Would you share pics of your painted furniture pieces?

bird_lover6May 1, 2011

I've seen some beautiful work here, but am having trouble finding threads with the photos. I need ideas for colors.

If you have photos, would you please share what paint color you used? Or link to your posts?

Thanks so much!

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justgotabme

I rarely paint furniture for our home use because we prefer stained, but when I need inspiration for my business I look at the link below....

Here is a link that might be useful: Patina Furniture

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 11:13PM
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HIWTHI

Are you asking about decorative painted or just painted one color? There is a blog I visit called Before and After that has tons and tons of painted furniture. I know of a few others too I can pass on to you if you are interested.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 12:34AM
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oceanna

I created a HUGE Gallery posting full of tons of pictures of painted furniture over on the Decorative And Tole Painting Forum. If you're looking for fun, cute, pretty, or elegant ways to decorate furniture, you'll find loads of ideas there. Hope this helps.

Here is a link that might be useful: Painted furniture and household objects

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 3:27AM
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emagineer

Oceana,
Wow, who is the artist that paints the "bright/intriquite" furniture? The dry sink and then a bunch of other examples shown below. I'm ready to paint! You continuously inspire.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 7:21AM
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emagineer

Never mind...found the website. May not be for everyone, but I love this stuff.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pam Design

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 7:39AM
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Sueb20

My little recent project:

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 9:29AM
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tuesday_2008

Have you seen Juddgirl's painted/glazed hutch. I think it is awesome! I am attaching a link to it. Hope she doesn't mind.

Tuesday

Here is a link that might be useful: juddgirl's hutch

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 9:45AM
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brittone2

When I think painted furniture, I think Miss Mustard Seed's blog. Lots of tutorials and tips there. I love how she mixes the stained wood tops on many pieces (waxed often times) with the painted finishes.

Here is a link that might be useful: miss mustard seed's blog-painted furniture

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 1:09PM
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paintergirl94

I have lots of painted pieces, and if you'd like any of the *formulas*, let me know. Here are a few pics, but I have many more...
BTW, what kind of furniture are you planning to paint? Light? Dark?

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 2:55PM
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oceanna

Emagineer, thanks for the kind words. You are always such a sweetie. I'm sorry but I posted that so long ago I can't tell you. Perhaps if you google "painted furniture" and view "images" you will be able to find the pictures you're looking for, and thereby discover the artist.

SueB your project came out looking great. I love what you did with the low center area, and your meticulously painted gold trim. And the little drop handles look great. Nice work!

Paintergirl, those are gorgeous! Yes please I would love the formula for that first pic.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 6:19PM
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oceanna

Emagineer, sorry I didn't notice your second post. Glad you found it. I agree, she does amazing work. Very cheery and eye-catching, with great use of color.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 6:30PM
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rafor

Here's a pic of a free craigslist dresser that I painted and re-purposed as a buffet in the dining room. I have a dark pine hutch I also got free on craigslist that I want to paint a la Mackenzie Childs or like the site emagineer posted. Fun fun!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 7:45PM
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lukkiirish

Oceanna! I've missed your eye candy threads!!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 8:52PM
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bird_lover6

Thanks, folks! I guess I meant refinishing furniture with a coat of paint as opposed to stripping and re-staining. I love looking at all your photos, though.

I started sanding today, and I had so much fun! :) This is much more fun than scrubbing toilets. hehe

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 10:07PM
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oceanna

Thanks for the sweet words, Lukkirish! That was a fun thread, with tons of pics and it never got posted to this board, so I figured most of you didn't know about it. I am fascinated by painted furniture, as you can see. As for my regular Gallery threads I do here, I update them from time to time and it's almost time again. :D

Bird_lover, that's funny. What did you think of the bird dresser in my link? I thought of that one when I saw your name.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2011 at 12:33AM
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juddgirl2

Beautiful pieces posted! I just love painted furniture.

My favorite (but most difficult) project was the orange pine hutch I painted with BM Baby Turtle and finished with a glaze. Tuesday posted a link above - thanks Tuesday for the compliment! It's in my foyer and I still love looking at it every time I walk through the door.

Right now I'm in the middle of painting 2 dressers for DD's room makeover. I used the same paint/espresso glaze technique but her room is done in cream, white and pink so I used SW Ultra White as the base color.

I painted an entire bedroom set for DS's room in a distressed black finish. The total cost for 3 pieces of solid wood furniture (dresser, desk and nightstand that I found on CL, ebay and garage sales) plus paint and new pewter knobs/pulls was less than $150. I used a few coats of RL paint, sanded down the edges, stained the exposed wood, and finished them off with a couple of coats of Varathane.

Happy painting - be sure to post before and after pics!

DD's dressers (in progress):

#1 before (veneer was in really bad shape so I stripped it off the top - solid wood is so much easier to work with!)

after:

Dresser #2 (before satin finish coat)

DS's dresser

    Bookmark   May 3, 2011 at 1:08AM
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bird_lover6

Oceanna, I LUV that bird dresser! I love decorating with bird motifs, but I try not to be over the top about it. (And "birds" include roosters in the kitchen. :) )

Juddgirl, I love your work. I was searching for your hutch but couldn't find it. I think your glazing is perfection. I see too many pieces with too much glazing for my taste, but I love your work.

I haven't chosen a color yet for this little console that I'm painting first, although I am leaning towards an "orangey" color. My dining room walls are dark brown, and my curtains are the Pottery Barn Peyton in ember. I think an orangey console table in my foyer would really pop and I want to bring that color into the foyer, anyway.

I was going to move the curtains to another room and paint my chairs orange, but I like the console idea much better.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2011 at 8:56AM
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juddgirl2

thanks, birdlover. I'm not fond of overly glazed pieces either and try to wipe off most of it so it just dirties up the paint a bit and stays in the crevices. It's a bit tedious "wiping on and wiping off" just enough but not too much, but I think I'm getting better with practice.

I saw a technique on a boutique's how-to website - she paints the piece, distresses with sandpaper, chains, hammers, etc. and then coats it with stained Danish Oil. Wipe off after a period of time and the stain stays in the crevices. Seems a lot easier and I'm going to try it next time.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2011 at 4:10PM
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tinker_2006

juddgirl - beautiful!!!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2012 at 9:09AM
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ILoveRed

Juddgirl--that white dresser is beautiful. It looks better than the "boughten" (lol) distressed, off white, Paula Deen stuff in my master bedroom. You must be talented.

Boughten is a sophisticated, leftover word from my childhood.

Love the knobs too.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2012 at 9:33AM
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My3dogs

I see that you are looking for solid color examples, but this site shows the amazing talent of a husband and wife team. I stumbled on it earlier this year.

I see they are having a show today and tomorrow, with more details on their site -

Our next show: September 15th & 16th
Traditional Artisan Show, Bedminster,PA

Here is a link that might be useful: Painted Furniture by Dan and Marlene Coble

    Bookmark   September 15, 2012 at 9:42AM
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juddgirl2

thank you, tinker and red lover!

Reading this thread is making me itch to get back and paint something. Unfortunately, I'm running out of room and don't need any more furniture in the house :-)

    Bookmark   September 15, 2012 at 12:58PM
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EG3d

I found this solid wood headboard on Craigslist. I painted with Behr Creamy White in the Ultra paint over a white primer.

Before:

After:

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 3:47AM
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winchesterva

Before:

After:

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 7:46AM
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loribee

Yummy pix!
I recently brought 2 little aqua tables home from my office. They don't match anything, lol, but I love them.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 8:14AM
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forboystoo

loribee~ I've loved your house FOREVER.
I think I've said it before but "I'm stocking your house photos"
Side note: I've just open a photobucket account so that I can post more than one photo in a post..
I know how to copy the html and post ..
Please in "I'm not a tech girl" language ..
Can someone who uses Photobucket help me resize photo..
If it's too detailed I'll google it..
thx so much !!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 12:41PM
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luckygal

I won't post pics because my painted furniture is either antique white or black as I always wanted the option to change my color scheme without repainting furniture. However one thing I did is paint the inside of my black sideboard a Chinese red and I just love it. It always makes me happy to open the drawers or doors and see that bright color. The sideboard is in my kitchen and I use red as an accent color there. This may be something others haven't thought of doing and I highly recommend it.

I am considering painting a newly acquired piece a bright color - just haven't yet decided which color.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 3:10PM
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denali2007

I am at the beginning stages of painting a chest of drawers. I'm using the Annie Sloan Chalk paint and loving it. I'll post pictures when I finish up.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 10:04PM
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forboystoo

I've gotten to the point were I paint too much..

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 2:02AM
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mellyc123

luckgal pls reconsider sharing pics
I have only many shades of brown wood so even painting something white or black would be " color " for me.

Forboystoo, those are lovely, thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:55AM
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nosoccermom

Juddgirl,
how do you remove the veneer from pieces? Any tricks/advice?

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 8:35AM
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celticmoon

This was a $20 grab off Craigslist.

Annie Sloan Barcelona (orange)alone looked too pumpkin-like. So I added a coat of clear wax mixed with Emperor's Silk (red).

Easy to be bold because it was headed for the basement rec room. Makes a nice media base.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:25PM
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celticmoon

whoops forgot the before picture. It was beat up but solid mahogany, with dovetailed drawers etc. I hated the silver hardware, but decided they were not so bad spray painted bronze.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:32PM
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celticmoon

yah, she was a real beauty...

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:35PM
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juddgirl2

nosoccermom - I used a combination of an iron over a damp cloth and a heat gun to melt the glue, and a scraper to scrape off the loosened wood. From what I recall, I started out with the heat gun but ended up using the iron because I didn't want to burn the wood underneath. It was not fun but it worked.

I was going to replace the veneer and then paint over it, but the wood underneath wasn't in bad condition so I just sanded and painted.

I prefer to work with solid wood, or at least veneered pieces that didn't have the damage that this one did, because it was a lot of extra work.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 2:54AM
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loribee

Pretty, pretty pieces....
Forboystoo~ thank you kindly and you DID it! You posted pix! Yay!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 5:26AM
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mea5

I am posting for all you scardy cats. This was my first attempt at painting furniture. It's kinda fool proof (if your not an a type perfectionist)- and I kinda am...
Here is a little cabinet that started off redish mahogany. I sanded, primed, sprayed with Rustoleum Heirloom white, then sanded and covered with some stain. I probably wouldn't sand the front like I did again. But still like it so much better than the original.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2012 at 1:36PM
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angiedfw

I don't know where you all are finding these

    Bookmark   November 3, 2012 at 5:33PM
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cooperbailey

How did I miss this thread? It's late but here is a recent photo of a buffet I painted. I refinished the top since the finish was in bad shape. The rest was painted with ASCP Paris Grey and Old White. The florescent warehouse lighting makes it look blue.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 8:54AM
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Miz_M

Here are a couple of projects we've been working on, before and after shots. I've been using a homemade chalk paint recipe, and Johnson's Paste Wax after painting. Very happy with the recipe:

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 10:13AM
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Miz_M

Sorry, left out the paint recipe:

I use latex paint in Satin (one was Valspar, one was Sherwin Williams). Both look lighter in the pics than in real life, they're dark cream colors. I mix hot water with Plaster of Paris to make a smooth and creamy consistency, then mix it with the paint. It goes on very nice, and has a wonderful feel after waxing. I don't like my pieces to get too flat or chalky, so waxing is important, as is sanding between coats. I lightly distressed both pieces.

I use less Plaster of Paris than most people. I used too much on a practice piece once, and it was like pure plaster, a total nightmare. I did not prime either piece, just cleaned them first.

I want to say, I used to cringe in horror at painting old wood, but I'm really liking this chalk paint recipe, and how it turns out. And I only paint if the wood is too damaged for us DIYers to restore. My partner did strip and restore both tops here, the wood grain came out beautiful.

We're currently working on a sofa table.....harlequin pattern on the table top. I'll post pics when it's done. :-)

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 10:19AM
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cyn427

Miz M, those look great. We have a mahogany breakfront from the 40s or 50s that sucks all he light out of any room in which I try it. My husband bought it before we were married and he would never agree to let me paint it. It is now in the downstairs bedroom where I don't have to look at it too much. Oh well. Maybe if I show him your china cabinet...*sigh*

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 11:32AM
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Miz_M

Thanks, Cyn! It does pain me sometimes to paint over wood, but in some cases, it really is an improvement. Sometimes the wood finish doesn't make the piece more valuable. Especially in a case like yours, you would be enjoying the piece more if it was a color you liked, and it would be used and loved. Maybe that would convince him? Good luck! :-)

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 11:41AM
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Flowerchild

Here's a repurposed bureau I just finished painting.

Here is a link that might be useful: Before/After

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 2:47PM
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