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One of the biggest complaints I get from the male customers in my store is "I can't believe you would paint over [insert any piece of furniture here]. It's an argument with many of my design clients as well, the wives typically want the trim in their homes painted while the husbands can't stand the idea of painting woodwork! I agree with both arguments, wood should and shouldn't be painted but how does a person decide?
The painted furniture trend has taken the nation by storm in the past 6 or so years, generally interior design trends will last about 7 years so it's safe to say the trend has peaked and will be subsiding shortly however my best design advice is to avoid trends and decorate your home in a way that makes the most sense for your family but do it in a way that you can incorporate ever changing trends without having to do a complete overhaul. Painting furniture is an easy and economical way to update a thrift store find to help make your space feel more current and that's why everyone loves it!
Deciding when to paint is the most crucial step because once a piece is painted there is very little chance you will ever strip it back to the wood finish when that becomes the latest trend. My biggest painting pet peeve is watching a novice DIY painter slap paint over a mint condition piece of furniture because the trend said so. Here are some simple steps to help decide if you should paint!
When to paint:
When to leave it alone:
Painted furniture can be a great option for an affordable update to an outdated piece just be sure to use the trend sparingly throughout your house and mix it in with pieces you currently have to create an environment that is uniquely yours and not just a page from a magazine.
Stop by the store this weekend July, 20 & 21st for our unpainted furniture clearance sale I am happy to help with how-to advice! Next weeks blog will be about how to choose the right paint for your DIY project.
Do you have a DIY project that you're stuck on? Send a photo, I'd love to help!
Happy Painting, DIY Friends!