When painting farmhouse style decor, white is my color of choice, especially when decorating my home for Spring.
I bought several frames and baskets at my favorite junk shop a few weeks ago. I got a lot of good stuff. The basket will be perfect for Spring flowers and I can paint the frames white and use them year-round.
I had in mind to make a pretty farmhouse style display so painting all of the items white made sense. I love the farmhouse look but most of my home decor is very colorful....greens, yellows, oranges. Maybe someday I will undertake a major decorating do-over. That would involve a lot of time, money, and energy...so maybe not.
Freshening items with paint isn’t really time intensive. I finished painting several items giving them a farmhouse style look in less than two hours….and what a difference.
The metal frame contained a WWII or Korean War photo of an aviator. I still have the photo and I wish to thank Laura for the information on the Veterans project. I will try to contact them and send the photo to add to their archives. I didn’t want to toss the photo or stick it in a drawer. I get a little sad when I see old photos in a junk or antique shop…..those people are someone’s relatives.
I simply dry brushed the frame. Dry brushing is the art of dipping your paint brush into the paint, wiping almost all of the paint from the brush using a paper towel or something similar, and then running the paint brush over the details of the item you are painting.
I spent about 2 minutes dry brushing the basket. It is easy to create depth and character with just a bit of paint.
I painted the basket inside and out using Beyond Paint.
I bought several canvas stretchers at the shop and painted all of them off-white.
Then I distressed all of the frames by hand using 60-grit sandpaper. I couldn’t get the paint off using anything finer. Sixty grit is really coarse. I think the paint was hard to remove because the frames are unfinished wood.
The junky decorated birdhouse is an earlier project. I love that little house. I put a container of colorful impatiens in the basket.
When Spring comes around I’m always ready to lighten things up.
Two years ago I painted all the wood furniture in our living room white.
How do you feel about Farmhouse decor? Do you have white or painted furniture or do you prefer wood finishes? Do you change decor with the seasons?
You might like to see my Farmhouse Style Bench I painted earlier this year.
As always thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.