Painted Furniture: How To Transform a Flea Market Find (Part 1)

Ever visited your local flea market? They can be full of unique and interesting finds; old 60’s sideboards, tables on their last legs or chairs that dream of being sat on once again. To show how easy it is to update a piece of furniture using their Estate Eggshell or Full Gloss finishes, Farrow & Ball challenged sixteen bloggers to find an item at their nearest flea market and paint it back to the future. The ‘before and after’ images were so striking, we decided to span them over two posts – check back later this week for ‘part 2’!


1. Back to Black

by The House that Lars built 

What this masterpiece teaches us is that in some instances, less really can be more! This stunning sideboard was painted by @HouseLarsBuilt   in Off Black,boldly standing before a beautifully offset wall. A wonderful place for  your age old hardbacks!

The House That Lars Built

Painted in Off Black (right)


2. Beauté Parisien

by: The Decorista

@thedecorista believes this dresser may have been her best find ever! Wevet really helps to bring out the decorative crafting and provides a contrast to the ornate gold handles. Signed by its craftsman on the inside of a draw, the curves, carving and heritage make for a beautiful piece.

The Decorista

Painted in Wevet


3. Sit down, Relax!

by: Flodeau

This chair was once worn down and uninviting; it was quite literally on its last legs. A coat of paint later, and @flodeau has reinvented it!The deep tones of Pitch Black  add a wonderful gloss to the beautiful craftsmanship of this piece, with the contrasting Farrow& Ball colours of Blue Ground and Cabbage White creating a geometric pattern on the woven seat.


4. Hook, Line & Sinker Cabinet

by: Decocrush

This ordinary kitchen cabinet once looked far from salvageable, but what @DecoCrush have managed to achieve here is quite unique. It now stands straight and solid in Plummet, but upon opening the cabinet door, a bright and refreshing shade of Cinder Rose gives this cabinet interest and will be sure to raise a smile.


Painted in Plummett and Cinder Rose (interior)


5. Colour Clash:

by: Mamieboude

Yellowcake and Drawing Room Blue are both bright and vivacious colours, but who would have thought that they could work so well together? @MAMIEBOUDE had vision and makes a real statement with this dresser; a contemporary interpretation of a classic piece of furniture.

6. Colourful Bar Area

by: Strutterview ­

@strutterview has created a contemporary bar space, seamlessly linking the wall and the furniture through painted lines.  The green leaf-work and pop of colour through the yellow lamp give an almost mid-century Hawaiian feel. Spacious, quirky, bright and colourful, this would form the centrepiece of any dining or living room and be a real talking point.

7. Simply Bare

by: Le13zor

Less really can be more in some instances and this bedside cabinet has an extremely minimalist feel. Sometimes beauty ripens best when left in its natural form. By stripping away the varnish, the exposed wood appears fresh and new, beautifully complemented by the pastel shade of Stone Blue.


Painted in Stone Blue


8. Painted Drinks Trolley

by: Interiorator

Did you know that a William Haines cabinet from the Hollywood Regency era recently sold online for $7,500? The Regency Era is making a comeback and @Interiorator recreates that sense of glitz and glamour becoming of the era in this piece. This traditional bar cart is beautifully quirky and useful… “dinner party drinks anyone?”


The Chromologist


The Chromologist is a colour whisperer. He understands and knows them better than they know themselves, translating their pleas to be used beautifully for humankind. It's unknown from whence he came. Some say the fraction of space between a prism and a spectrum, others say he toiled in the fabled colour mines of Svalbard for years untold, deep underground, speaking only to the reds and blues, cerises and aquas, bronze and golds...

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