Get Creative With Painted Furniture

April 16, 2014 by  

furn02Feeling crafty? Painted furniture opens up a world of possibilities in home decorating on a budget. You can create one of a kind looks for a fraction of the cost of buying new furniture. If you’re up for a fun and easy Do It Yourself project, here are some great reasons to break out the paint. If you don’t consider yourself an artist, have no fear; you don’t have to be the next Picasso to pull off painting your own furniture.

Older children and teenagers are usually capable of painting a piece of furniture they’ll be proud of, so let them have some ownership in creating a unique look for their bedroom. It makes a great family activity that everyone can enjoy. Just remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be spectacular, relax, and go with the flow.

1. Spruce up the furniture you already have – What do you do when you’ve grown tired of your furniture, but it’s still completely functional? Breathing new life into your old furniture is easier on your wallet and the environment. If you’re totally bored with your furniture, a few coats of paint can give it a brand new look you’ll love.

2. Turn inexpensive secondhand purchases into something special – Everyone has had the experience of finding cheap secondhand furniture with great lines, but a less than great finish. An antique bed with detailed woodwork, but a finish that is worse for the wear, will look amazing with a deep plum or vibrant red paint job. This is also a great technique for a home in which you’re blending vintage and modern looks. Everything old truly can be made new again!

3. Add color to your rooms when you can’t paint the walls – If you rent your home and aren’t allowed to paint the walls, you don’t have to live a colorless existence. Paint a dresser or dining room table in a bold color that coordinates with your artwork or other home accessories and your home will look anything but generic. You don’t have to own your home in order to create a feeling of ownership.

4. Create the color you crave – It can be difficult to find furniture in the exact color you want, especially if neutral tones aren’t your thing. Instead of settling for a color that almost works, but not quite, create the perfect hue at your local hardware store and get ready to paint. Why limit yourself to whatever palette comprises the current hot sellers with the furniture chain stores? The sky’s the limit.

furn015. Express your unique style – You have a one of a kind personality. Why settle for run of the mill furniture that is an exact replica of what everyone else you know owns? Whether you love Warhol-esque neons, dramatic jewel tones, or prefer the softer shades of a shabby chic home, your living space should be an outward expression of who you are. If you’re inclined, you can take it even further than simply using a solid color. Stenciling, freehand designs, decoupage, and other techniques add special touches. This can be particularly fantastic for nurseries and children’s rooms, as you can give your little one a piece of furniture that may well become a family heirloom, passed along as each new generation is born. The child sized rocking chair you adorn with daisies today might be used by your grandchild a few decades from now!

Painting furniture is easy and fun. Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly artistic, you can have the satisfaction of creating something beautiful for your home. The number one mistake people make with this project is underestimating the amount of time it will take and rushing through the process. Getting a professional look is less about talent and more about patience. Go slowly and remind yourself that attention to detail now will pay off when you’re finished. If you try to speed up the process by adding new layers of paint before the last one is totally dry, you run the risk of ruining the finish. Let each coat of paint dry thoroughly before you move on to the next. You can also learn from people who are more experienced than you. From simple instructions to complex techniques for the more experienced, you can find dozens of step-by-step tutorials online.

Warning: painting furniture can be addictive. Try it once, and you’ll soon find yourself looking for excuses to do it again!

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