Hey Guys! I say, let’s save the stain. If you’ve been here a while you know I paint, usually everything. But more and more lately I want to try to save at least part of the original look. Talking furniture of course.
Looking back on past projects some of my favorites are actually the ones where I showcased at least part of the original finish and updated the piece with a bit of paint.
13 Save The Stain Furniture Makeovers
Sometimes I just painted a few drawers, sometimes I painted the top of the furniture, and other times I painted the body or casing. The paint colors vary but the majority of the makeovers are white paint, sometimes antiqued or aged to fit the piece.
Take a look below and let me know your favorite. I have a couple and I’ll tell you what they are at the end. See if you can guess.
(click any of the pink text links to view the entire furniture tutorial with instructions and photos)
The blonde table belongs to my Aunt and I updated it for her a couple of years ago. The top was a little damaged. the original finish was discolored in a few areas or missing. I selected a paint color to match the pair of living room chairs and it works. Really looks good.
My Aunt recently moved to assisted living and the table and pair of chars are some of the furnishings she took to her new home.
I’m not a fan of oak but left part of this piece unpainted. The mirror was missing so we cut a piece to make a chalkboard. Different!
One of our reclaimed projects. I found the stool base minus top at my favorite junk shop and the cabinet door was the perfect mate.
Ah, this piece is so lovely. I hated to get rid of it. I bought it to keep but really had no place it fit well. The top was a mess and I tried my best to do the buffet justice. Through trial and error I painted, aged, toned, until the top almost looks like original old wood.
The only part of this chest of drawers where the stain wasn’t damaged was the two top drawers. So they didn’t get painted, just cleaned and shined.
Save the Stain
The Eastlake style table is a style I see frequently in the antique malls and flea markets. The style doesn’t sell for the price it used to. No one wants antiques anymore. Have you guys heard that? I painted the damaged top and aged the paint. The bottom is cleaned up and oiled with Howard’s Feed n Wax (one of my favorite products).
The vintage chest of drawers with details like the one above are hard to find. I love those legs and the carved details on the drawer. The white paint got distressed to show off the details.
The kids table needed a whimsical look and the daisies did the job. I think dark stain and white paint go together like peanut butter and banana.
I didn’t even have to paint this piece. I brought it home, distressed the paint, cleaned it up, and shined everything up with wax.
The small table had a replaced top and it was stark white. I painted the top blue then decided to go back to white. Extra work. Then…..I antiqued the paint. You can see the technique I used in the video below…..
How To Antique Paint
I think the pulls or knobs made all the difference in the cedar chest. I also removed a couple of curvy wood details that made the piece look really country and really outdated.
The plain jane sofa table needed just a bit of paint to make it look really modern.
I can’t take credit for this piece. I spotted it at the Nashville Flea Market and fell in love with the look. White wicker with stained wood, perfect.
Okay, I’ll tell you my favorites and you tell me yours. Mine are…….the Blonde table belonging to my Aunt and the vintage chest with the painted drawers. Leave a note please and thanks for being here. I know your life is busy. Thanks for spending a little time with me, Kathy