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HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Daring Furniture Facelifts ~ Befores and Afters

If you are afraid to paint perfectly good wood furniture, reconsider!  

 

The following photos illustrate how good quality stained wood furniture can go from boring to beautiful in a matter of hours.

 

In my work as a decorator, I occasionally cross paths with clients who want light bright and airy interiors, but they are held back by their drab wood grained furniture and cabinetry.

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Painted Antique Grandfather Clock

 

Melissa is a big proponent of painted wood, but her rule is that if the wood grain is beautiful, it shouldn’t be painted.

We both agree that all woods are NOT created equal!

She tried to keep me from painting this clock, which is a family heirloom!  I had a vision, though.  She has since admitted I did the right thing.

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Daring Furniture Facelifts ~ Befores and Afters

BEFORE: Heirloom Antique Oak Grandfather Clock – Beautiful, but not adding anything to the room

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Daring Furniture Facelifts ~ Befores and Afters

First Painted Version

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Painted Antique Grandfather Clock

Second Painted Version – Softer

People get hooked on the idea that they will devalue their furniture and antiques if they paint them, but it depends on the furniture or antique.  An antique’s real value is whatever someone is willing to pay.

 

Why hang onto a piece of furniture that doesn’t bring you joy and doesn’t bring you closer to your decorating vision?  Even Monet had painted furniture in his home, which was surely made of lovely grained wood.

 

Not every piece should be painted, but if your furniture is not making your home sing, think about it!

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Daring Furniture Facelifts ~ Befores and Afters

AFTER: 1990s Wood Armoire – Fresh and Light

Carved furniture often looks great when painted white.  Compare the painted carving at the top of this armoire to the carving on the unpainted “before” picture.  The unpainted version looks dated, but see how fresh and charming the painted version looks?  I love how the painted pulls turned out, too.

 

 

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Daring Furniture Facelifts ~ Befores and Afters

BEFORE: 1990s Wood Armoire – Heavy and Blah

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Daring Furniture Facelifts ~ Befores and Afters

AFTER: Nicely Constructed French Provencial Credenza – Fresh and Light

To achieve this finish, I started with an allover coat of Zinsser primer, even on the hardware, and then applied a few coats of waterbased latex paint.  Once the paint was cured, I rubbed the edges and carvings with very fine sandpaper (I used whatever I had in the garage, maybe 220 grit) to draw attention to the details and give the furniture personality.

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Daring Furniture Facelifts ~ Befores and Afters

BEFORE: Nicely Constructed French Provencial Credenza – Drab and Lifeless

❀  This article was lovingly written by my ghost writer Melissa the Room Stylist

9 thoughts on “Daring Furniture Facelifts ~ Before and After

  1. Janea says:

    Wow! Wonderful improvements made by painting the wood. I love the before and after pics.
    XO, Janea
    http://theSTYLetti.com

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    1. It’s helpful to see before and after photos, isn’t it?

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  2. Beautiful finished product! I know how hard it is for me to paint good wood, but hey, if it doesn’t feel good to you anymore–paint it!

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    1. I think this is where listening to your deepest design instincts pays off!
      For years, my mom has told me that she wants to paint a gorgeous antique oak French library table. I won’t let her. I am sure it would be beautiful, but it is so lovely as it is. I hope she doesn’t see this post because I have a feeling she will paint it!
      xox

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  3. joy says:

    This is a lovely advancement in simply a paint change , I am now inspired to redo my entire bedroom set. Maybe I should surprise my husband. Thank you for your wonderful pictures and hard work. Encouraging to all of us. These pictures are so beautiful I want to visit the homes they are placed in and simply gaze upon the beauty.

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    1. Joy, Sometimes surprises are the best way to get things done, especially if your spouse is not as daring as you! I hope you go for it!

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  4. melaniemoves says:

    Lovely finished effect, but a bit scary to put the first coat on… an economical way of changing and brightening yor home and recycling your current furniture antiques or not.
    http://melaniekidd22.wordpress.com

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  5. Janet bolinger says:

    Scary, but so enjoyed both outcomes! You r Brave! Good for you Mel! Love jjb

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