me to try their product! The…
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