Thursday, June 25, 2009

Use Paint to Liven Up Your Furniture ~ Boldly Paint Furniture with Vivid Colors

It's amazing what a simple coat of paint can do to a room.
You can also use paint to give your furniture a complete
make over to liven up your room. The above bedroom
is absolutely gorgeous and it just wouldn't be the same
without the boldly painted wicker divider in bright blue
for a headboard. The lime green is a really nice accent
to go with blue and dark brown comforter.

It is absolutely okay to go wild with color on an antique
or vintage piece of furniture. The French bergere styled
chair to the left is proof of this. Vivid pink with cheetah
patterned fabric, it's loads of fun.

How about a pop of cherry red in this simple country
styled room?

The Orange headboard just screams out at you.

Opposite the headboard, a burnt orange chest
of drawers.

A White chair with a zebra pattern to mix it up.

And a sunny yellow faux bamboo chair.

I've posted this photo before but I wanted
to show it again so one can see that instead
of Teal, it could have been any other color.

Black to anchor this colorful blue living space.

A bright blue desk is certainly unique.

50 Ways to Paint Furniture

And with my addiction to books, here are
a few on the painting of furniture.

This is a more technical primer with step
by step instructions on how to paint furniture.

Painting and
Decorating Furniture

Painted Furniture

Great examples and ideas.

Painted Furniture: Decorating
Ideas and Projects

Better Homes & Gardens publications
always have fun ideas.

Your Home: A Living Canvas

And last but not least is a beautiful book
with photos and inspirations to painting
not just your furniture, but your home.
This one is worth checking out.

Any of you thinking to makeover or paint
a piece of furniture this summer?

Photos from Canadian House & Home


April Force Pardoe said...

I love painted pieces. The blue headboard in the first picture is great! Also love the zebra chair. I just bought zebra fabric for that same purpose - now what color to paint the chair? :) Great post.

un bel oiseau said...

I'm drooling. help! :)

Hello Lover... said...

For starters, I'm so happy your back. I love your blog. Second, thank you so much for this post. I'm going to look into these books asap. I have a desk and a few other pieces I want to paint but am so nervous because I really have no idea how. This post is just what I needed!

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Great inspiration & terrific books. I agree, painting furniture transforms a room & it's re-purposing an item that may of ended up in a land-fill. Great post.

Linda/"Mom" said...

* That HOT PINK CHEETAH BERGERE is SOOOOOO DELIGHTFUL and F*U*N!!!!! I ADORE it!!! (Makes me smile!)~~~

...annnd, I just spent several minutes TRYING to figure out WHERE I could possibly "do" something "wild n' crazy" like that in our house here in the desert~~~ came to the conclusion that we've just GOT to buy a lil' "love-nest" somewhere... BUUUT, as much as "I" love the chair, I just CAN'T see my sweet husband getting "turned on" by it!!!(Smiles!)~~~

Thanks! That was a delightful "WAKE-UP IT'S FRIDAY!" posting!!!

Linda in AZ *

red ticking said...

really fun color... great blog.. have a nice weekend!

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mimi charmante said...

The thing I love is that most of these started with a white palette which I am very fond of, and then added color that is easily interchangeable. Inspiring! Thank you~

Struggler said...

I agree with Mimi, there are great lessons here on starting with some very plain rooms and making them pop!

I will probably have to confine any painting attempts to thrift-store finds. My Beloved Husband gets very upset if I paint 'real' wood!!

Norine said...

The orange is what got me. I realized that over the years, I always come back to orange every time I decorate for myself. Started with painting parts of my furniture orange when I was 12.

Tommy Bahama Bedding said...

Love the photos you've chosen :) They're such great examples of what color can bring to a room.

Tiina said...

these photoes are really great! i love it when people use colours.

Simone said...

I am absolutely in love with the the boldly painted wicker divider in bright blue for a headboard! In the words of stylist Rachel Zoe--"I die". Thanks for sharing!