Brightly painted furniture…

I don’t know about you, but when Spring-time comes around and all those flowers come out to bloom in all their colourful glory, it makes me want to bring some of that colour into my home-wherever I can.

I recently did a post over at House and Home magazine http://www.houseandhome.ie/article/give-your-furniture-makeover-some-brightly-coloured-paint on furniture makeovers and advice on how to acheive similar looks so I thought I’d share a few inspiration pics here too.

I’m sure we all have pieces of furniture lying around our homes that have seen better days or that we’re just plain sick of so instead of shoving them into a closet out of sight or throwing them out, why not re-vamp them with some paint, some new hardware or accessories? I’m a big fan of upcycling and re-purposing furniture and in this climate it is becoming more popular than ever. 

 

image via www.pinterest.com

This beautiful antique sideboard has been given a quirky facelift with some bubblegum pink paint and some pretty glass knobs. It has been distressed along the edges to create a vintage, worn look. It now serves as a dressing table in this turquoise painted bedroom. It really shows personality and is truly unique.

image via www.idesignarch.com

This all-white kitchen has been given a whimsical touch with lots of colour and character with brightly painted Bentwood bistro chairs and the mish-mash of colourful prints and patterns on the windowseat.

image via www.warnerbrothers.com

We all remember Monica’s very famous kitchen from ‘Friends’. Although there’s a LOT going on, it’s hard not to love this kitchen with its bright turquoise shelving, multi-coloured chairs and yellow painted overhead cabinets. I always wondered how on earth a chef could work in such a chaotic kitchen with virtually no counter top space! I know, I know, it’s just TV but still!

image via www.polkadotbride.com

I love the idea of mixing chair styles at a kitchen table, it makes everything so much more informal and unstructured which is what vintage decorating is all about. You can really make a statement by mixing some quirky flea market finds with contemporary pieces or like in this image, you could paint the chairs all different colours. Totally unique and charming.

image via www.vintageamethyst.com

I just love this picture so had to include it. Love the baby pink colour on the chair and stool. I want to be at this tea party, it looks like a lotta fun :)

image via www.inspirationforhome.blogspot.com

I will always be drawn to vintage furniture and I will always be drawn to the colour turquoise. You can get very lucky at salvage yards and flea markets and stumble upon a treasure like this beautiful antique shop fixture. Wouldn’t this be fantastic storage for your jewellery, scarves, handkerchiefs or other small items?

image via www.decor8blog.com

I love this quirky living area full of flea market finds. One small space with a lot of personality.

image via www.countryliving.com

This yellow painted dresser really appeals to me. It’s so perfectly scuffed, imperfect and it looks so happy in this rustic kitchen.

image via www.lightlocations.com

It doesn’t necessarily have to be a piece of furniture that you paint! How cool is this painted stair runner? A lot less expensive than fitting a carpet and if you get tired of the colour, you can easily paint over it.

image from www.dreamywhitesblog.com

This is one of the most beautiful cabinets I’ve ever laid eyes on…It combines three things that I adore. The colour turquoise, chicken wire and it’s vintage! Maria from Dreamy Whites uses it in her dining area for some display storage in the upper half and for linen storage in the bottom half. If you come across a cabinet (or any piece of furniture) that you love, tear it out or save it and keep an eye out for a similarly shaped piece at a flea market or salvage yard (regardless of colour, wood finish, hardware etc.) and you could create one of your very own treasures! You would be surprised at the potential of some furniture that you would otherwise walk right past. Here are a few examples.

BEFORE…

image from www.designsponge.com

and AFTER…

New hardware and a coat of bright yellow paint transforms this antique sideboard into a quirky contemporary piece.

BEFORE…

and AFTER…

images from www.myrepurposedlife.net

This antique sewing table has been transformed into a pretty pink table with some useful storage. I love the new ceramic cabinet knobs.

So…will you be adding some colour to your home this Spring? I guarantee that if you create something yourself, you will treasure it all the more (and save some cash!) I would love to hear about your own DIY transformations in the comment section below.

If you would like to contact me about my design services, please email me at thevintagehome.net@gmail.com

10 thoughts on “Brightly painted furniture…

    • Thanks very much for your lovely comment. There’s nothing more satisfying than creating something you can call your own. Especially when you got it for such a bargain! :)

  1. I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one these days.

  2. Hi Amber just saw your house in house and home its lovely. Please tell me where you got the roll up blinds in the dining room they are exactly what I am looking for. Thanks

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