10 Ways To Paint Old Furniture New

You’ve been trying to ignore the yellow sheen of that varnished pine cabinet from 1992. It stands in the corner, beautifully built, majestic in stature and resolutely serving its purpose as a piece of furniture. Or how about that bedside table you’ve been meaning to replace for years, decorated with coffee coloured Olympic rings. None of these items of furniture deserve to end up on the scrapheap! With the help of a bit of furniture paint, a paintbrush and a bit of time, these semi-antiques can easily be turned from eyesore to want more…

Here are ten pieces of furniture that have been lovingly resurrected with paint:

1. Something Old, Something New, Something Reclaimed, Painted Blue

A solid colour works well against natural wood or metal. The combination here of imperfect, reclaimed wood with worn metal creates a one of a kind piece that celebrates the heritage of the material and original craftsmanship.

Table painted in Drawing Room Blue by Farrow & Ball

Table painted in Drawing Room Blue by Farrow & Ball

2. Striped Green Wardrobe

Use harmonious tones on a panelled wardrobe to add interest to an essential piece of furniture. If the wardrobe is often used, or placed in a guest room, wallpapering the inside will guarantee a smile and delight your guests!

Old wardrobe upcycled with Calke Green, Breakfast Room Green and a line of Plummett all by Farrow & Ball

Old wardrobe upcycled with Calke Green, Breakfast Room Green and a line of Plummett all by Farrow & Ball

 

3. Aspiring Author’s Bureau

The use of a soothing colour inside a writing bureau can inject just the right amount of colour into an otherwise monotone scheme.

Painted desk in Railings (outside) and Cooking Apple Green (inside)

Painted desk in Railings (outside) and Cooking Apple Green (inside)

4. CUSTHOM’s ‘Bauhaus’ Dresser

Inspired by the Bauhaus school, CUSTHOM’s dresser embodies the company’s unique and arresting techniques and is imbued with their signature graphic style. Nathan Philpott and Jemma Ooi met while studying at the Royal College of Art and founded CUSTHOM in 2009. As well as creating their own collection, the duo have completed commissions and created bespoke designs for The Design Museum, Liberty and Anthropologie among many others.

How to paint a dresser by Custhom

How to paint a dresser by Custhom

TIP: Before painting your own Bauhaus dresser, complete the preparation. Then use masking tape in different widths to create your linear design. Paint the unmasked areas using your chosen colour, remove the masking tape and your dresser is complete.

5. Patchwork Kitchen Cabinet

Using multiple colours on drawers and doors is a simple, yet effective way of adding personality, depth and colour to a kitchen. Use bright colours to inject a sense of fun, or different shades of grey for a more grown up look.

Colourful kitchen cabinet in Calamine, Dimpse, Cinder Rose and Rectory Red by Farrow & Ball

Colourful kitchen cabinet in Calamine, Dimpse, Cinder Rose and Rectory Red by Farrow & Ball

6. Colourful Bentwood Chairs

An assortment of colourful chairs around a large table, or a single chair in a vibrant hue, is too good an invitation to miss and is a simple way to experiment with pops of colour.

Nancy's Blushes & Striped Bentwood Chairs

Nancy’s Blushes & Striped Bentwood Chairs

 

7. An ‘Ombre’ Laundry Bin

An ombre effect can inject a sense of style to functional furniture…This technique works best with high contrast colours as it is easier to cover over a lighter base coat with a darker top coat.

An ombre effect can inject a sense of style to functional furniture...This technique works best with high contrast colours as it is easier to cover over a lighter base coat with a darker top coat.

Laundry bin with ‘ombre’ effect painted in Brassica, fading into Blackened

8. Swinging 60’s Sideboard

Less is more… Not every inch of a fabulous furniture find needs to be painted – just painting the drawer handles or door panels can have a dramatic effect.

Paint yourself a 60's style sideboard

Paint yourself a 60’s style sideboard. Colours: Arsenic and Charlotte’s Locks by Farrow & Ball

9. Art Deco Style Chair by designer Daniel Heath

Daniel Heath is an independent wallpaper, textile and surface designer renowned for his whimsical yet sophisticated hand-drawn illustrations of nostalgic animals and motifs. Daniel uses a combination of sustainable materials, contemporary material treatments and traditional craft processes to create unique engraved decorative surfaces for his clients. Daniel’s striking chair is inspired by the stunning array of Art Deco architecture that can be found in London.

Art Deco style chair by Daniel Heath

Art Deco style chair by Daniel Heath

10. Heathland Painted Chest of Drawers

This unique furniture piece, ideal for plant lovers, is not for the faint-hearted as it involves carrying out some bespoke carpentry to create a custom planter. The furniture is painted in Calluna (a type of Scottish heather) and the plants on top are… you guessed it, Calluna!

Painted chest of drawers in Calluna

Painted chest of drawers in Calluna by Farrow & Ball. Wallpaper behind is Lattice BP3505

 

See how-to guides for recreating each piece of furniture here



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