You Can Paint Antique Furniture
I know I might get a lot of flack for my view but…..you can paint antique furniture…it’s okay. If you want to paint antiques go for it. Your furniture, your decision. I hope you like this makeover though. I worked hard on it and I think the makeover does the dresser justice.
My good friend Sara is now a business owner. She has a shop called You Never Know in Clarksville. When Sara became a shop owner she offered me a great spot in the store. I would have a nice location near the windows and also be able to do some painting in the space. I jumped at the chance to be part of her dream.
The location of the shop is great and Sara is a savvy business lady. Like me she loves to paint furniture and we bounce ideas off each other. She has a wonderful sense of humor and she keeps me laughing (wiping the tears with paint stained gloves).
Her shop is where I found this great piece of furniture. I just rolled it back to my booth (had to pay for it first, of course) and waited for a few free hours to work on it.
I finally had time to do some painting. I love the design of this piece. It was missing most of the hardware and someone had added a few new green knobs. The new hardware was nice but not for this piece. I removed the new hardware along with the old and got down to painting. The new hardware will be used on another piece sometime down the road.
I decided on a turquoise and brown color scheme. I mixed the turquoise myself from paints I had on hand and I used Caromal Colours Reclaim Mocha for the top.
They don’t make furniture like this anymore. How about those feet. Love the curves.
I distressed the chest very heavily. I always use 60 grit sandpaper and an electric sander when getting serious with distressing, otherwise I would be sanding for hours.
I let the paint dry well and used wax to give the raw distressed wood an aged look and also to add a little sheen. The turquoise is really pretty. The photo doesn’t do the color justice.
Another look at those pretty feet after the distressing. Anyone know what this style is called? You guys are always so helpful.
A close-up after I applied a coat of Liberon wax and put on the new hardware. I purchased new hardware for this piece instead of using vintage. The knobs are a matte brown and they came from Hobby Lobby. With all the distressing and the two tone finish there was no need for bold knobs!
The turquoise blue and dark brown are perfect together. I distressed the top of the dresser also.
Hope you guys like the makeover. How do you feel about painting antique furniture. It’s okay if you don’t like the makeover just be kind in your comments.
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Thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy
This post first appeared on Petticoat Junktion in 2011. The images and details have been updated.