I just bought 8 pieces of furniture at a local online auction. I spent $130. Yikes! I think I got my money's worth though.
As you look at these pieces if you have any paint color ideas leave a comment please.
I have to say the vintage chest of drawers is my best furniture find in a while. I love painting these detailed pieces.
The chest is in really good shape. The drawers even smell good and with these pieces that usually isn’t the case. The chest has been well cared for. Two of the casters are missing but I think I have replacements for those in my stash.
I’ve never seen a chest of drawers with these teardrop things on them. Do you like them or not? Undecided.
How about the board with detail on the top of the chest? As you can see the top is kind of a mess and there is a strip of veneer missing.
Next is this desk missing one of it's top drawers. The desk is deep. I'm not a fan of that except maybe in an office space. I like the legs.
It’s made by Lane and we all know that’s a good brand.
This little table thingy is cute. It’s made of wood and iron and at first I thought it was a vintage piece but then noticed the tag on the bottom that said “made in China 2010”.
The top has thick sticky stuff on it. I think I’ll clean it up, repaint it white, distress it, and keep it. It might come in handy as an extra little nightstand when we have guests.
You guys might remember that I’ve been decluttering the house and just have the minimum of furniture in the guest bedrooms.
Our rooms are small and they look bigger without a ton of furniture. Also the more minimal look calms my mind.
This little table is nice. I like the spindle legs.
Has a bit of curvy detail in the apron around the top.
Now we get to a couple of bigger pieces. This entertainment center has a missing drawer and missing screen backing in one of the cabinet doors.
The missing drawer will be replaced by a piece of wood to make a shelf out of the space.
I’m not sure if I’ll just remove both cabinet doors or replace those filmy screens with something else. The color will probably be black, white, or gray. Maybe a special paint technique of some kind.
This piece will be really pretty painted if I can get it fixed up
One side drawer is in pieces and the top middle drawer is also coming apart. I think I can get them put back together without too much trouble. No idea about the paint color!
The sideboard has some nice details that would look awesome distressed or maybe highlighted with white paint.
This table is pretty good size. I haven’t seen one like it in a while.
It has a leather top with that gold design around the edges.
The table above is kind of a throw away piece.
It’s coming apart and is a cheap piece to start with. I used my nail gun to put it back together. I took it to the shop and priced it at $6. If no one buys it I will probably donate it somewhere. Not worth painting.
The vanity mirror came with the chest in the top photo. It is an odd piece that doesn’t go with any of the furniture I bought. I’ll take it to the shop and try to sell it. It might get donated too.
I paid $130 for all of these pieces. Not too bad.
I really like the Nantucket Style sideboard I painted a few months ago. What do you think of this color for one of the sideboards?
So now I need to hear you paint color ideas. Leave a note if you have time. 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.
I agree with everyone above-great finds ! I absolutely love the small table with the spindle legs and I fly far from the norm with what I'd do wit hit. I inherited my Grandmother's Grandmother's Garden quilt from around the 1920's sometime. I would use colors from the quilt and highlight all the little ridges, spools and such in different bands to coordinate with the quilt. What a perfect little nightstand it would make. Probably start with a slightly creamy white base and go from there. I'd snap that up in a skinny minute ! I'd also add a small shelf right above the stringer for the legs ,just inside the front legs, makes it more versatile.
Great ideas. Thanks!
Everything's so nice! I would paint the tear drop dresser a silver metalic! Ooooh lala!
You got a lot! This will keep you busy for a while. Me, I love shades of blues and whites.
I love blue too Rose.
Great finds. Colors ? I have issues with decisions of color, sorry. My favorite color is orange so the idea someone had for orange is a great idea - maybe a burnt orange with dark distressing !?! That might look cool. I have a question for u - I have press board cabinet with a laminate covering - want to paint it should I use a primer like Gripz (not sure of name but I think u’ll know what I mean) or should I sand lightly and paint ? Want to make it look boho and distressed so soft bright colors.
I’m always reading ur posts and very much enjoy them, thank u.
Lisa, If it's press board you shouldn't sand it. Fake wood will crumble if you distress it too much and will bubble up when wet or damp. I would use Glidden Gripper primer (now called P&G Gripper I think) or Zinsser Primer. Thanks for reading my posts! You can do faux distressing on the piece like I did here....https://petticoatjunktion.com/painted-furniture/layering-block-distressing-technique-is-crazy-easy/
Great pieces! I think the top piece would be lovely painted a soft, muted mustard/yellow/gold. I love that color and it is very versatile. ?
Great finds!! The teardrop dresser....ooolala.!
If I lived closer to you Id snatch that mirror in a heart beat! It is exactly what I am looking for to top
a serpentine dresser I am working on.
Personally, I'm a sucker for anything painted Robin's Egg Blue. If it's distressed, even better. I have never seen a chest of drawers with the teardrops on it. Kind of looks like a piece of cloth hanging out with tassels on it. Really unique!
Kathy, great haul! I have a table with similar leather top. How do you restore that?
The one with the teardrops would be beautiful in an orange color! I would probably do the desk and sideboard black or gray. Great finds!
Lori, You are the first person that has ever wanted me to paint a piece of furniture orange! I love orange and would paint it orange in a heartbeat if I was keeping the chest for myself. I will be selling it and orange might be a hard sell.
Beverly Montsinger Barnard
I love to paint furniture as well and I always read your blog. You are inspiring to this Virginia Girl. Please tell me how to connect with online auction sales like this one you connected with.
Also, I would love to know more about painting furniture so please sign me up for updates on how I can improve my technique.
I will sign you up, thanks. Check out this website for auctions. https://www.auctionzip.com/
I can’t wait to see what colors you choose. I love your style and enjoy reading your blog each week!
Beautiful pieces of furniture. I love antiques.
You did good girl! Can't wait to see what you do with the little table with the leather on top.
Can't wait to see what you do with all fabulous pieces. Love the teardrops, truly unique.
Beverly Montsinger Barnard
I love the teardrops piece as well....my favorite! I would paint that piece in a soft romantic color!
Kathy -- where do you find these online auctions? I would love to connect with some here in Virginia.
Wow, you really got alot for your money Kathy! The top piece is so pretty. I love the teardrop pieces. I'm thinking maybe a navy blue? White for those small side tables with distressing. The dressers are pretty if you can fix the drawers. You have some work cut out for you but what fun!! I cant wait to see what you do.